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Emily Contest Opens Oct 1st & Closes Nov 2nd

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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I’m writing you about West Houston RWA’s 2018 Emily Contest for unpublished romance, which opens on October 1, 2017, and closes at midnight on November 2, 2017.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:




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Details: Enter the first 5,600 words of your unpublished manuscript (no synopsis!)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


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