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Amazon gift card to go under your Christmas tree.
For two writers, a critique of the first 15 pages
of their inspirational manuscript, to prepare for the Genesis.
Three winners announced in the Weekend Edition.
🎅🎅🎅THIS JUST IN! An anonymous SEEKER will take on two more critiques.
So a total of four! Keep those comments coming! Merry Christmas!
NRCA is open. Deadline December 15.
New England Readers' Choice Contest is now open. (Formerly Beanpot) Deadline January 6, 2017
Golden Quill is now open. Deadline January 13, 2017.
Holt Medallion is now open. Deadline January 15, 2017.
Booksellers' Best Award is now open. Deadline January 19, 2017.
- Interested in judging the (New England) Reader's Choice Awards? Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.
- Interested in judging the NRCA? Check this page for the form.
A reminder: always ask to see the contest score sheet before entering any contest.
Emma Merritt Contest. Deadline November 30. Open to published and unpublished authors. Each entry must be an unpublished work – it cannot be published or under contract in any form or format, not in digital or print prior to the entry deadline. Entry must be the first 5,000 to 8,000 words.
Contemporary: Piya Campana, Senior Editor, Harlequin Super Romance; Jill Marsal of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Paranormal/Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Tara Cuskaden, Editorial Director, Entangled Select-Otherworlds; (agent TBA)
Suspense/Mystery: (editor TBA); Marisa Corvisiero of the Corvisiero Literary Agency
Historical: Tara Gavin, Executive Editor, Kensington Publishing Corp.; (agent TBA)
LGBTQ: Angela James, Editor in Chief, Carina Press; (agent TBA)
Women’s Fiction: Susan Litman, Senior Editor, Harlequin Special Editions; Danielle Marshall, Editorial Director, Lake Union Publishing, an imprint of Amazon Publishing
Inspirational: Raela Schoenherr, Acquiring Editor, Bethany House/Baker; Cori Deyoe of 3 Seas Literary Agency
Young Adult (YA): Susan Chang, Senior Editor, Tor/Tor Teen; Louise Fury of the Jenny Bent Literary Agency
Romance Me Novel Writing Contest. Deadline December 15. Open to published authors. "Be it historical or contemporary, a grand love story or the gripping tale of a torrid affair, through December 15 submit your Romance novel for the chance to win prizes and be read by judges from Macmillan, Penguin Random House, and Hachette Book Group." Submit the first thirty pages. One entry per person. NO FEE! Cash prizes awarded to our top three writers. Everyone else will receive AUTHORS.me basic service; your submission viewed by multiple publishing professionals; and access to future contests and writer services. Winners will be announced on Valentines Day, February 14, 2017.
Final editor judges:
Marissa Sangiacomo-Macmillan Publishers
Lexi Smail-Hachette Book Group
Katherine Pelz-Penguin Random House
The Golden Heart Contest- Contest opens on December 1- Deadline January 11. The Golden Heart requires a full manuscript and is open to RWA members. The cost is $30. Once again Seekerville will provide an opportunity for entry reimbursement to writers who enter the Golden Heart in the category formerly known as inspirational. We're going to reimburse 10 entries -if the category makes it. So please consider entering! Read the rules here.
How it works. You enter and send us proof of entry. After the January deadline, RWA will announce if the category made it. If it does, we randomly pick 10 entrants to be reimbursed and then email them privately. Winner's first names only are announced on the blog in an effort to preserve contest integrity.
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Great Expectations Contest. Open for entries October 30, 2016. Enter now, submit your manuscript later. Entry and payment must be received January 4, 2017.Entry consists of the first 5,000 words. NO synopsis or blurb. Finalists will be asked to include an unjudged synopsis for editors. Unpublished and Published authors.
Final Round Judges
Elle Keck ~ Assistant Editor/Avon Books
Raela Schoenherr ~ Acquisitions Editor/Bethany House
MAINSTREAM with ROMANTIC ELEMENTS
Marla Daniels ~ Assistant Editor/Simon and Schuster
Madeleine Colavita Editorial Assistant/Grand Central Publishing
Kristine Swartz ~ Assistant Editor/Berkley
Great Beginnings Contest. Deadline February 14. Contest is open to published and unpublished authors. Entry consists of the opening five (5) pages of your romance novel (projected length of at least 50,000 words).
Historical – Nicole Resciniti, Agent, The Seymour Agency
Paranormal – Lane Heymont, Senior agent, The Tobias Literary Agency
Romantic Suspense - TBA
Contemporary – TBA.
Let's start getting ready for the ACFW Genesis Contest which will open January 2017. The first 15 pages and a one-page synopsis!
- Want to Enter a RWA Chapter Contest? Here’s Everything You Need to Know. A TERRIFIC article by Angie Hockman.
- St. Martin’s Minotaur/ Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition. Deadline December 12. Details here.
- January 14. Florida Romance Writers Super Saturday Workshop Event. Featuring Debra Dixon. GMC and Big Black Moment. Details here.
- Keep your on on this site, #MSWL for writing opportunities. Manuscript Wish List where editors and agents let you know what they're looking for. It also keeps you apprised of trends in the industry.
- The Erma Bombeck Writing Competition opens December 1. Details here.
- Chicken Soup Callouts for January 2017-Dogs,Cats, Military Families and Teachers. Guidelines here.
- Mt. Hermon Christian Writers Conference is coming! April 7-11 2017. Details here.
Welcome to our December Diva, Laurie Wood from Canada!
I am honoured to be Seekerville’s December Contest Diva! I met Tina Radcliffe through Harlequin’s “Manuscript Matchmakers” Blitz for their Love Inspired Historical Line, and she graciously asked me to blog about my contest experiences over the years.
Although I grew up writing and dreaming of publication I chose a career in law enforcement and stopped writing. However, I changed careers, got married, and by 1997 I was staying at home raising our two special needs children. While they were/are a joy, I knew I needed something creative for myself.
I joined RWA and in 2003 I came Third in both the Daphne du Maurier and the Jasmine contests with a romantic suspense novel called Black Water. I wrote a sister book and queried agents with both of them because the feedback I got was excellent. Still, I didn’t sell either book.
My “early writing” halted when my husband joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in late 2004. Life became crazy with cross-country moves and deployments. However, when we came back to Winnipeg this time, I decided it was time to get back to writing. It’s been like starting all over again!
The first contest I entered was So You Think You Can Write in the fall of 2015. I got zero response, but I was determined to keep going! In April 2016, I entered my historical romance in the Harlequin “Manuscript Matchmakers” Blitz and made it to the second stage where they requested a partial. Still, it was a rejection.
But that didn’t bother me because I gained what I consider to be the #1 Best Thing you can get from a contest entry: a new critique partner, new friends with other unpublished authors, as well as some lovely published authors with the Love Inspired Lines. Their help and expertise as I kept going throughout 2016 has been invaluable and I cherish these new friendships.
My biggest achievement for 2016 was placing Second in the Inspirational Category of the TARA Contest. This was my historical romance which I finished despite not placing in “Manuscript Matchmakers”. There’s my second tip for entering contests: don’t just write up three chapters and call it a day. If you love your story, finish it! If you get good/great feedback on it, make use of it and keep going. It’s better to have some finished manuscripts on your hard drive than assorted chapters that lead nowhere. You’ll be poised to take an opportunity if it presents itself.
A couple of tips for entering contests in 2017:
• Do you want feedback? Enter a short contest that takes the first 5 to 15 pages of your WIP.
• Do you want to get in front of a specific editor at a publishing house? Scour Seekerville’s monthly updates for that editor and get that entry in!
• Do you want to final/win in some prestigious contests like the Genesis, the Daphne du Maurier, or the Golden Heart, to add these finals or wins to your query letters? Then mark them on your calendar and make a plan now.
By the time you read this, I’ll have finished this year’s NaNoWriMo Contest….which means December will find me editing that WIP, and getting it ready for contests in 2017. I hope to see you in the finalist listings!
This contest update was brought to you by Tina Radcliffe. Find her at www.tinaradcliffe.com
That's it Seekerville! Now go forth and contest! (See you next year!)