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  5. RWA Online's 2018 Workshop Schedule

    RWA Online members get to take them for free!
  6. New Jersey Romance Writers 2018 Put Your Heart in a Book Contest for Unpublished writers Official Rules 1) Entrant must be a member of RWA in good standing, unpublished, and not contracted in book-length romantic fiction at the contest deadline by any publisher and in any format within the last five years. RWA membership will be verified by the coordinator(s). 2) Previous winning or final-round entries may not be resubmitted, even in revised form. 3) Multiple entries may be submitted by a single entrant either writing within the same category or in different categories. However, the same entry may only be submitted in one category. 4) Entrant may not have accepted a publishing offer for a work of original fictional narrative prose of 20,000 words or more within the past five (5) years. Should the entrant accept an offer prior to the contest entry deadline, she/he will notify the contest chair and withdraw any and all entries. All entry fees will be forfeited. 5) An official entry consists of: A) Completed electronic entry form. B) Check or money order for $25.00 (NJRW member) or $35.00 (all other RWA members) payable to New Jersey Romance Writers (NJRW) or by PayPal receipt. C) Entries will be submitted by electronic (email) submissions and will consist of a SYNOPSIS (2-5 pages) and FIRST chapter ONLY, not to exceed 30 pages combined. A prologue may be included as part of the first chapter, if within page total guidelines (please see Format below). D) The name of the category you are entering must be listed in the subject line of the email entry. E) You will receive a confirmation when the entry is received. If you do not receive confirmation within 72 hours please email the coordinator. 6) Categories: (All Categories have a 40,000-word minimum. Computer Count will be used to determine length.) A) Contemporary Series Category length romances and romantic suspense set in the present day B) Single-Title Contemporary Romances set in present day. Not part of a series. C) Historical Category and Single Title length romances set before 1945. Includes Regency romances. D) Paranormal Fantasy, futuristic, paranormal and FFP romantic suspense. E) Romantic Suspense Romance novel in which suspense is a major element of the plot. F) Young Adult— Novels with a strong romantic theme geared toward young adult readers. 7) Format for Entry: A) All entries must be in RTF (rich text format) or DOC format only. It should be formatted in standard manuscript format. This includes header and page numbers. ~ One-inch margins double spaced, Times New Roman or Courier, font size 12 ~ 25 lines per page B) Header information should include: title and category in the upper left corner, and page number in the upper right corner only. TARGET MARKET/SUB-GENRE AND PROJECTED WORD COUNT SHOULD APPEAR ON THE FIRST MANUSCRIPT PAGE (only) so judges can customize their comments. C) A cover page is not necessary since the entry form will include all necessary information. D) Your name should only be on the electronic entry form and not on the entry anywhere. 8) Entry Information: A) Contest opens and submissions may be sent starting April 1st, 2018. B) Entries must be submitted by 12:01 a.m. June 1st, 2018 Eastern time zone. NO EXCEPTIONS! C) Finalists will be announced by August 31st, 2018. 9) First Round Judges—All judges are encouraged to give detailed comments for each entry. Judges will be encouraged to comment directly on the submitted entry in another color or on the score sheet. Each entry will be evaluated by at least two (2) judges. Final score is the average of the two scores. In the case of a difference of 45 points or more between the two scores, a third judge will evaluate the entry. The final score, for contest purposes, will be the average of the two highest scores. 10) The three (3) highest-scored entries in each category will advance to the final round and be ranked by our Final Round Judges. The preliminary round scores are not forwarded to the final round. Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. 11) Prizes: Awarded in each category 1st Place: $50 + plaque 2nd Place: $35 + certificate 3rd Place: $25 + certificate 12) A minimum of ten (10) entries must be received in each of the categories in order to consider it a separate category and award prizes. In case fewer than 10 entries are received for any of the categories, the entrants are asked for a second designation for assignment. Reassignment would occur only at the discretion of the contest coordinator. 13) All decisions regarding a disqualification of any entry or clarification of any and all rules will be made by the Contest Committee and will be considered final. Any questions, contact Jessica Collins, Contest Coordinator, at PYHIAB@njromancewriters.org.
  7. ****Permission to forward granted and encouraged **** NEW JERSEY Romance Writers presents 2018 Golden Leaf Contest for Published Authors Register and pay: http://www.njromancewriters.org/golden-leaf.html Deadline: June 1, 2018 Eligibility: Open to all NJRW members and current RWA members published in novel-length romance fiction who are eligible to enter the RWA RITA® contest. Romance novels with a first copyright date or first North American printing date of July 2017 through May 2018. Entry Fees: · NJRW Members: $25 for first entry and $15 for subsequent entries · Non-NJRW Members: $30 for first entry and $25 for subsequent entries Categories: · Best First Book: any romance novel from a first-time author not previously published in book ­length romantic fiction, regardless of publishing medium. · Contemporary Romance: Short: Novels set from 1945 to present that focus primarily on the romantic relationship and are between 40,000 and 56,000 words in length. · Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length: Novels set from 1945 to present that focus primarily on the romantic relationship and that are between 56,000 and 84,000 words in length. · Contemporary Romance: Long: Novels set from 1945 to present that focus primarily on the romantic relationship and are 84,000 or more words. · Historical Romance: Novels set before 1945. Includes Regency romances. 40,000 word minimum. · Novella: short pieces of romantic fiction between 20-40,000 words. (Trade magazines do not normally fall under the proper word count; however, if your novella does, the acceptability of such work will be the decision of the contest chairperson.) · Paranormal Romance: any romance novel in which either time travel, futuristic, fantasy world or paranormal happenings are a major element of the plot. 40,000 word minimum. · Romantic Suspense: Novels in which suspense, mystery, or thriller elements constitute a major part of the plot. 40,000 word minimum. · Erotic Romance: Novels in which strong, often explicit, sexual interaction is an inherent part of the love story, character growth and relationship development and could not be removed without damaging the storyline. These novels may contain elements of other romance subgenres (such as paranormal, historical, novella, etc). · Best Book by a New Jersey Romance Author: Open to any entrant (regardless of whether they’re an NJRW member) who is a current, full-time resident of New Jersey. The book must be entered in another category. Scores from that category will be used to determine the winner and finalists in the Best Book by a NJ Romance Author category. If the entrant is entering multiple books in the contest, only one may also be entered in the Best Book by a NJ Romance Author category. There is no additional fee to have a book considered for Best Book by a NJ Romance Author. No additional books need to be sent. Winners will be announced during the Put Your Heart in a Book Conference, October 19-20, 2018. For more information, please visit our web site at http://www.njromancewriters.org or contact the Contest Chair at GoldenLeaf @ njromancewriters.org (remove spaces before sending email).
  8. RWA Online's 2018 Workshop Schedule

    Question...we get the class for free, but do we still need to register? Thanks. Vicky
  9. Just in case you didn't get this from RWA. Learn how to build your platform and grow your audience in our latest RWA University class, "The Art & Business of Author Platform" with industry expert Jane Friedman. In this class, Friedman will help you gain a better understanding of your existing and potential readership, find ways to optimize your brand, increase your reach, and identify opportunities for collaboration. The Art & Business of Author Platform Published authors always have one thing in common: they seek an audience for their work, and almost always a bigger audience. Having a strong and growing readership helps turn writing into a sustainable, full-time career. But what leads to readership growth? And what can you do, especially without a publisher’s help (or a large bankroll), to encourage that growth? This session helps you better identify and grow a readership, whether you’re traditionally published or self-published. Sometimes this is called “platform development.” Author platform is one of the most difficult concepts to explain in publishing, partly because everyone defines it a little differently. But by far the easiest explanation of platform is: visibility to your target audience—which translates into an ability to sell more books. Date: March 29 Time: 12 p.m. CDT Cost: $5 Register: http://www.rwa.org/rwau Note: Webinar recording will not be available for purchase after the event. About Jane Friedman Jane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in business strategy for authors and publishers. She's the co-founder of The Hot Sheet, the essential industry newsletter for authors, and has previously worked for F+W Media and the Virginia Quarterly Review. In addition to being a columnist with Publishers Weekly and a professor with The Great Courses, Jane maintains an award-winning blog for writers at JaneFriedman.com; her expertise has been featured by NPR, PBS, CBS, The Washington Post, the National Press Club and many other outlets. Jane has delivered keynotes and workshops on the digital era of authorship at worldwide industry events, including the Writer's Digest annual conference, San Miguel Writers Conference, The Muse & The Marketplace, Frankfurt Book Fair, BookExpo America, LitFlow Berlin, and Digital Book World. She's also served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund, and has held positions as a professor of writing, media, and publishing at the University of Cincinnati and University of Virginia. Her newest book is The Business of Being a Writer (University of Chicago Press, 2018). Romance Writers of America www.rwa.org/rwau 832-717-5200, Ext. 126
  10. When: Friday, May 4th Where: Woodbury, NY Hello, Please forward this to your membership, for an excellent opportunity for them to attend a low-key event and get to pitch to top agents and editors! Long Island Romance Writers (RWA Chapter 160) would like to extend a warm invitation to you to attend the upcoming 21st Annual “Shining the Light on Romance” Editor/Agent Networking Luncheon. We have more than 20 agents and editors attending this popular networking event, which will be held on Friday, May 04, 2018, from 12:00-4:00 pm in the elegant Somerley Room at the Fox Hollow in Woodbury, New York. The cost to attend the Luncheon is $75 for non-LIRW members and $55 for members. For more information on the attending agents and editors, and to register, please go to www.lirw.org. LIRW’s annual Luncheon enjoys a well-deserved reputation among industry professionals on the lookout for the next Nora Roberts or Janet Evanovich. It’s an outstanding opportunity for writers at all stages of their careers and across many genres to pitch or simply chat with editors and agents. Many authors made the initial contacts that would launch their careers at the LIRW Luncheon. The guest speaker this year is Damon Suede. Damon grew up out-n-proud deep in the anus of right-wing America, and escaped as soon as it was legal. He has lived all over: Houston, New York, London, Prague. Along the way, he’s earned his crust as a model, a messenger, a promoter, a programmer, a sculptor, a singer, a stripper, a bookkeeper, a bartender, a techie, a teacher, a director… but writing has ever been his bread and butter. He has been happily partnered for over a decade with the most loving, handsome, shrewd, hilarious, noble man to walk this planet. Addictions: sweetness that isn’t sentimental, wit that isn’t bitter, strength that isn’t cruel. Allergies: professional victims, half-assery, clichés. Damon is a proud member of the Romance Writers of America and currently serves on its national Board of Directors. He also served as the 2013 president for the Rainbow Romance Writers, RWA’s LGBT romance chapter. Though new to gay romance, Damon has been writing for print, stage, and screen for two decades, which is both more and less glamorous than you might imagine. He’s won some awards, but his blessings are more numerous: his amazing friends, his demented family, his beautiful husband, his loyal fans, and his silly, stern, seductive Muse who keeps whispering in his ear, year after year. Note: We offer pickup and return to the local LIRR train station for those who wish to travel to the Luncheon from Penn Station in Manhattan. If you decide to stay overnight, Fox Hollow has hotel accommodations available (http://www.theinnatfoxhollow.com). We’re happy to provide a list of local hotels upon request. In recent years the Luncheon has sold out early. We urge you to share the above information with the members of your organization, and if possible, to include it in your newsletter. Feel free to contact us at luncheonlirw@gmail.com with any questions or concerns! Thank you and best wishes, Best, Vivi Parish 2018 Luncheon Chair Emma Sinclair 2018 Vice Chair www.lirw.org
  11. ''Double, Double, Toil and Trouble'': The Dangers, Politics, and Misconduct in Police Work Starts: April 1, 2018 Instructor: Wesley Harris Class Description: Understanding the world of police work is essential to write accurately and realistically about cops and crime. Enhance your stories by revealing what happens behind the scenes beyond the crime-fighting—the fears, the infighting, the occasional transgressions. This course is divided into three topics. The first week covers the dangers of police work, how cops are taught to survive and the mentality that can arise from that training to create an "us versus them" attitude. The next session explores office politics, how internal pressures and outside influences affect individual officers, their performance, and their stress level. The course wraps up with a detailed look at misconduct and corruption, its magnitude and how it occurs. The internal affairs process will be discussed, including what an officer goes through when accused of misconduct or involved in a critical incident. Bio: In addition to a law enforcement career spanning over 40 years, Wesley Harris has written professionally for over three decades, authoring several books and many articles on police procedure and American history. His work has appeared in national magazines like POLICE, Law Officer, Mature Living, Wild West, and America’s Civil War. He has served in nearly every position in law enforcement—patrol officer, detective, trainer, section commander, and police chief. Currently, he is a manager for Louisiana State Parks and serves on the criminal justice faculty of the University of Phoenix. He also operates WriteCrimeRight.com, a consulting and editing service for writers. The Sizzling Scintillating Synopsis Starts: April 1, 2018 Instructor: Suzanne Purvis Class Description: The goal of this class through lessons, assignments, and plenty of feedback is for you to come away with a sizzling, scintillating synopsis. A synopsis that will get the attention of an agent, editor, contest judge and prove you’re a professional and talented storyteller. Bio: Suzanne Purvis is a transplanted Canadian living in the Deep South, where she traded “eh” for “Y'all.” An author of long, and short fiction for both children and adults, she has won several awards including those sponsored by the University of Toronto, RWA, and Women Who Write. You can find her work in print anthologies, magazines, ezines, and ebooks. www.suzannepurvis.com To see all of KOD’s awesome workshops, go to: http://www.rwakissofdeath.org/coffin-classes. To register, go to: https://www.rwa.org/2018coffin. Workshops are $15 for members, $30 for non-members. Are you a Murderously-inclined Romance Writer? Join KOD! https://www.rwa.org/joinkod2018 From Kathy Crouch
  12. Query letter is far more difficult than the book!

    1. Patti Fischer

      Patti Fischer

      I hate writing a synopsis! 

    2. Pam Trader

      Pam Trader

      Good luck!

       

  13. Registration is close to capacity for the NJRW full day masterclass with Damon Suede on Saturday, April 14th. If you'd like to attend this event, don't wait to register! Seating is limited! NJRW is proud to present a full day masterclass with Damon Suede on Saturday, April 14th. Register now! Seating is limited! Based on techniques presented in his new book on characterization and story planning, Damon Suede presents a full-day masterclass on bringing stories to life and life to stories. This full-day workshop includes two masterclass sessions designed to help you tackle the issues and challenges specific to your creative process. MOVING CHARACTERS: action figures – 9am – 12pm Bestsellers start with fascinating people. Boost your writing process and anchor your career at any stage with a new characterization method that jumpstarts drafting, crafting, revision, and pitching. In this deep-dive morning session, we’ll take your fictional folks to the next level with a simple, powerful technique that will strengthen your people, your plots, your hooks, and your voice whether you’re a plotter or pantser, a beginner or an expert. Go beyond looks, persona, and boilerplate traits so you can bust your ruts and build the perfect cast to dazzle your readers. CASTING CALL: starring roles – 1:30pm – 4:30pm For the afternoon, we’ll get personal and practical. Expanding on the techniques presented earlier, this session gets down to the nitty gritty of crafting your own fascinating cast without unnecessary trivia, digression, or theory. Spotlight your primary characters with a supporting lineup that amps the stakes and emotion in every scene. Bring a project that’s in process or start one from scratch in the room, and we’ll zero in on the best possible dramatis personae so your story can write itself. In addition, each attendee will receive a print copy of Verbalize, a new writer guide which lays out fresh, practical solutions which will expand on the day’s material. Most writing manuals skirt craft questions with gimmicks and quick fixes rather than plugging directly into your story’s power source. Energize your fiction and boost your career with · a new characterization method that jumpstarts drafting, crafting, revision, and pitching. · skill-builders to intensify language, stakes, and emotion for your readers. · battle-tested solutions for common traps, crutches, and habits. · a dynamic story-planning strategy effective for plotters and pantsers. · ample examples and exercises to help you upgrade fiction in any genre. Blast past overused tics and types with storycraft that busts your ruts and awes your audience with a fresh set of user-friendly, language-based tools to populate your pages and lay the foundations of unforgettable genre fiction. About the Presenter Damon Suede grew up out-n-proud deep in the anus of right-wing America, and escaped as soon as it was legal. He has lived all over and along the way, he’s earned his crust as a model, a messenger, a promoter, a programmer, a sculptor, a singer, a stripper, a bookkeeper, a bartender, a techie, a teacher, a director... but writing has ever been his bread and butter. He has been happily partnered for over a decade with the most loving, handsome, shrewd, hilarious, noble man to walk this planet. Damon is a proud member of the Romance Writers of America and the Rainbow Romance Writers. Though new to romance fiction, Damon has been writing for print, stage, and screen for two decades, which is both more and less glamorous than you might imagine. He's won some awards, but counts his blessings more often: his amazing friends, his demented family, his beautiful husband, his loyal fans, and his silly, stern, seductive Muse who keeps whispering in his ear, year after year. Damon would love to hear from you.... Get in touch with him at DamonSuede.com. Saturday, April 14th 9am – 4:30pm (Check in desk opens at 8:30am) Cost: $35 Cost of registration does not include lunch Pre-Registrations ONLY. Registration will NOT be taken at the door Be sure to act fast! Seating is limited! Register: https://www.rwa.org/e/in/eid=793 Renaissance Woodbridge 515 US Highway Route 1 South Iselin, NJ 08830 Questions? Contact RoseAnn DeFranco, radefranco@gmail.com Secretary, NJRW 2018 Special Event Coordinator
  14. Working on Georgian Novella currently titled The Abandoned Earl and working out some kinks in the brothel book (early Georgian with no title)

  15. YARWA 2018 Rosemary Contest

    ****Permission to forward granted and encouraged!**** The 2018 Rosemary Contest for Unpublished Young Adult and New Adult Manuscripts is open to entries. Available categories to enter: -Contemporary YA -Historical YA -Paranormal YA -Speculative YA -New Adult YARWA or RWA Membership is NOT required to enter. Fee: $15 YARWA members/$25 non-members The contest deadline is April 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 final judges or to enter, go to http://yarwa.com/contest-2018/ Questions? Please contact Contest Coordinator Tara Kennedy at yarwacontestcoord [at] gmail [dot] com. Want to be a judge? Sign up here: http://yarwa.com/ya2/rosemary-judges/
  16. Are you tired of winter? Could you use a weekend away to write and be with other writers in a beautiful setting this spring? Come to the Retreat From Harsh Reality! Hurry, the registration deadline is March 24th. The Mid-Michigan RWA’s Retreat from Harsh Reality is Friday, April 27th to Sunday, April 29th at the Bay Pointe Inn on Gun Lake in Shelbyville, Michigan which is centrally located midway between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, and an easy drive from Chicago and Detroit. This lakeside resort is an ideal locale for a writing retreat. It's the perfect chance to get away, relax, and rejuvenate your creative muse with other writers. Our guest speaker, Jennifer Probst will present two workshops. The Write Path: The Top Seven Tasks to Achieve A Successful Writing Career and Write Big, Write Smart, and Write Naked, when she will cover chapters from her book, Write Naked - A Bestseller’s Secrets to Writing Romance & Navigating the Path to Success. The retreat costs $230 for the full weekend package (includes 5 meals) and $140 for the Saturday only package (includes 3 meals). Lodging is separate, but there is a block of rooms discounted for the retreat. (Room block expires March 24th.) Registration ends Saturday, March 24th – for more information visit the website: www.retreatfromharshreality.com or email the Retreat Chair at annieowrites@gmail.com
  17. COMPUTER SECURITY FOR AUTHORS AND THEIR CHARACTERS presented by Pam Trader Class begins: April 2, 2018 Length of Class: 4 weeks Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members) Registration opens March 19, 2018 Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=546 Workshop description: It's a dangerous cyberworld out there! Phishing and email scams and database hacking, oh my! What's an author to do about it all? Can you even be on the internet anymore? Is the "cloud" safe for our works in progress? Learn how phishing, spyware, and ransomware is used, how identity theft and internet scams work, and how to be safe on wi-fi networks and social media. We'll also look at the latest scary problem built into all of our computers - the villainous Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities - to assess how serious these threats are. This interactive workshop will tiptoe through the world of cybersecurity through two paths - one designed to provide authors with knowledge about computer security for their personal use. We'll also explore cybersecurity as our characters use, or avoid, those threats in our stories. Come prepared with both your questions and your character's questions in the world of cybersecurity. About Pam Trader Pam Trader is a geek who manages a few websites, webcasts a few RWA® chapter meetings, and helps her less computer-literate friends keep their computers running. In a former life she spent 20 years in the United States Air Force where she claims to have spent a lot of time on the phone with help desks trying to make the computer systems she used to do more than the designers intended. That segued into a job with a defense contractor who built those systems she nagged about where she learned the importance of good computer hygiene and eventually earned her COMPTIA Security+ certification. You can find Pam tethered to a computer in her day job building web-based instructional products and at night tinkering with those websites she manages when she's not inventing ways for her heroes and heroines to escape the clutches of notorious cyber villains. Deadline to register is April 2, 2018 FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/ Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com You do not need to be a RWA® member to take the class. Note: RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website. However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend.
  18. New Jersey Romance Writers is proud to present an all day workshop with Damon Suede! Saturday, April 14th 9am – 4:30pm (Check in desk opens at 8:30am) Cost: $35 (Cost of registration does not include lunch) Pre-Registrations ONLY In place of our monthly April meeting, NJRW is proud to present a full day masterclass with Damon Suede. Based on techniques presented in his new book on characterization and story planning, Damon Suede presents a full-day masterclass on bringing stories to life and life to stories. This full-day workshop includes two masterclass sessions designed to help you tackle the issues and challenges specific to your creative process. 9am – 12pm MOVING CHARACTERS: action figures - In this deep-dive morning session, we’ll take your fictional folks to the next level with a simple, powerful technique that will strengthen your people, your plots, your hooks, and your voice whether you’re a plotter or pantser, a beginner or an expert. 1:30pm – 4:30pm CASTING CALL: Starring Roles – Expanding on the techniques presented earlier, this session gets down to the nitty gritty of crafting your own fascinating cast without unnecessary trivia, digression, or theory. Bring a project that’s in process or start one from scratch in the room. In addition, each attendee will receive a print copy of Verbalize, a new writer guide which lays out fresh, practical solutions which will expand on the day’s material. Register now here: http://www.njromancewriters.org/verbalize-with-damon-suede.html About the Presenter: Damon Suede grew up out-n-proud deep in the anus of right-wing America, and escaped as soon as it was legal. He has lived all over and along the way, he’s earned his crust as a model, a messenger, a promoter, a programmer, a sculptor, a singer, a stripper, a bookkeeper, a bartender, a techie, a teacher, a director... but writing has ever been his bread and butter. He has been happily partnered for over a decade with the most loving, handsome, shrewd, hilarious, noble man to walk this planet. Damon is a proud member of the Romance Writers of America and the Rainbow Romance Writers. Though new to romance fiction, Damon has been writing for print, stage, and screen for two decades, which is both more and less glamorous than you might imagine. He's won some awards, but counts his blessings more often: his amazing friends, his demented family, his beautiful husband, his loyal fans, and his silly, stern, seductive Muse who keeps whispering in his ear, year after year. Damon would love to hear from you.... Get in touch with him at DamonSuede.com. Questions? Contact RoseAnn DeFranco, radefranco@gmail.com Secretary, NJRW, 2018 Special Event Coordinator
  19. 2018 VRW Fool for Love is Open

    We had a little glitch but it's working now! Apologies to anyone who tried to enter and kept getting an error page. The 2018 VRW Fool For Love is Open! What's great about this one is no synopsis required, you don't need to have your manuscript complete, and we have some pretty fabulous final round judges. So authors... pre-published and published... polish up those first 7500 words and enter by April 2nd! CLICK HERE TO ENTER Judges and 2017 Finalists... please email FoolforLoveContest@gmail.com for the discount/free entry codes If you have any questions, please email the FFL email above or contact me directly at catetayler@gmail.com. Please do not reply to this email on the loop, I may not see it right away. Good Luck! Cate Tayler Sultry Romance... Seriously Sassy. Simply Smart. www.catetayler.com
  20. 2018 BOOK BUYERS BEST CONTEST FOR PUBLISHED AUTHORS Showcasing the shining excellence of published authors in novella and novel-length romance fiction and mainstream fiction with a central romance. Entry deadline: April 15, 2018 The contest is open to all general, associate and affiliate Romance Writers of America® members who are in good standing with RWA National with current membership paid. The BBB Contest is accepting traditionally published and self-published entries – in electronic format ONLY. More info & enter: http://occrwa.org/contests/book-buyers-best/
  21. The 2018 Orange Rose Contest For Emerging Writers The Orange Rose Contest for emerging writers is in its 35th year! This storied contest has in its roster many finalists who are now published, such as Rita Winners Laura Drake and Tessa Dare and New York Times best-selling authors Allison Brennan, Judy Duarte, Susan Squires and Debra Holland to name just a few. Why has the ORC enjoyed this level of success? It’s in large part due to the exceptional judges, both first-round published author and final editor/agent judges, and our comprehensive score sheets. Our top prize, the coveted Charlotte Award, is given in honor of long-time OCC member Charlotte Lobb, who passed away in 2013. Charlotte was a tireless volunteer and supporter of this chapter and its members, as well as a multi-published author of over 60 books. She was known for her generosity of spirit and a great sense of humor. It is fitting that we present this top award to an unpublished writer in honor of Charlotte’s mentorship and encouragement of fledgling writers. One more thing, Charlotte herself was an Orange Rose finalist back in the day. Please take a look at the ORC Rules & Guidelines and enter in the following genres: Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Inspirational Romance, Mainstream Fiction with a central romance, Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense, and Young Adult Romance. These final round agents and editors are standing by to read finalists. Entry deadline: April 30, 2018 Info & enter: http://occrwa.org/contests/orange-rose-contest/
  22. **PERMISSION TO FORWARD GRANTED, ENCOURAGED, AND APPRECIATED** The New Jersey Romance Writers are proud to announce the 2018 Put Your Heart in a Book Conference. Once again we’ll have two days of workshops, editor/agent appointments, and networking all geared to furthering your writing career. DATES: October 19-20, 2018 LOCATION: Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel 515 Route 1 South Iselin, NJ 08830 FEATURED SPEAKERS: Breakfast Keynote – Virginia Kantra Special Presentation – Hope Ramsay (ticket required – first 100 registrants) Luncheon Keynote – Jane Porter Pre-Conference Workshop – Melinda Leigh PUB Retreat Kick-Off – Rebecca Zanetti As we have in the past, our conference will feature: Workshops Editor/Agent Pitch Sessions Published Author Retreat PRO Member Retreat Anonymous Author Kick-Off Party Networking Session Book Fair and Author Signing (Back by popular demand!) The link to submit a workshop proposal is now open through April 15, 2018. The link to access the workshop submissions page is: https://www.rwa.org/e/sx/tk/eid=782 Please direct any questions you may have to Conference Chair Lena Pinto atconfchair@njromancewriters.org or Assistant Conference Chair Leigh Raffaele at leighraff@aol.com. More information regarding registration and Editor/Agents is forthcoming shortly. In the meantime, be sure to submit your workshop proposal. Help us to make the 2018 PYHIAB conference the best ever. Lena Pinto 2018 Conference Chair Leigh Raffaele 2018 Assistant Conference Chair Visit NJRW at www.njromancewriters.org Contact NJRomanceWriters-owner@yahoogroups.com with questions.
  23. CIMRWA's ELEVATION OF LOVE

    No that would be CIMRWA and you can click on the webpage towards the bottom for more information. As a chapter, we don't have any contests that we put on.
  24. Help us to make our 2018 Put Your Heart In A Book conference the best ever. Submit your workshop proposal by April 15, 2018. The link to access the workshop submissions page is: https://www.rwa.org/e/sx/tk/eid=782 Please direct any questions you may have to Conference Chair Lena Pinto at confchair@njromancewriters.org or Assistant Conference Chair Leigh Raffaele at leighraff@aol.com.
  25. CIMRWA's ELEVATION OF LOVE

    Just for clarification, we are not part of the hosting chapter, correct? Thank you.
  26. CIMRWA's ELEVATION OF LOVE

    CIMRWA's ELEVATION OF LOVE is officially 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 **Final round judges will be announced Monday, March 4, 2018. Learn more: http://www.cimrwa.org/contests.html
  27. Stiletto Contest Opens March 9

    The Contemporary Romance Writer chapter's annual Stiletto Contest opens for entries on March 9, 2018. The Stiletto Contest celebrates and recognizes excellence in the contemporary romance genre for published and unpublished novels. The Contemporary Romance Writers Chapter focuses on the contemporary romance genre and its inception of the Stiletto Contest upholds the chapter goal of bringing awareness to the best work by authors and writers in contemporary romance. This year, we are opening our 'Unpublished' category to include works by published authors (within certain guidelines). Categories for published books and unpublished manuscripts are: Contemporary Romance Novella/Short – Novels that are set from 1950 to the present that focus primarily on the romantic relationship and that are between 25,000 and 50,000 words in length. Contemporary Romance Mid Length – Novels that are set from 1950 to the present that focus primarily on the romantic relationship and that are between 51,000 and 84,000 words in length. Contemporary Romance Long – Novels that are set from 1950 to the present that focus primarily on the romantic relationship and that are 85,000 or more words. Young Adult – Novels in which young adult life is an integral part of the plot. Minimum 40,000 words. New Adult – Novels in which new adult life is an integral part of the plot. Minimum 40,000 words. Suspense/Mystery – Novels in which suspense, mystery, or thriller elements constitute an integral part of the plot. Minimum 40,000 words. Each entry will be read by 5 judges drawn from the RWA members. Each category will have 5 finalists determined from first round judging. The 5 finalists in each category will be read by one editor and one agent. All categories are based on RWA standards/descriptions. All entries must be in the contemporary romance genre. For rules, go here: http://contemporaryromance.org/stiletto-contest/ To sign up to be a judge, or to read our scoresheets, go here: http://contemporaryromance.org/judges-sign-up/ Winners will be announced in Denver, at the Stiletto Contest Party, to be held on Friday, July 20, 2018. If you write Contemporary Romance, we'd love to see your entries! Liza Keogh and Mary E. Thompson, Co-Chairs
  28. Stiletto Contest Opens March 9

    The Contemporary Romance Writer chapter's annual Stiletto Contest opens for entries on March 9, 2018. The Stiletto Contest celebrates and recognizes excellence in the contemporary romance genre for published and unpublished novels. The Contemporary Romance Writers Chapter focuses on the contemporary romance genre and its inception of the Stiletto Contest upholds the chapter goal of bringing awareness to the best work by authors and writers in contemporary romance. This year, we are opening our 'Unpublished' category to include works by published authors (within certain guidelines). Categories for published books and unpublished manuscripts are: Contemporary Romance Novella/Short – Novels that are set from 1950 to the present that focus primarily on the romantic relationship and that are between 25,000 and 50,000 words in length. Contemporary Romance Mid Length – Novels that are set from 1950 to the present that focus primarily on the romantic relationship and that are between 51,000 and 84,000 words in length. Contemporary Romance Long – Novels that are set from 1950 to the present that focus primarily on the romantic relationship and that are 85,000 or more words. Young Adult – Novels in which young adult life is an integral part of the plot. Minimum 40,000 words. New Adult – Novels in which new adult life is an integral part of the plot. Minimum 40,000 words. Suspense/Mystery – Novels in which suspense, mystery, or thriller elements constitute an integral part of the plot. Minimum 40,000 words. Each entry will be read by 5 judges drawn from the RWA members. Each category will have 5 finalists determined from first round judging. The 5 finalists in each category will be read by one editor and one agent. All categories are based on RWA standards/descriptions. All entries must be in the contemporary romance genre. For rules, go here: http://contemporaryromance.org/stiletto-contest/ To sign up to be a judge, or to read our scoresheets, go here: http://contemporaryromance.org/judges-sign-up/ Winners will be announced in Denver, at the Stiletto Contest Party, to be held on Friday, July 20, 2018. If you write Contemporary Romance, we'd love to see your entries! Liza Keogh and Mary E. Thompson, Co-Chairs
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