Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June Contest Update

or a Seeker Book of Choice. 
You get to pick.
 Winners announced in the Weekend Edition.



Welcome to the June Contest Update. The official countdown shows that there are 213 days left to 2016. What have you done today to make your dream come true?

In addition to the contest update, we've prepared a list of conferences by month. You can access that here. If you can't attend a large conference, a small conference, workshop or retreat is a great way to network and meet with your people. WRITERS!! 


From Rhonda Starnes blog:
So, this just happened! I won the Inspirational Romance category of the Wisconsin Fab Five writing contest! I’m so thankful for writing friends and mentors who push me to step outside my comfort zone and enter contests I wouldn’t normally enter.
ff-winnerYou may be wondering, what are the benefits of entering contests? Well, I see two main benefits. First, it’s a great way to get unbiased feedback on your writing. Second, entering contests is an excellent way to get your work in front of an editor who might not have seen it otherwise. So, if you’re a writer and you’ve been “sitting on the fence” trying to decide if you should enter contests, I say go for it!

Published Manuscript Contests


Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Deadline June 30.

 STAR Crossed Covers Contest. Deadline June 30.

The Carla. Deadline July 1.




Unpublished Manuscript Contests


Lone Star. Deadline June 5. Competition is open to published and unpublished authors. Entry consists of the first 5,000 words of your manuscript.**

CONTEMPORARY:
Piya Campana,Editor Harlequin  
Cindy Davis-Editor, Wildrose Press
Victoria Lowe- agent, The Bent Agency

HISTORICAL/REGENCY:

Char Chaffin- Editor, Soulmate Publishing
Allison Byers-Editor, WildRose Press
Robin Hasletine – Editor, Entangled Publishing

FANTASY, FUTURE AND PARANORMAL: 

Brenda Chin-Editorial Director, Imajinn Books
Debbie Gilbreath- Editor, Soulmate Publishing
Sarah Hershman – Agent, Hershman Rights Management

** INSPIRATIONAL ROMANCE:

Raela Schoenherr, Acquisition Editor, Bethany Books
Nicola Martinez, Editor Pelican Books
 3rd Judge TBA


ROMANTIC SUSPENSE/INTRIGUE:     

Tara Gelsomino, Editor Crimson Romance
Andrea Somberg – Harvey JKlinger Agency
Michelle Graikowski- 3 Seas Literary Agency


YOUNG ADULT/ NEW ADULT:    

Alycia Tornetta, Associate Editor, Entangled
Sarah Blumenstock, Berkley
3rd TBA

SINGLE TITLE:    

Alicia Condon, Editor, Kensington Books
Chris Kessler – Editor, Boroughs Publishing

Jill Marsal – Agent, Marsallyon Literary Agency


Ignite the Flame. Opens for entries June 1 and deadline June 30. ***Entry must be from an unpublished completed manuscript in book-length fiction (minimum of 40,000 words).Submit up to 15 pages maximum. Enter the scene of your unpublished manuscript when your hero and heroine first meet (or reunite after a period of time) and experience that first spark of attraction.

Contemporary: Elle Keck, Editor, Harper Collins
Erotic: Christine Klocek-Lim, Acquiring Editor, Evernight Publishing
Historical: Tara Gelsomino, Executive Editor, Crimson Romance
**Inspirational: Emily Rodmell, Editor, Harlequin, Love Inspired
Paranormal/Fantasy/Futuristic/Time Travel: Tahra Seplowin, Editor, Harlequin, HQN
Romantic Suspense: Megha Parekh, Editor, Grand Central
Young Adult/New Adult: Liz Pelletier, CEO & Publisher, Entangled



Pages From the Heart-Published Division Deadline June 30. ** Eligibility: The writer is contracted or published, but the entry itself must not be contracted or published as of June 30, 2016. Self-published authors are welcome.  Submission Consists of: No more than 6000 words/ first 25 pages.
Short Contemporary
Editor: Elle Keck, Editorial Assistant, Avon Books
Editor: Carly Silver, Editor, Harlequin

Long contemporary
Agent: Courtney Miller-Callahan, Handspun Literary Agency
Editor: Meredith Rich, Editor, Bloomsbury Spark

Romantic Suspense
Editor: Caroline Acebo, Assistant Editor, Grand Central Publishing
Editor: Allison Lyons, Editor, Harlequin Intrigue

Historical
Editor: Deborah Gilbert, Editor, Soulmate Publishing
Editor: Erin Molta, Senior Editor, Entangled Publishing

Paranormal/Fantasy/Time Travel
Agent: Jennie Goloboy, Red Sofa Literary Agency
Editor: Elizabeth May, Editorial Assistant, Kensington Publishing

Young Adult
Editor: Alysia Tornetta, Editorial Director, Entangled Publishing
Editor: Sarah Blumenstock, Editorial Assistant, Berkley/NAL

***Inspirational
Agent: Michelle Grajkowski, Three Seas Literary Agency
Editor: Nicola Martinez, Editor-In-Chief, Pelican Ventures Book Group


Hero Of Our Heart Award:
Agent: Stacy Donaghy, Donaghy Literary Agency
Editor: Elizabeth Poteet, St. Martin’s Press



Pages From the Heart-Unpublished Division Deadline June 30. Submission Consists of: No more than 6000 words/ first 25 pages. Unpublished authors only.

 Unpublished Division:Long contemporary
Agent: Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Agency
Editor: Alexandra Sehulster, Assistant Editor, St. Martin’s Press

Short contemporary
Agent: Scott Eagan, Greyhaus Literary Agency
Editor: Patience Bloom, Senior Editor, Harlequin

Historical
Agent: Jessica Watterson, Sandra Dijkstra Agency
Editor: Janet Clementz, Editor, Soulmate Publishing

Suspense
Agent: Laura Bradford, Bradford agency
Editor: Carly Silver, Editor, Harlequin Intrigue

Paranormal
Agent: Sara Megibow, KT Literary agency
Editor: Kayla King, Assistant Editor, Harlequin Nocturne

Young Adult
Agent: Linda Scalissi, Three Seas Literary Agency
Editor: Alycia Tornetta, Editor, Entangled Publishing

*** Inspirational
Agent: Nicole Resciniti, The Seymour Agency
Editor: Raela Schoenherr, Bethany House



 Linda Howard Award of Excellence.  Deadline June 30Contest is open to unpublished and published authors. Published authors may submit only unpublished, non-contracted manuscripts that will remain unpublished until the contest has concluded. Entry consists of the first 5,000 words. Finalists have 7 days to submit a synopsis.

Categories

Short/Long Contemporary Romance
Final Judges:
Single Title - Alicia Condon, Editorial Director, Kensington Publishing
Series - Pamela Harty, VP of Sales/Literary Agent, The Knight Agency

Historical Romance
Final Judge: Patricia Nelson, Literary Agent, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Paranormal/Futuristic/Fantasy Romance
Final Judge: Ansley Blackstock, Acquisitions Editor & Author Development Liaison, Liquid Silver Books

Young Adult Romance
Final Judge: Michelle Grajkowski, Literary Agent, Three Seas Literary Agency

Romantic Sensual and Sizzling
Final Judge: Cheryl Yeko, Award Winning Author & Senior Acquisitions Editor, Soul Mate Publishing

The Write Magic
For Southern Magic members only
Final Judge: Kristy Hunter, Submissions Coordinator & Associate Agent, The Knight Agency



Put Your Heart in a Book. Deadline July 1Entry consists of the opening chapter of your manuscript, along with a synopsis not to exceed five (5) pages. Submission should not exceed thirty (30) pages total, including text and synopsis.


Final Round Judges: 

Contemporary Series
Agent: Jane Dystel, Dystel and Goderich
Editor:Theresa Cole, Entangled Publishing
Author: Katherine Gilles Seidel 

Single Title Contemporary Romance
Agent: Michelle Johnson, Inklings Literary Agency 
Editor: Sinclair Sawhney, Senior Editor, Tule Publishing
Author: Nancy Herkness

Historical
Agent: Miriam Goderich, Dystel and Goderich                     
Editor: Esi Sogah, Senior Editor, Kensington Books
Author: Tessa Dare         

Paranormal
Agent: Margaret Bail, Inklings Literary Agency
Editor: Lori Whitwam, Managing Editor, Limitless Publishing
Author: Terri Brisbin

Young Adult
Agent: Eric Ruben, The Ruben Agency
Editor: Jennifer Herrington, Editor, BookFish Books
Author: Christina June

Romantic Suspense
Agent: Suzie Townsend, New Leaf Literary
Editor: Patience Bloom, Harlequin
Author: HelenKay Dimon


Indiana's Golden Opportunity. Deadline July 1.E ach entry shall be no longer than fifty-five (55) pages. Entries are comprised of the first pages of the manuscript (including prologue if one is used), and the synopsis. The synopsis may be no longer than ten (10) pages. Open to any unpublished author in novel- or novella-length romance fiction. 

 FINAL JUDGES FOR 2015:Contemporary Romance                                                                               

 E-Pub Editor-Latoya Smith -Executive Editor Samhain Publishing

E-Pub Editor- Heather Howland-Editorial Director Entangled Publishing

Erotic Romance                                                                                

Traditional Print Editor- Allison Janice-Editorial Assistant Berkley Publishing

E-Pub Editor- Michele Paulin-Editorial Director Resplendence Publishing 

Historical Romance   

                                                                                      
Traditional Print Editor-Laura Fazio-Assistant Editor NAL at Penguin

E-Pub Editor-Erin Molta-Senior Editor Entangled Publishing

Inspirational Romance***                                                                  

Traditional Print Editor-Shana Asaro-Associate Editor Harlequin Love Inspired

Traditional Print Editor-Becky Philpott-Acquisitions Editor HarperCollins Christian Publishing       
               

Paranormal Romance                                                                                     

Traditional Print Editor-Kristine Swartz-Editorial Assistant Berkley Publishing

E-Pub Editor-Angela James-Editorial Director Carina Press / Harlequin

Romantic Suspense                                                                                         

Traditional Print Editor-Patience Bloom-Senior Editor Harlequin Books

E-Pub Editor-Deb Nemeth-Developmental Editor Carina Press

Young Adult Romance                                                                   

Traditional Print Editor-Lauren Smulski-Editorial Assistant Harlequin

E-Pub Editor-Stephanie Taylor-Owner & Editor in Chief Astraea Press


 First place winners in each of the categories will continue to the Best-of-the-Best round.

Best of the Best-Katherine Pelz-Assistant Editor Berkley Publishing Group
 




Other Writerly Opportunities



Enter the Golden Donut Short Story Contest. Deadline July 1, 2016. The contest winner receives the prestigious Golden Donut Award AND and free registration to any 2017 WPA-hosted event! The Writers’ Police Academy is pleased to continue the Golden Donut short story contest in 2016. The rules are simple—write a story about the photograph above using exactly 200 words, including the title (each story must include an original title). The image in the photograph MUST be the main subject of the story. We will not provide clues as to the subject matter of the image, or where the shot was taken. That is for you and your imagination to decide. Remember, though, what you see in the image absolutely MUST be the MAIN subject of your tale.

The Oregon Christian Writer's Conference.  August 15–18, 2016. Held at the Red Lion on the River Hotel (Jantzen Beach) in Portland. Twelve intensive morning classes and 26 afternoon workshops include a variety of fiction and nonfiction offerings, plus writing for young adults, writing for magazines, writing Bible studies, indie publishing, poetry, self-editing and a premium class with pre-conference manuscript reviews. Writers have opportunities to work on craft, get feedback through manuscript reviews, meet one-on-one with editors and agents, and receive “Next-Step” career advice from award-winning mentors. Each year contacts made during this conference lead to publishing contracts. More information check here.


Angels, Miracles, Cats, Dogs, Canada and more... The Chicken Soup upcoming topic line up can be found here.


Another terrific paying market for your short fiction is Splickety Magazine. Check out the guidelines here.


ACFW Virginia  Short Story Contest. Opens June 1, 2016. Deadline June 30, 2016. The theme is Christmas. Entry consists of an original 4,000 – 6,000 word short story. Entries must not have been previously published in any form. You do not have to be a member of ACFW to enter. Details here.


Interested in selling to Woman's World Magazine? Details for submission can be found in the February Edition of the Contest Update here.

Another great market is the True's (True Confession and True Story). Guidelines here.
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Welcome to our June Contest Diva: Angie Dicken!




My first introduction to my most favorite writing group ACFW was in 2010 when I entered my then-WIP in the Genesis contest. Previously, I had taken three years to write a different story, danced with a vanity press and hadn't gotten the vibe nor the funds to go through with it, and realized I needed to stuff that first manuscript in a drawer never to be seen again. So I began a new story and stumbled upon the Genesis contest via the web.

I swear I thought I was closer to publication than what the feedback gave me. Ever felt that way? 

But, if it wasn't for that entry and its feedback, I'd have never ventured further into the ACFW world and joined the Scribes Loop. I met my crit partner/bestie Ashley Clark there, and she pushed me to come to my first ACFW conference in 2010—that magical time where I met another bestie Pepper Basham and soon became an Alley Cat for The Writer's Alley.

All because of an entry fee, honest feedback, and the desire to succeed.

That's where my contest journey, aka thickening-of-skin, began. Honestly, I have struggled on and off with entering contests. I notice that when I first read feedback after a loss, my stubborn pride kicks in and I want to throw a fit...or my laptop. But once I calm down and take in the comments, I often find that there is truth in the advice, or at least, a chance for me to make my writing shine even more than I thought I could. I've had a few finals over these past years, but a LOT more falling short before the next round. While I will always take a win, it has been the losses where I have most seen God shape my perseverance with a huge helping of humility.
I have concluded that contest feedback pushes me to be better. This past year or so, I actually entered a contest FOR the feedback, not the win. One of my WIP's is a genre I've never written in before. I want the sting, the slicing and suggestions I can use as tools to tighten the story and give it a chance. Never thought I'd do that. I was always seeking the win. Of course, the win would be lovely too.

But contests aren't just about the winning, are they?
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Angie Dicken is a full-time mom and lives in the Midwest with her Texas Aggie sweetheart. An ACFW member since 2010, she has written six historical novels and is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of The Steve Laube Agency. Angie is also an Alley Cat and blogs every other Monday on The Writer's Alley. She spends her time designing one-sheets and drinking good coffee with great friends. Check her personal blog at www.angiedicken.com and connect at:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/dicken.angie 
Twitter: @angiedicken
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/agdicken/

CONTESTS: 

Currently: LIH Matchmakers Contest Betrothal Stage
2016 Colorado Writers Top of The Mountain Award Fiction Finalist
2016 NTRWA Great Expectations Finalist
2014 ACFW Writer's On The Storm Short Story Finalist
2013 & 2011 Touched By Love Contest Finalist
2011 ACFW Genesis Contest Semi-Finalist
2011 Mile High Scribes One Sheet Winner

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That's it, Seekerville. Now go forth and CONTEST!!

   **Indicates an excellent opportunity!! And they don't come along every day! Open doors are for walking through. No guts, no glory. No risk, no reward!



Today's Contest Update was brought to you by Tina RadcliffeTina writes humorous sweet romance and inspirational romance from her home in Arizona. She is a Carol Award winner for Mending the Doctor's Heart.  as well as a 2016 Holt Medallion finalist, and a 2016 Greater Detroit RWA’s Booksellers’ Best Book Award finalist for Safe in the Fireman's Arms.

The fourth book in the Paradise series, Rocky Mountain Reunion is currently available.  Rocky Mountain Cowboy will be available in December.

87 comments :

  1. Best wishes, all you aspiring writers! Seize the day in June, all of you!

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  2. Happy Contest Update Day. I hope everyone finds something to enter and a conference or workshop near them.

    Go forth and contest!

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  3. Welcome to Seekerville, Fedora. Reader or writer? From where do you hail?

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  4. What a wonderful contest update, Tina! Thanks so much for putting it together!

    And congrats on being a diva, Angie! So fun!!!!! I love the stubborn pride remark, and the eventual calming down when we realize that it might not be the judges, missing our brilliance!!!! It might be that a slight bit of tweaking is needed, LOL!

    Good for you!

    Tina, you are turning into a professional meme-maker! They're so stinkin' cute!

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  5. I BROUGHT COFFEE!!!! Tea, juice, soda and coffee fixin's are on the back table. Just move the cat aside.

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  6. Congratulations to Contest Diva, Angie!
    Tina, where are you finding all of these mugs? I love them! Thanks for a great contest update, we all appreciate it.

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  7. All the best to all of the writers.

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  8. I need to stick some of my my new projects in the contest water. The ofdest thing that hit my mind, though, is ...if I'm lucky enough to final, then the final judge will know it's me. There's always the hope that one of these days, they may actually like something enough to publish it.

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  9. Congratulations Angie. Continue to go forth and contest.

    I love the nerdy girl mugs. Cute.

    Well, another surgery for me today. I have to leave in a little bit for the hospital. At least it is an an outpatient this time. Please pray all goes well.

    Blessings,
    Cindy W.

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  10. Congratulations to our Contest Diva Angie

    Tina, I love this mug. Please enter me in the drawing.

    I have two short stories I have been writing for the ACFW Virginia contest. I wrote the End on one of them on Monday and I hope to do the same on the second one today. Then need to polish them.

    I hope everyone has a great writing day!

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  11. TINA, thanks for the contest update. It's exciting to have all these opportunities to improve craft or better yet, to final or win.

    Congratulations, DIVA ANGIE!! Thanks for sharing your journey. Wishing you the very best.

    Janet

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  12. No guts no glory. So true, Tina. I'm not sure why but I was never afraid to enter contests. The first time I was clueless, sure I'd final. The judges comments stunned me. Who knew I had no idea what I was doing? LOL But after digesting the wonderful tips I was given and incorporating them into my story, even I could see it was better. From that point on, I saw contests as a fabulous way to improve my craft or to get a reaction to a new story. Winning and finaling were icing on the cake. Who doesn't love icing? But the cake is what supports it. I entered to make a better cake.

    Janet

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  13. Happy June! I love Tina's books.

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  14. Thank you for the coffee, Ruthy. The donut brigade is now here.

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  15. Aren't they adorable Jil? Happy Contest Update Day and a toast to diva, Angie.

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  16. Yes, Walt. That's the plan.

    Final.

    Request Full.

    Sale.

    Lather, Rinse, Repeat.

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  17. Wilani, way to go!

    No guts, no glory.

    You've got both.

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  18. Janet,

    I'm the same way with contests.

    Forge on!!!

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  19. Walt, I made sure to do that. Once my work was placing/finaling or winning, I made sure to get new things out there that folks hadn't seen. I figured if the editors saw multiple works of mine that were either ready, or almost ready, they'd know I was in for the long haul.

    Ruthy "Must Prove Herself" Logan Herne :)

    But hey.... it worked!!!!

    Except for the Golden Heart, but we're not going to discuss that today.

    Nope.

    Off topic.

    I refuse to dwell on it.

    Absolutely refuse.

    Mmm hmmmm.

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  20. Thanks for the contest update!

    Please throw my name in the drawing for the awesome mug :)

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  21. Great contest update Tina What a blessing you are to all of us who love and value contests. You are always so with it when it comes to timely news. Thank you sooooo much.

    Love the mug. chuckle

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  22. Congrats Angie for the honor of contest diva. Wooo hooo. Look at all those contests. Keep on truckin'.

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  23. Walt Hang in there buddy. When you do get published, you are going to be like Ruthy and Mary and have all those books ready to go. woo hoooo

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  24. CINDY, praying for your surgery today.

    Hugs, Janet

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  25. You are in, Leslie. And an awesome mug it is.

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  26. You're right, Sandra. Hadn't thought of that. He'll be an overnight success.

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  27. Wow! Angie, I admire your grit to enter so many contests. I love that photo of you, by the way. The only thing missing is a tray of crumpets and scones.

    I've also been around the contest block, but I'm still in the feedback stage. I'm hoping to collect a few wins on my next project. For now, though, it's been a great way to make improvements to my writing style.

    Thanks for sharing your experience. You've inspired me today.

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  28. Wow! Angie, I admire your grit to enter so many contests. I love that photo of you, by the way. The only thing missing is a tray of crumpets and scones.

    I've also been around the contest block, but I'm still in the feedback stage. I'm hoping to collect a few wins on my next project. For now, though, it's been a great way to make improvements to my writing style.

    Thanks for sharing your experience. You've inspired me today.

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  29. Good morning! Welcome to Diva Angie. Congratulations!
    I'm with Jill. Where do you find these mugs? And really, I do love big books. But then, I love little books, too. And mid size!
    Authors, please enter these contests and final, and publish!!!!
    Thanks TINA for keeping them up to date!

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  30. Thanks all! It is so fun being on Seekerville! You all are a blast, and such great hostesses.:) I NEED one of those mugs for my tea and crumpets. Actually, I don't like tea as much as coffee...so I am not 100% legit...although tea hadn't hit England in the 16th century yet...um, yes, I am a history geek. (The pic is from the ACFW genre night last year...my last novel is a Lady Jane re-telling. Sigh. One day I hope to see it on the shelves!)

    Better get back to writing on my manuscript for the matchmaker's contest. Only about 70 pages to go!

    Have a blessed day!

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  31. Another great contest update, Tina! And congrats to our June Contest Diva, Angie!

    Tina, you find the cutest mugs! If my coffee mug cupboard weren't so full already, I'd have to go on a shopping spree.

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  32. Tina, thanks for the heads up about a number of published contests! I love Gayle Wilson, former RWA Pres. Such a gracious, lovely lady. She was always so supportive and encouraging when I was new to this writing whirl. I mean brand new. I won her contest some years ago and would love the honor of winning again. Therefore, I must submit, right? BTW, Gayle's from Alabama so a good Southern Belle! I bet she loves grits! :)

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  33. Contest Diva, Angie! Thanks for sharing your writing journey and your cute "in costume" pic! Congrats on all your success in the contest circuit! YAY!!! You're doing everything right, and your hard work will pay off, I'm sure of it!

    Hugs!

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  34. That is the FUNNIEST COFFEE CUP EVER!!!!!

    CINDY W!! We love you & are praying for you! You matter to us!

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  35. Thank you, Myra and Debby! I really appreciate the encouragement!

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  36. hahahaha Marianne. You love ALL books. You are a not book prejudiced.

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  37. Around the contest block is a great place to be, Renee.

    A toast to contest divas!

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  38. Isn't that just adorable, Myra.

    Brings out the geek in all of us.

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  39. Yes, Debby. You MUST enter. It's pretty much rude not to.

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  40. And go Angie. 70 pages is like nothing!! Then the real fun begins.

    E D I T I N G!!!! WOOOT!!

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  41. Congrats to Angie. OK Tina, I'll try to get brave enough to enter something but only because you got me with that "no guts no glory" thing. I really need that nerdy mug. Might as well advertise my good qualities.

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  42. Angie, congratulations on being this month's Diva and on making it to the final round of the LIH Matchmakers contest. Wishing you all the best as you finish your manuscript and prepare to hit send.

    Another great contest update, Tina! Thank you for keeping us so well informed.

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  43. Congrats, Angie, on your contest successes!!

    Tina, thanks for a great contest update!

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  44. Gosh, Tina, this contest updates are chock full of great info, my friend, just like the Weekend Editions!!

    ANGIE SAID: "But contests aren't just about the winning, are they?"

    LOL, girl, you said a mouthful there because that is SOOOOO TRUE, although we never realize that at the time, do we? And, WOW, you sure have your fair share of finals/wins under your belt, so you go, girl!! Congrats on being our June Diva and sending prayers your way on all those finals. :)

    LOL ON TINA'S COMMENT TO WALT:
    That's the plan.
    Final.
    Request Full.
    Sale.
    Lather, Rinse, Repeat.

    CINDY ... praying for a successful outpatient surgery, my friend!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  45. LOLOL. Cindy!! It's true. Wayne Gretsky. I am telling you. Wayne Gretsky all the way.

    You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.

    Although this is pretty spot on too. You want to sell you gotta go where the publishers are...


    I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been.

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  46. RHONDA STARNES WON THE INSPIRATIONAL CATEGORY OF THE FAB FIVE CONTEST.

    CONGRATULATIONS, RHONDA!!!!

    ANOTHER DIVA MAKES A DARING DIVE TOWARD SAILING OFF THE ISLAND.

    WOOOOT!!!

    No guts, no glory.

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  47. IT'S ALL ABOUT THE DIVA.
    BOUT THE DIVA
    BOUT THE DIVA.

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  48. Always love the contest update posts!

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  49. RHONDA S, congrats on the Fab Five win!!! You've got to love the validation.

    Janet

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  50. Woohoo! Go Rhonda!
    And yes, Julie, I don't realize it until I've thrown a good fit and calmed down a bit. HA! This journey is about the growing as a writer AND a patient person! Yikes!

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  51. YAY, RHONDA!!!! Congratulations!!! What a perfect announcement for Contest Update Day!!!

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  52. Congratulations, Rhonda!

    And Tina, I love that quote: "Open doors are for walking through."

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  53. Thanks, ladies! I've been in a writing slump lately, so winning the Fab Five is a great boost to my confidence. As an added bonus Mountain Man took me to lunch at my favorite Korean restaurant to celebrate.

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  54. Good luck all! Congrats Rhonda :)

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  55. Well deserved. Thos who work their butts off generally succeed!!

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  56. Thanks for a great Contest Update, TINA! And congratulations, ANGIE! I really appreciate you sharing your story - love your perspective!

    The last few days have been crazy in my "neck of the woods" with flooding (severe at times) and more rain in the forecast. We have a flooded basement and garage, closed businesses and roads here in town, and near hysteria until we knew our daughters and their families were safe (the towns they live in, one and half hours apart, were both flooded, too). It's just crazy, but we are all okay and that's the most important thing. Some of our church family were displaced, and have suffered property loss, but they are okay physically. So thankful for God's blessings!

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  57. We saw pictures on Yankee Belle Cafe. Mindy Obenhaus is in Texas. Praying for safety.

    You got a new profile picture. You look gorgeous, Laura.

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  58. Go Forth and Contest
    Excellent advice Contest Queen Tina!

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  59. Great contest thoughts, Diva Angie! Love the "thickening-the-skin" journey! I appreciate your comments on ACFW. Congrats on an impressive list of accomplishments!

    Praying for you, Cindy, and all those in the flooded areas.

    Thanks for the Contest Update. That donut contest would be on my list if the prize included a year's supply of DONUTS!

    Yay to Rhonda! Great news!

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  60. LOL, SHERIDA!!

    I need to enter that one as I would surely love free conference admission. Thanks for the reminder.

    What does it hurt to enter. It's FREEEE!!

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  61. Congratulations, Diva Angie! Enjoyed your positive post -- and that cool outfit :-) Best wishes for the Matchmakers Contest!

    Thanks for the update, Tina. Lots and lots of good info.

    Nancy C

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  62. Rhonda! Congratulations on the Fab Five win! Love reading news like that :-D

    Nancy C

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  63. Janet Dean said...
    ....I saw contests as a fabulous way to improve my craft or to get a reaction to a new story. Winning and finaling were icing on the cake. Who doesn't love icing? But the cake is what supports it. I entered to make a better cake.


    Contests are such a good way to receive feedback to help improve the 'cake.' I never entered a story to place or win -- but when it did, that icing was a real treat :-)

    Nancy C

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  64. One of the perks about contest wins is the community that cheers us on, right, Rhonda? So glad to be here today!

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  65. CONGRATS on being a Diva, Angie. I love that dress!!!!!!




    Also, CONGRATS to my pal, Rhonda. You're on a roll, my friend!!!

    I love contest update day so I'll echo Tina:

    Now go forth and CONTEST!!

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  66. Congratulations, Rhonda! And congratulations to Angie!

    Tina, thanks for this great list of contests!

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  67. Jackie Layton came in second in FAB FIVE. So many brave divas in Seekerville. I mean what ar5e the odds of two Seekerville divas taking first and second place out of all the entrants. WOOOOOT!!!

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  68. Congratulations Rhonda and Jackie!! So happy for you!!

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  69. Wooooo hoooo! Congratulations RHONDA & JACKIE L!!! We are SO PROUD of you!

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  70. Thank you, TINA! The flooding situation is better tonight. We made it to church, which is something we couldn't have done last night.

    Congratulations, Rhonda and Jackie!! So happy for you!

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  71. Way to go Angie, Rhonda and Jackie! Happy for your success! Good luck to all the writers taking advantage of all the opportunities out there!

    Please enter me in the reader giveaway :)

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  72. Thank you to everyone who prayed for me yesterday. I felt those prayers and everything went well. The anesthesiologist listened and kept me light so I woke up quickly without any nausea. The surgeon said the surgery went as he hoped and he doesn't think he will have to repeat the procedure. It was something that had I not had surgery in January they wouldn't have found until much later. It had to do with my urethra and my bladder.

    Thank you again for your prayers.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

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  73. I love the mug! I Like Big Books and I Can Not Lie. When I was in Upward Bound, they did an awards night. Since I was always reading I got the biggest book award. They found the biggest book in the library and awarded it to me. Sadly, I couldn't take it home. Off to enter a contest or two!

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  74. Adding my congratulations to JACKIE!!! Way to go!!!

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  75. Congrats to all the winners!

    Tina, great list as always!

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  76. Sally! Good for you! And you are in the drawing.

    Thanks, Edwina!

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  77. Cindy W, I'm so glad it went well.

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