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  1. From Janice Martin, contest chair for the 2018 Emily Contest Dear Members of RWA Online, I’m writing you about West Houston RWA’s 2018 Emily Contest for unpublished romance, which opens on October 1, 2017, and closes at midnight on November 2, 2017. The Emily has strong final judges and a history of frequent requests for our finalists. We are proud of our first-round feedback for entrants in all our six categories. Our contest details are: ***SHARING PERMITTED & ENCOURAGED*** The 2018 Emily Contest Sponsor: West Houston RWA Fee: $25 WHRWA members / $35 all others Entry Dates: 10-1-17 through 11-2-17 Details: Enter the first 5,600 words of your unpublished manuscript (no synopsis!) in any of our 6 categories for excellent first-round feedback and top final round editor and agent judges. Categories and Final Judges: · Contemporary Romance-Long: Editor Norma Perez-Hernandez, Kensington Publishing Corp, and Agent Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency · Contemporary Romance-Short: Editor Brenda Chin, Entangled Publishing LLC, and Agent Elaine Spencer, The Knight Agency · Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance: Editor Kristine Swartz, The Berkley Publishing Group, and Agent Rebecca Strauss, DeFiore and Company · Historical Romance Editor Tara Gelsomino, Crimson Romance, and Agent Courtney Miller-Callihan, Handspun Literary · Romantic Suspense: Editor Laura Costello, Sourcebooks, and Agent Cori Deyoe, 3 Seas Literary Agency · Young Adult Romance: Editor Alyssa Miele, Harper Collins, and Agent Becca Stumpf, Prospect Agency Category Winners will receive the silver Emily pin, a certificate suitable for framing, and will be eligible for the $100 Best of the Best Prize. In addition, all finalists may attend, free of charge, the March 10, 2018, Emily Awards Luncheon and All-Day Workshop, featuring multi-published author Sharon Mignerey who will present a 2-part workshop: Scene Craft and Characters Need M&Ms. FMI: Email Janice Martin, Emily Chair at: emily.contest@whrwa.com or go to: http://whrwa.com/theemily/ Thank you for sharing our contest information with your members. Best regards, Janice Martin, Chair The 2018 Emily Contest
  2. STAR Crossed Covers -- Closes Sept 1st

    The Star-Corssed Covers Contest is now OPEN. Entries are accepted until September 1st. ***************** PERMISSION GRANTED TO FORWARD STAR Crossed Covers Contest 2017 Sponsored: by SpacecoasT Authors of Romance Enter at https://authorsofromance.com/star-crossed-covers-contest-rules-2017/ $100 prize for the best Cover and Promo Blurb! Our contest is unique in that judges will vote on your book’s cover and its promo blurb in combination on PINTEREST. Those carefully-worded hints about the story inside have to work with a knock-out cover to grab a reader’s attention and get them to buy your book! The judges include bestselling and award-winning Romance Authors who love to read Romance, and who better to judge the effectiveness of your cover image and well-crafted blurb? Plus once the contest is underway, you can “share” the contest and let friends view your contest entry on Pinterest. ENTRY FEE: $20 ELIGIBILITY:Traditionally published and self-published books of Romance Fiction with an original published date of 2016-2017 are welcome (See rules.) CONTEST OPENS: August 1, 2017. DEADLINE:September 1, 2017 ENTRY: All electronic. Enter your 2016-2017 published book cover (up to deadline date) AND promo blurb (up to 75 words.) Covers will be featured on Star-Crossed Cover Contest Pinterest board. CATEGORIES: One category JUDGES: STAR (FL) chapter members, including multi-published, award-winning and bestselling authors. AWARDS: First place winner receives $100 prize! Second and third place winners, will get a digital badge for their website, signature line and cover. The winning covers will also be featured on Pinterest after the contest to pin and share! Winners announced November 15, 2017 STAR-Crossed Cover Contest Coordinator: Larissa Emerald, larissaemerald@gmail.com
  3. Cover Contest - Closes Aug 30th

    This was also just posted on the leadership loop. The link to the page is http://coloradoromancewriters.com/contests/covercontest/ Entry Rules and Information Submission opens June 15th, 2017 AND ends August 30th, 2017. The 2017 Rocky Mountain Cover Contest has adopted the following contest rules: 1.Entries must have an original copyright date of 2016 or 2017. 2.An official entry consists of a jpg 3.An official, completed form, and must be filled out with which category.•The $15.00 entry fee, paid via PayPal or check/money order.•If paying by check or money order, make payable to Colorado Romance Writers. •If paying via PayPal, include your name, book title, and category in the form’s “Optional Instructions” section. 4.Titles must be entered into one category only. No double entries allowed. 5.Authors may enter multiple titles, as long as each title meets the entry qualifications. 6.In lieu of three (3) final published copies of a print book, CRW will accept advance or bound galley copies. 7.The contest Coordinator reserves the right to disqualify any entry if all rules are not fully met.
  4. Pubbed Authors – Closes 1 Sept

    This was just posted on RWA’s leadership loop so I apologize for the late notice. The New York City chapter is conducting it’s Kathryn Hayes “When Sparks Fly” contest. Info is presented below but here’s the link to the page. I’ve also attached their attractive “postcard.” Eligibility: Published submissions only, with an original publication date of January 1st, 2016—December 31st, 2016 (manuscript must have been published via traditional publishing, self-publishing, or small press, and must be available on platforms such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.) Timeline: Submissions open: July 1st, 2017 Submissions Close: September 1st, 2017 Finalists Announced: November 10th, 2017 Winners Announced: December 2nd, 2017 Contest Structure: Full manuscripts only! Entrants may submit multiple books (a full entry fee will be applied to each submission). A single title may not be entered into multiple categories The top three selections in each category move to the final round. There must be a minimum of five entries per category, or the category will be dissolved (entrants will have the option to drop out of the contest and receive a refund, or choose a secondary category for their submission(s) if their category is dissolved). Format: Electronic submissions only (pdf and or mobi) Cost: RWA:NYC Members: 1st title free; 2nd title and beyond, $25 per title RWA Members: $25 Non-RWA Members: $35 Categories: (Multicultural, LGBT submissions welcome in all categories) Contemporary Erotic Paranormal/Sci-fi/Fantasy Romantic Suspense Historical Submission Process: Please click here to pay and begin your submission (your entry will not be complete until payment is received via PayPal). Please click here to complete the contest entry form. Please submit the electronic copy of your manuscript in PDF and or mobi to the contest coordinator at rwanyccontest@gmail.com Please make certain that you include both your given name, and pen name (if applicable) in the submission email. Once your entry has been processed, you will receive a confirmation email from the contest coordinator. Judging: First Round: RWANYC Membership & RWA Authors outside NYC chapter Final Round: Published Authors If you have any question, please feel free to contact the contest coordinator at rwanyccontest@gmail.com Karen
  5. The Long Island Romance Writers are hosting a 2-day Workshop given by the multi-talented Damon Suede on Sept 23-24. Space is limited, and registration will close when we reach capacity. Details can be found on their meeting page on their website lirw.org/site/meetings Location: Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn at Melville Address: 1575 Round Swamp Rd, Plainview, NY 11803 Phone: (516) 755-5552 Registration for LIRW members: $125 Non-member registration: $175 Here’s a snapshot of the sessions: Day One MOVING CHARACTERS: Bestsellers start with fascinating people. In this session we’ll take your fictional folks to the next level with a simple, powerful technique that will strengthen your plots, your hooks, and your voice. Go beyond looks, persona, and boilerplate traits so you can build the perfect cast to dazzle your readers. Compelling characters boost your writing process and anchor your career at any stage. Whether you like to wing it or bring it, you’ll leave this workshop with a new set of practical, hands-on tools to populate your pages and lay the foundations of unforgettable fiction. SCENE & SEQUEL: Every story has a heartbeat. This workshop gets up close and personal with the bones of bestselling fiction based on Dwight Swain’s revolutionary approach to storytelling. Whether you call it “scene and sequel” or “action and reaction,” this basic storytelling pattern allows you to pace your plot, escalate your action, and find your story’s heat and flow with a clear structural strategy that simplifies the process of planning, drafting, and revising your book. Day Two GAME OF DESIRE: Keep your sizzle fresh at any heat level. Creating chemistry on the page requires a mix of playful art and rigorous craft. Whether sweet or raunchy, intimate moments have always been the beating heart of romance fiction. Fans call them “the good parts” and dogear them for a reason; love scenes are often where authors cut loose and romance gets closest to poetry. In this advanced session on intimacy, we go beyond the mechanics to tackle the interplay of flirtation, seduction, and conjunction so you can make love scenes a joy to read and write. PITCHES & HOOKS: This session tackles the wild, woolly world of pitches and unpack the way a high concept premise can anchor a project before and during the writing process. We’ll look at the importance of a clear hook, a free prize, and boiling a project into a logline that closes the sale, before and after publication. We’ll drill down into the challenges of summarizing your story’s strongest selling point.
  6. Pages From the Heart Contest *** PERMISSION TO FORWARD GRANTED & APPRECIATED *** Sponsored by From The Heart Romance Writers Submission Period: June 1 – June 30th Entry fee: $21 FTHRW members - $26 RWA members (US funds/Paypal) Multiple entries: $16 for subsequent entries Finalists will be announced September 1, and winners will be announced on or before November 6, 2017. Eligibility: Open to RWA members only. Published Author: the writer is contracted or published, but the entry itself must not be contracted or published as of June 30, 2017. Self-published authors are welcome. Unpublished Author: the writer has not accepted a publishing offer for, or self-published, a work of original fictional narrative prose of 20,000 words or more (by June 30, 2017). Entry: Up to the first 6000 words of an original, unpublished, and uncontracted work. Categories in both the Unpublished and Published Divisions: Historical, Long Contemporary, Short Contemporary, Paranormal/Futuristic/Time Travel, Romantic Suspense/Mystery, and Young Adult Judges: Three first-round judges per entry. The lowest score will be dropped but will be used in case of a tie. Final Judges: Two judges per category. Second Round Judges: PUBLISHED AUTHOR DIVISION Published Author – Short Contemporary Editor Patience Bloom – Harlequin Editor Kristine Swartz – The Berkley Publishing Group Published Author – Long Contemporary Agent: Jessica Watterson – Sandra Dijkstra and Associates Literary Agency Editor: Kerri Buckley – Carina Press Published Author – Romantic Suspense / Mystery Editor: Elizabeth May – Kensington Books Editor: Stephanie Doig – Carina Press Published Author – Historical Agent: Linda Scalissi – Three Seas Literary Agency Editor: Jennie Conway – St. Martin’s Press Published Author – Paranormal/Fantasy/Futuristic/Time Travel Editor: Keyla Hernandez – Harlequin Editor: Mary Altman – Sourcebooks Published Author – Young Adult Editor Alexandra Sehulster – St. Martin’s Press Editor: Alycia Tornetta – Entangled Publishing UNPUBLISHED AUTHOR DIVISION Unpublished Author – Long Contemporary Agent: Erin Niumata – Folio Literary Management Editor: Deb Werksman – Sourcebooks Unpublished Author – Short Contemporary Agent: Scott Eagan – Greyhaus Literary Agency Editor Janet Clementz – Soul Mate Publishing Unpublished Author – Historical Agent: Cheryl Ferguson – The Ferguson Literary Agency Editor: Erin Molta – Entangled Publishing Unpublished Author – Romantic Suspense / Mystery Agent: Andrea Somberg – Harvey Klinger Inc. Editor Kayla King – Harlequin Unpublished Author – Paranormal/Fantasy/Futuristic/Time Travel Agent: Julie Gwinn – The Seymour Agency Editor: Sarah Blumenstock – Berkley Unpublished Author – Young Adult Agent: Patricia Nelson – Marsal Lyon Literary Agency Editor: Alice Jerman – HarperCollins HERO OF OUR HEART AWARD Agent: Nicole Resciniti – The Seymour Agency Editor: Susan Grimshaw – Penguin-Random House PRIZES All prizes are for all categories in both unpublished and published authors’ divisions. First Place: $30.00 (Payable through Paypal) Website/avatar graphic + printable e-certificate + name in contest winners section of the RWA Report Second Place: 1-year paid membership to FTHRW + Website/avatar graphic + printable e-certificate + name in contest winners section of the RWA Report. Third Place: Website/avatar graphic + printable e-certificate + name in contest winners section of the RWA Report. Honorable Mention Website/avatar graphic + printable e-certificate + name in contest winners section of the RWA Report. Hero of Our Heart Prize: First place receives $50 (Payable through Paypal) + name in contest winners section of the RWA Report + and a website/avatar graphic + printable e-certificate. Second, through fourth place will receive a website/avatar graphic + printable e-certificate. Visit our website for contest rules and entry form: http://fthrw.com/pages-from-the-heart-contest
  7. Best Banter Contest; Deadline Aug 1st

    *****PERMISSION TO FORWARD***** Mid-Michigan RWA announces 2017 Best Banter Contest For Published and Unpublished Writers Enter 5 pages or 1500 words of your best banter. Categories include contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and YA romance. Want to know who the final judges are? Check the bottom of the contest website home page (bestbantercontest.com) for the list of agents and editors. Are you eligible? For unpublished entrants, you may enter if you’ve not published in the last 5 years traditionally or self-published or contracted to publish at contest deadline. For published entrants, you may enter a work with the first copyright date between Jan. 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. The contest welcomes both traditionally published and self-published authors. Contest details. Only Electronic submissions will be accepted. You will receive feedback via scoresheets with comments from first round judges and if you are a finalist, additional feedback from the final judges. Deadline: August 1, 2017 midnight ET Cost: $15 for MMRWA members, $20 for all other entrants Go to the contest Rules page for details, timeline, and FAQ. (http://www.bestbantercontest.com/rules) ***Any category receiving fewer than 5 entries will be closed and money refunded to those who have entered.***
  8. The Greater Detroit Chapter of the RWA is having a writer’s conference exploring craft in Troy, Michigan on Oct 20th-21st. All genres of writers are welcome. WHAT: http://gdrwa.org/conference-2017.html PROGRAMS · A keynote address by Beverly Jenkins, the recipient of RWA’s 2017 Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. · Workshops on Goal, motivation and conflict and the Hero’s Journey by Debra Dixon · Editor and agent pitch appointments available · Friday night Pre-glow with informal peer critiques and pitch polishing. Breakfast and lunch are included on Saturday WHEN: Saturday, October 21, 2017 with a special Friday night write-in, pitch practice, and critique beginning at 7 pm. WHERE: Detroit Marriott Troy, 200 W Big Beaver Rd., Troy MI 48084 – a block of rooms is designated with reduced pricing HOW TO REGISTER: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdRuyNPLu_03oKWFHqeUaJHa0WwDwAqUwv1XUW7vU6yh_PktQ/viewform?c=0&w=1 COST *Early Bird Registration prices only until July 31st! Cost: GDRWA Member: $85/Early Bird $75 RWA Member (none GDRW): $110/Early bird $100 Non-RWA member: $120/Early bird $110 For inquiries, please contact gdrwaconference17@gmail.com
  9. Dear Guests!

    Darlene, I'll check with our web manager and get back to you. I won't be able to do that until Monday or Tuesday. Karen
  10. Note from Karen: Published authors can enter if they haven’t published in the category they are entering. *** Permission to Forward*** The SWFRW (Southwest Florida Romance Writers) annual Joyce Henderson Contest. ELIGIBILITY: Unpublished authors Traditional or self-published authors who have not published in the category they’re entering within the past 5 years Entries must be the author’s original work that has not been published or contracted to be published. Entrants need not be members of RWA. All English-language entries are welcome. We have had several manuscripts sold through our contests. The contest finalists (three from each category) will have an opportunity for their story to be put in front of top industry editors and agents. There are also cash prizes: 1st place: $50 and a Certificate of Achievement 2nd place: $20 and a Certificate of Achievement 3rd place: Certificate of Achievement Here are the final judges Contemporary (including Women’s Fiction) Editor: Sue Grimshaw, Penguin Random House Agent: Nalini Akolekar, Spencerhill Associates Historical Editor: Lee Lawless, Tor/Forge Publishing Agent: Dawn Dowdle, Blue Ridge Literary Agency Paranormal/Science Fiction/Fantasy Editor: Georgia Woods, Hartwood Publishing Agent: Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency Young Adult Editor: Mary Altman, Sourcebooks Agent: Sara Megibow, KT Literary Agency Romantic Suspense Editor: Junessa Viloria, Penguin Random House Agent: Jessica Waterson, Dijkstra Agency *NEW* Inspirational Editor: Susan Brower, Gilead Publishing Agent: Julie Gwinn, The Seymour Agency Submissions: The first 20 pages of an unpublished manuscript featuring romantic elements, PLUS a one-page, single-spaced, unjudged synopsis. The manuscript should have all rights available. Deadline: Entries must be submitted and payment received by 11:59 pm on October 9th, 2016. For more information, go to our website: https://swfrw.org/joyce-henderson-contest-rules/
  11. Donetta, I understand your concerns. When you logged into our site last night, you should have seen RWA Online Workshops forum at the top. If you didn’t see that, let us know. Before the workshop starts, Patti Fischer, our VP-Programs, will open the Pre-Workshop Checkin. (It’s just like the one you can see now, except it will be for the October workshop.) If you want a little practice in using the forum, you can introduce yourself—or you can play with some of the discussions in the General Discussion forum. When Kathryn posts her intro or first lesson, the forum for the workshop will open. At that point, you can click the “follow forum” button in the top right corner, and you’re receive email-notifications when she posts new lessons/threads. If you’re interested in the discussion about a specific lesson, you can click the “follow topic” button in the top right corner of that topic and receive email-notifications when someone posts in that topic since your last visit. But you won’t receive all the posts—just the first one. To read the new-to-you stuff, just click on the dark blue button beside the title of the topic, and the system will take you to the first unread post since you last opened that thread. Let us know if you have any questions. Karen
  12. The 2016-17 Emily Contest Sponsor: West Houston RWA Fee: $25 WHRWA members / $35 all others Entry Dates: 9-1-16 through 10-2-16 Enter the first 5,600 words of your unpublished manuscript (no synopsis!) in any of our 6 categories for excellent first-round feedback and top final round editor and agent judges. Categories and Final Judges: · Contemporary Romance - Long – Editor Danielle Marshall, Amazon / Lake Union Publishing, and Agent Paige Wheeler, Creative Media Agency, Inc.; · Contemporary Romance - Short – Editor Brenda Chin, Entangled Publishing LLC, and Agent Carrie Pestritto , Prospect Agency; · Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance – Editor Angela James, Harlequin Enterprises, and Agent Moe Ferrara, BookEnds Literary Agency; · Historical Romance – Editor Janet Clementz, Soul Mate Publishing, and Agent Patricia Nelson , Marsal Lyon Literary Agency; · Romantic Suspense – Editor Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks, and Agent Elaine Spencer, The Knight Agency; · Young Adult Romance – Editor Alice Jerman, Harper Collins, and Agent Tricia Skinner, Fuse Literary. Category winners earn a certificate and a silver pin, and are eligible for $100 Best of the Best Prize. FMI, emily.contest@whrwa.com or http://whrwa.com/theemily/. Please let us know if you have further questions. I am the contest chair and you can reach me at Emily.contest@whrwa.com. Thank you for considering us. Sincerely, Melanie
  13. Registration Now Open! 2016 NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference http://www.njromancewriters. org/conference-information--- 2016.html October 14-15, 2016 Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel Iselin, NJ **Prices** Regular registration fee: NJRW Member, $250; Non-member, $275 Pre-Conference Workshop Fee - $45 Don’t miss this opportunity to take your writing to the next level. This year’s Put Your Heart in a Book Conference is shaping up to be the best ever! HelenKay Dimon: Keynote Speaker Terri Brisbin: Luncheon Speaker Tessa Dare: Special Presentation** Kathleen Gilles Seidel: 3-hour Pre-Conference Workshop ($45) – A Goddess in Every Heroine **For first 100 registrants** Some things to expect: · Workshops for writers of all levels · Editor/Agent Appointments · NEW in 2016!!! Trade Expo – Network with Author Service Professionals · Opportunities for Networking To register for the 2016 Put Your Heart in a Book Conference, click here! https://www.rwa.org/e/in/eid=500
  14. Amy, Not a problem. As far as I know, we're the only chapter where members do NOT have to register. So, it's good to emphasize that we don't register--we just show up. Karen
  15. Luckily, Julie contacted RWAOL through one of our contact emails, and I replied to her yesterday. Since I thought other guests--and some of our members--might have the same questions Julie did, I’m posting a modified version of the information I sent her. FYI: RWA Online is a chapter of the national organization, Romance Writers of America (RWA), rather than a web site for RWA. We were RWA’s first online chapter—founded in 1995. Occasionally, there is some confusion in the names, and we work around that. Even if I had been one of the founders and had a working crystal ball (mine broke in 1993), I still would have gone with RWA Online as our name. Okay, back on topic. I suggest using RWA’s critique-partner matching service. Just go to myRWA https://www.rwa.org/p/us/in Click on Resource Center, and it’s under Resources for Members. Register and answer a few questions. Then wait to see if someone contacts you. OR search, get a list of names, and start contacting other RWA members. (You have to be a member of RWA to use this resource.) Given the huge number of variables that go into making a critiquing-partnership work and the fact that those variables would be really really expensive to identify and measure, that’s about the best we can do. Maybe, someday, businesses will develop a process we could adapt, but I don’t expect that to happen anytime soon. Other info: I’ve been keeping my eyes open for online workshops on critiquing—but no luck. There was one about a decade ago. Seems weird that more aren’t offered since having a critique partner is highly recommended by many people. But, it might be worth frequently checking RWA’s events page and browsing through the list of online workshops. Here’s the link https://www.rwa.org/p/cm/ld/fid=517#onlineworkshops (That resource is available to writers who aren’t members of RWA. I just checked.) I want our chapter to do something to support our members in critiquing, but we’re just not there yet. If you are a member of RWA and would like to join RWAOL, we would love to have you. To join: Click on http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/joinus.htm Complete the membership application, pay the fee for dues, and create your login. (Our system has step-by-step instructions for walking you through the process.) Not too terribly long after that, you will receive a welcome-email from us which asks for info about you so we can introduce you to our members. Karen N. Jones President RWA Online (RWAOL)