Welcome to the January Contest Update.
The prize vault is open! Today you have the opportunity to win a copy
of Rocky Mountain Cowboy (print or ebook)
and a Be Still mug. Two winners of each.
All you have to do is comment to be entered.
What are your reading and writing goals for the new year?
Winners announced in the Weekend Edition!
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.
The Athena. Deadline March 1. YA and NA novels & novellas published in 2016.
Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense- Published Division. Opens January 15. Deadline March 15. Details not available for 2017 Contest yet.
**Once again, a reminder that divas do not throw away money entering contest categories with no final judge name available. Always email the coordinator for more information.**
Great Expectations Contest. 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 Unpublished and Published authors.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
Lexi Small~Grand Central Publishing
Madeleine Colavita Editorial Assistant~Grand Central Publishing
Kristine Swartz ~ Assistant Editor/Berkley
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.
The Marlene. Deadline January 23. Open to published and unpublished authors. Entry consists of a synopsis (up to 5 pages) and the beginning of the manuscript not to exceed 35 pages total for synopsis and manuscript pages.
Final Round Judge: Rhonda Helms, Carina Press
Critique Author: TBA
Final Round Judge: Lexi Smail, Forever Romance
Critique Author: Elizabeth Essex
Final Round Judge: TBA
Critique Author: Mindy Klasky
Final Round Judge: Amanda Leuck, Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates
Critique Author: Tracy Brogan
Final Round Judge: Alethea Spiridon, Entangled Publishing
Critique Author: Cristin Harber
Final Round Judge: Johanna Raisanen, Harlequin
Critique Author: Robin Covington
Final Round Judge: TBA
Critique Author: Kimberly Kincaid
Final Round Judge: Wendy Loggia, Senior Executive Editor, Random House
Critique Author: TBA
The Catherine. Deadline January 31. Hefty entry fee for non-chapter members $30. You do not have to be a member of RWA. However, finalists get a critique by a very prestigious group of published authors before their entry goes to the finalist judges. Entry consists of: The first pages of a manuscript and may not exceed 30 pages or 7500 words including a synopsis. A synopsis is required and may not be longer than 5 pages.
Editor: Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks
Agent: Shira Hoffman, McIntosh & Otis
Editor: Piya Campana, Harlequin
Agent: Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Editor: Brenda Chin, Entangled Publishing
Agent: Courtney Miller-Callihan, Handspun Literary
Editor: Jennie Conway, St. Martin’s Press
Agent: Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency
Editor: Elizabeth May, Kensington Publishing
Agent: Stacey Donaghy, Donaghy Literary Group
Editor: Angela James, Carina Press
Agent: Jim McCarthy, Dystel, Goderich & Bourrett LLC
Editor: Annie Berger, Sourcebooks
Agent: Vanessa Robins, The Corvisiero Literary Agency
Mainstream Fiction with Romantic Elements
Editor: Allison Carroll, Graydon House Books
Agent: Janna Bonikowski, The Knight Agency
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.
Fab Five. Deadline March 1. Enter early. Categories will be capped at thirty-five (35) entries. Any submissions received after a category has been capped will be returned. Entrants DO NOT need to be members of RWA to enter. This contest is open to all unpublished and self-published writers. Entry consists of the first 2,500 words. No synopsis.
Contemporary Meghan Farrell, Tule Publishing
Rachel Burkot, Holloway Literary Agency
Historical Lexi Smail, Grand Central Publishing
Lisa Rodgers, JABberwocky Literary Agency
Inspirational Shana Asaro, Harlequin Love Inspired
Jessica Kirkland, Blythe Daniels Agency
Theresa Cole, Entangled Publishing
Tricia Skinner, Fuse Literary
Romantic Suspense Tara Gavin, Kensington Publishing Corp
Jennifer March Soloway, Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Women’s Fiction Caitlin Dareff, St. Martin’s Press
Sarah Phair, Trident Media
Young Adult/New Adult Mekisha Telfer, Simon and Schuster
Shannon Powers, McIntosh and Otis
ACFW Genesis Contest Deadline March 15. Entry consists of a one-page, single-spaced synopsis, followed by the first 15 pages of your manuscript. Prologues are acceptable and should be included in the 15-page count. The entry will be 16 pages total, including synopsis.
Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense Unpublished Division. Opens January 15. Deadline March 15. Check here January 15 for rules and judges.
Love Inspired #AmishBlitz. Submission dates: Monday, January 9, 2017 – Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST. What Love Inspired needs to see: A cover letter that introduces your book and includes any previous publishing credits, writing contest wins, or affiliations.A 3-5 page synopsis. What happens in your book—tell us the key moments, the crucial twists and turns, and how it ends! Show us what drives your story forward, including the internal and external conflicts your hero and heroine face to get to their happily ever after.The first chapter of your manuscript (up to 25 pages).
If you are in the Omaha, Nebraska area, don't miss the annual RAH (Romance Writers of the Heartland Retreat, January 13-17. 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.
Chicken Soup Callouts for January 2017-Dogs, Cats, Military Families and Teachers. Guidelines here.
A salute to the 2016 Divas!
|L to R. Deb Garland, Christy Distler, Cynthia Herron, Megan Besing, Angie Dicken, |
Janette Foreman, Susan Hollaway,
Laura Conner Kestner, Sharee Stover, Renee McBride, and Laurie Wood.
That's it! Now go forth and contest!
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