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  1. First Kiss Contest Opens FEB 14

    ****PERMISSION TO FORWARD**** The Santa Clarita Chapter is holding its very first contest!! The First Kiss Contest opened today to entries!!!! Are ready to share your most sensual, most passionate, most innocent, most chest-heaving, romantic first kiss? You’ve come to the right place! Santa Clarita Romance Writers is proud to announce their first contest! Here’s the scoop: Cost: $25.00 per entry The manuscript must be a romance as defined by the following: • A Central Love Story: The love story is the main focus of the novel. • An Emotionally Satisfying and Optimistic Ending • All work must be the author’s original work. • Published authors manuscript entry IS NOT published (including self-published) or contracted in novel-length fiction of 20,000 at the time the contest opens until it closes. • The manuscript must have a projected length of 20,000 words or more. • Entrants may enter more than one manuscript. • Contest opens on February 14 at 9:00am (PST), 2018 • All entries must be received by 7:00 p.m. (PST) on March 21, 2018. Any entries received after this time will be returned and the entry fees forfeited. • A maximum of 65 entries will be allowed. The contest will close early if the 65 entry cap is reached before March 21, 2018. • Finalists will be notified on or about Wednesday, May 2nd. First round score sheets and manuscripts will be returned at this time. • Each finalist will be given one week to make changes and submit revised manuscripts to the First Kiss contest coordinator. The deadline to submit a revised manuscript is midnight (PST) Wednesday, May 9, 2018. • First Kiss 2018 contest winners will be announced in June, 2018. Entry Format • Each submission should consist of one (1) copy of up to 3,500 words of a manuscript. • Entries must be submitted electronically as a DOC or DOCX (MS Word) file. • The name of the file should be the same as the manuscript title. • A separate electronic entry form with signed waiver must be submitted for each submission. If the entry has more than one author, each author must submit an online entry form and sign the waiver. (Note: Printed name on the online entry form constitutes an electronic signature.) • The document title must be the title of the manuscript only. • All entries must adhere to the following standard recommended manuscript format: ◦ 8-1/2″ x 11″ page size ◦ 1″ margins ◦ 25 lines per page • Each page of the entry, including the first page, must include the following header: ◦ Title (upper left) ◦ Page number (upper right) • CONTESTANT’S NAME MAY NOT APPEAR ON THE ENTRY. ANY ENTRY WITH THE CONTESTANT’S NAME WILL BE DISQUALIFIED AND THE ENTRY FEE WILL BE FORFEITED. Judging • There will be two rounds of judging • During the preliminary round, each entry will be scored by three judges, at least one of whom is a published author • Each entry will be scored out of a possible 100 points. The lowest score will be dropped and the two remaining scores will be added together for the Preliminary Combined Score. • The five (5) entries with the highest Preliminary Combined Scores will advance to the Final Round. In the event of a tie, the dropped preliminary score will be added back in. • If the finalist does not return a revised manuscript by the deadline, the original manuscript will be sent to the final round judges. • Final round judges will rank the finalists in order from first to fifth. • The points from all final round judges will be added together for the Final Combined Score. • In the event of any ties in the Final Round, the Preliminary Combined Score will be used as a tie breaker. The winning (first-place) entrant will be awarded $100. All finalists will receive a certificate. Judges: Megan Farrell – Managing editor at Tule Publishing Patience Bloom – Senior editor at Harlequin Ann Leslie Tuttle – Agent at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret LLC. More being added! For more information check out: http://www.santaclaritarwa.com/that-first-kiss-contest-rules/ For questions please email Shelley Winsor at firstkisscontestcoordinator@gmail.com
  2. Athena Contest for Excellence

    ****Permission to forward granted and encouraged!**** The 2018 Athena Contest for Excellence in Young Adult and New Adult Fiction is now open to entries. Young Adult and New Adult books with Romantic Elements published in the year 2017 accepted (traditional, self-pub, and digital), in all genres. Entries accepted in the following categories: Young Adult Contemporary New Adult Contemporary Young Adult Paranormal New Adult Paranormal YA/NA Historical YA/NA Speculative (Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Dystopian) Novella YARWA or RWA Membership is NOT required to enter. Fee: $30 YARWA members/$40 non-members The contest deadline is March 1, 2018. Finalists will be announced in June and winners will be announced at the 2018 Day of YA event in Denver. For a complete list of rules and to enter, visit http://yarwa.com/yarwa-published-author-contest/ Questions? Please contact Contest Coordinator Monica Jones at Athenacontest [at] gmail [dot] com. Want to be a judge? Sign up here! http://bit.ly/2z6dnHF
  3. First Kiss Contest Opens FEB 14

    ****PERMISSION TO FORWARD**** The Santa Clarita Chapter is holding its very first contest!! The First Kiss Contest opens to entries on Feb 14th!! Are ready to share your most sensual, most passionate, most innocent, most chest-heaving, romantic first kiss? You’ve come to the right place! Santa Clarita Romance Writers is proud to announce their first contest! Here’s the scoop: Cost: $25.00 per entry The manuscript must be a romance as defined by the following: • A Central Love Story: The love story is the main focus of the novel. • An Emotionally Satisfying and Optimistic Ending • All work must be the author’s original work. • Published authors manuscript entry IS NOT published (including self-published) or contracted in novel-length fiction of 20,000 at the time the contest opens until it closes. • The manuscript must have a projected length of 20,000 words or more. • Entrants may enter more than one manuscript. • Contest opens on February 14 at 9:00am (PST), 2018 • All entries must be received by 7:00 p.m. (PST) on March 21, 2018. Any entries received after this time will be returned and the entry fees forfeited. • A maximum of 65 entries will be allowed. The contest will close early if the 65 entry cap is reached before March 21, 2018. • Finalists will be notified on or about Wednesday, May 2nd. First round score sheets and manuscripts will be returned at this time. • Each finalist will be given one week to make changes and submit revised manuscripts to the First Kiss contest coordinator. The deadline to submit a revised manuscript is midnight (PST) Wednesday, May 9, 2018. • First Kiss 2018 contest winners will be announced in June, 2018. Entry Format • Each submission should consist of one (1) copy of up to 3,500 words of a manuscript. • Entries must be submitted electronically as a DOC or DOCX (MS Word) file. • The name of the file should be the same as the manuscript title. • A separate electronic entry form with signed waiver must be submitted for each submission. If the entry has more than one author, each author must submit an online entry form and sign the waiver. (Note: Printed name on the online entry form constitutes an electronic signature.) • The document title must be the title of the manuscript only. • All entries must adhere to the following standard recommended manuscript format: ◦ 8-1/2″ x 11″ page size ◦ 1″ margins ◦ 25 lines per page • Each page of the entry, including the first page, must include the following header: ◦ Title (upper left) ◦ Page number (upper right) • CONTESTANT’S NAME MAY NOT APPEAR ON THE ENTRY. ANY ENTRY WITH THE CONTESTANT’S NAME WILL BE DISQUALIFIED AND THE ENTRY FEE WILL BE FORFEITED. Judging • There will be two rounds of judging • During the preliminary round, each entry will be scored by three judges, at least one of whom is a published author • Each entry will be scored out of a possible 100 points. The lowest score will be dropped and the two remaining scores will be added together for the Preliminary Combined Score. • The five (5) entries with the highest Preliminary Combined Scores will advance to the Final Round. In the event of a tie, the dropped preliminary score will be added back in. • If the finalist does not return a revised manuscript by the deadline, the original manuscript will be sent to the final round judges. • Final round judges will rank the finalists in order from first to fifth. • The points from all final round judges will be added together for the Final Combined Score. • In the event of any ties in the Final Round, the Preliminary Combined Score will be used as a tie breaker. The winning (first-place) entrant will be awarded $100. All finalists will receive a certificate. Judges: Megan Farrell – Managing editor at Tule Publishing Patience Bloom – Senior editor at Harlequin Ann Leslie Tuttle – Agent at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret LLC. More being added! For more information check out: http://www.santaclaritarwa.com/that-first-kiss-contest-rules/ For questions please email Shelley Winsor at firstkisscontestcoordinator@gmail.com
  4. Strut Your Stuff Contest

    **PERMISSION TO FORWARD GRANTED** SUBJECT LINE: Calling All Authors! Have we got a fun opportunity for you! Whether you’re published or unpublished, working to self-publish or traditionally publish your novel or you have a 2017 release you’d like to share with the world … the Maine Romance Writers 2018 STRUT YOUR STUFF may just be what you need to show your book some love! **UNPUBLISHED BOOKS ** We invite ANY author to enter a blurb in the UNPUBLISHED portion of our contest, provided the book being entered has never been published in any format and is not or will not be under contract to be published before May 21, 2018. Entry fee: $10 Finalists will be sent on to acquiring agent, BETH MILLER of WRITERS HOUSE Literary Agency **PUBLISHED BOOKS** Authors may submit the cover and blurb of a 2017 release into the PUBLISHED portion of our contest. Entry fee: $15 Finalists will be posted online for the Readers’ Choice Awards Please visit the MRW Website (http://www.maineromancewriters.com/p/contest.html) for more details and information on how to enter. Don’t delay!! Deadline to enter is March 2, 2018
  5. Royal Ascot Competition Now Open

    *** PERMISSION TO FORWARD APPRECIATED AND GRANTED *** The Beau Monde's 2018 Royal Ascot Competition is OPEN! http://www.thebeaumonde.com/resources/the-royal-ascot-contest/ The Royal Ascot competition now offers two contests for the one entry fee: • the 2018 Royal Ascot contest, and • the 2018 Royal Ascot Readers' Choice Category Awards. Note: To enter the Royal Ascot Readers' Choice Category Awards, you must first enter the Royal Ascot Contest, and indicate on your registration form your desire to submit your entry to the Readers' Choice Awards. Detailed information on the Royal Ascot Readers' Choice Category Awards is available here: http://thebeaumonde.com/resources/the-royal-ascot-contest/royal-ascot-readers-choice-awards/ KEY DATES Registration opens: February 1st, 2018 Entries close: March 18th, 2018 Royal Ascot Contest Finalists announced: May 17th, 2018 Announcement of Winners: July 18th, 2018 at the Beau Monde's Soiree in Denver ENTRY FEES $24 for Beau Monde members for first entry $30 for non-members for first entry $20 for each subsequent entry There is no additional fee to enter the Royal Ascot Readers' Choice Category Awards JUDGING 2018 Royal Ascot Final Round Judges • Kevan Lyon - Lyon Marsal Literary Agency • Joanna MacKenzie - Nelson Literary Agency • Erin Molta - Entangled Publishing 2018 Royal Ascot Readers' Choice Category Awards Judges Registered reader-judges drawn from eligible subscribers to the Regency Reader (http://thebeaumonde.com/resources/the-regency-reader/) will judge entries within their nominated category, providing the category has a minimum of three entries. Should a category contain less than three entries, it will not be judged. PRIZES Royal Ascot Contest $100.00 and a certificate for Grand Prize Winner. $25.00 and a certificate for all other Finalists Royal Ascot Readers' Choice Category Awards The winner in each category will receive $50, a certificate and an electronic badge. The highest scoring entry in each category must have achieved a minimum score of 70% of the eligible points to be declared the Winner. In the event that the highest scoring entry does not at least 70% of the eligible points, a winner will not be declared and no prize will be awarded. SUBMISSION GUIDELINES Royal Ascot Contest • First 7,000 words of your Regency romance (determined by computer word count) and an optional 1-2 page double-spaced synopsis. If a synopsis is included, please paste it onto the end of your manuscript submission, submitting only one document. • Entries should be prepared using US Letter (8.5 x 11" page size) and standard manuscript format (double-spaced, 12 point Courier or Times New Roman font, 1-inch margins, no more than 25 lines per page). • Headers: Category on the left side of the header and title and page numbers on the right. • Electronic entries only. No paper entries allowed. • Entrant's name should not be anywhere on the entry. • Format: .doc, .docx or .rtf NOTE: All entries must have at least partial Regency (late Georgian) setting, broadly defined, within the United Kingdom between 1780 and 1840. Please see our website for official rules and follow the link at the bottom of the Royal Ascot Contest page to register. http://www.thebeaumonde.com/resources/the-royal-ascot-contest/ If you have any questions, please send an email to royalascot ( at ) thebeaumonde ( dot) com -Kalinya Parker-Pryce Royal Ascot Competition Coordinator
  6. Elevation of Love Contest

    **Permission to Foward** he goal of this contest is to promote the CIMRWA Chapter’s mission of promoting excellence in ethno-cultural romance 2018 CONTEST RULES AND REGULATIONS CIMRWA's ELEVATION OF LOVE contest is open to entries that feature diverse cultural, interracial, and multicultural romances. Both published and unpublished authors are welcome to participate. However, only unpublished works may be submitted. Entries can be submitted to the following categories: Contemporary Romantic Suspense Women’s Fiction/Romantic Elements Young Adult Historical Futuristic, Fantasy, and Paranormal Erotica Each submission will consist of the first 5,000 words of a completed, unpublished manuscript of no less than 40,000 words. Entrants can submit more than one entry, but each entry can only be submitted to one category. All submissions will be judged by three trained judges. The top two scores will be used to determine the finalists. The top three finalists in each category will be forwarded to our editor and agent judges. Contest Opens: The Elevation of Love Contest opens for entries at 12:01 am EST, February 27, 2018. Deadline: Entries and payments must be received by 11:59 pm EST, April 15, 2018. Fee: CIMRWA Members: $20.00 (U.S. funds) Non-CIMRWA / RWA Member$25.00 (U.S. funds) Non-CIMRWA / Non-RWA Member $30.00 (U.S. funds) Fees are per entry and non-refundable. Payment: Make payment via PayPal from your PayPal account or debit or credit card. Eligibility Requirements: The contest is open to unpublished and published writers of romance fiction. The author does not have to be a member of Romance Writers of America® (RWA) to enter the CIMRWA Elevation of Love Contest. However, the entry must be the author’s original novel-length, unpublished work. Entries which have been contracted, previously published, printed, or either partially or fully posted in any format visible to the public such as on a website, in a blog, as an eBook, mass-market copy, self-published, or made available with the intention of distribution during the duration of the contest, will not be accepted. Ineligible entries will be disqualified, and the entry fee forfeited. Submission: To submit complete the entry form here. Once complete, contestants will be directed to PayPal to submit contest fees and manuscript. For more information: http://www.cimrwa.org/contests.html
  7. Diamonds in the Desert Contest

    Desert Rose RWA is proud to present the 2018 Diamonds in the Desert Contest! Our multi-page scoresheet provides feedback on those crucial opening pages, with category-specific sections to offer the best bang for your buck. All rules and guidelines can be found at our website, http://desertroserwa.org/desert-diamonds. *Who Can Submit?* Diamonds in the Desert is open to all unpublished and published authors. *What are the rules?* A full listing of rules and requirements is on our website, http://desertroserwa.org/desert-diamonds *No member of the Diamonds in the Desert Committee is eligible to enter.* *What Can be Submitted?* A pitch blurb and the first 25 pages of any unpublished work of romantic fiction. Works should have a total length of at least 40,000 words and should not be under contract as of the contest deadline of March 16, 2018. *Note: Self-published work is published and, thus, is not eligible for entry in the Diamonds in the Desert Contest. If your entry comes under contract by the contest deadline, you must notify the Contest Coordinator; your entry will be returned and your entry fee refunded.* *Entry Fees* Desert Rose members $20 RWA members $25 Non-RWA members $30 *2018 Diamonds in the Desert Contest Schedule* February 1, 2018 – Contest opens for submissions March 16, 2018 – Contest closes for submissions at 11:59pm MST; all entries and payments must be received by this time April 30, 2018 – Finalists notified June 15, 2018 – Winners notified June 18, 2018 – Full list of Winners and Finalists posted to the Diamonds in the Desert Contest page *2018 Diamonds in the Desert Contest Categories* *Contemporary Series*: Manuscripts that are set from 1950 to the present that have a total length of less than 65,000 words. *Single Title Contemporary*: Manuscripts that are set from 1950 to the present that have a total length of 65,000 words or greater. *Historical*: Manuscripts that are set prior to 1950. *Paranormal/Fantasy*: Manuscripts that take place in fantasy worlds and/or in which paranormal elements are an integral part of the plot. *Romantic Suspense*: Manuscripts in which suspense, mystery, or thriller elements are an integral part of the plot. *Science Fiction/Futuristic*: Manuscripts that take place in futuristic worlds and/or in which science fiction elements are an integral part of the plot. *Young Adult/New Adult*: Manuscripts in which young adult or new adult life is an integral part of the plot. Main characters tend to be between the ages of 14 and 18 for Young Adult and between 18 and 25 for New Adult. *All categories are open to any heat level. * *We accept LGBT entries in all categories.* *Judging* - All entries will be reviewed by three (3) experienced judges in the preliminary round. The lowest of these scores will be dropped and the two remaining scores will be averaged to calculate the final score for the preliminary round. - The three manuscripts per category with the highest scores will advance to the final round. - Finalist entries will be reviewed by an agent and an editor. A list of judges is available on our website, http://desertroserwa. org/desert-diamonds - Desert Rose cannot guarantee commentary on every entry, but we strongly encourage our preliminary-round judges to provide positive, constructive feedback both on the scoresheet and within the entry itself. However, judges will remain anonymous. *No member of the Diamonds in the Desert Committee is eligible to judge.* *Need more Info?* Please contact the Diamonds in the Desert Contest Coordinator at diamonds@desertroserwa.org or visit our website, http://desertroserwa. org/desert-diamonds.
  8. ***PERMISSION TO FORWARD APPRECIATED & GRANTED*** Hearts Through History Romance Writers is proud to announce the 16th Annual Romance through the Ages Contest! This is an awesome opportunity for feedback on your future masterpieces from writing peers. Plus, you don't want to miss a chance for great prizes and to have your manuscript seen by industry professionals! Entries accepted Feb 1st – March 31st, 2018 PRIZES 1st place winners in each category + Legends award: $50 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each category: printed certificate and social media badge (worth $50) All winners will be announced in the Romance Writers Report. ENTRY FEE $20 for HHRW members / $25 for non-members. Both entry form, manuscript file, and payment must be received by midnight March 31, 2018. ELIGIBILITY Unpublished authors may enter any category. Published authors may enter any category in which they’re not published, or in which they’ve not been contracted for publication within the past five years. Self-published work will be considered contracted for the purposes of thiscontest. Open to RWA and non-RWA members. HHRW membership is not required. Entries that have previously won 1st place in any RTTA category or that have won the Legends Award are not eligible. All other previous finalist entries are eligible. All entries must be the author’s original work. Any work of historical romance that has not been contracted for publication by March 31, 2018, may be entered. TIMELINE Deadline is at midnight CDT on March 31, 2018. Finalists will be announced on or about May 31, 2018. Winners will be announced during the Hearts Through History annual meeting at the RWA national conference in Denver, CO, on July 18, 2018. CATEGORIES The 2018 Romance Through The Ages contest offers the following categories: Ancient/Medieval/Renaissance Setting: worldwide, Time period: prehistory through the 17th century Ancient/Medieval/Renaissance – Celtic Setting: British Isles, Time period: prehistory through the 17th century Georgian/Regency/Victorian Setting: England and its colonies/territories, Time period: late 18th through 19th centuries Colonial/Western/Civil War Setting: United States, Time period: 17th through 19th centuries Post-Victorian/World War II Setting: worldwide, Time period:1901 through 1945 Modern History 1950s – 1980s Setting: worldwide, Time period:1950s through 1980s Time Travel/Historical Paranormal Setting: worldwide, Time period: prehistory through 1945, Note: more than 50% of the entry must take place in the historical period Legend Award: A Man for All Reasons All entries are automatically entered in this special cross-category award. The Legend Award celebrates the most memorable hero out of all entries. To date, 2018 Romance through the Ages Final Judges are: Ancient/Medieval/Renaissance – Celtic: Erin Molta, Entangled Publishing Ancient/Medieval/Renaissance: Kathryn LeVeque, Dragonblade Publishing Georgian/Regency/Victorian: Elle Keck, Avon Books/HarperCollins Colonial/Western/Civil War: Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency Post Victorian/World War II: Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency Time Travel/Historical Paranormal: Danielle Egan-Miller Brown, and Miller Literary Associates Modern History 1950s – 1980s: TBA Legend Award: A Man for All Reasons: Jennie Conway, St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan CONTACT If you have any questions, please e-mail RTTA@heartsthroughhistory.com and contact the contest chair. For more info and to enter starting Feb 1st, visit https://www.heartsthroughhistory.com/rtta-contest/
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