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RWA's Southern Magic (Birmingham, Alabama) will be presenting a FREE on-line workshop September 28 through October 2. It will have an open forum through a YAHOO loop format. If you plan to enter the Linda Howard Award of Excellence or any contest, or if want to be a first round judge, take this great workshop. We will cover the following points.

MONDAY - What do contest entrants really want out of a contest? (Includes looking at the score sheet and going over the questions.)

TUESDAY - What makes the contest experience unpleasant for entrants?

WEDNESDAY - How do we give contest entrants what they want out of a contest while still being honest and forthright?

THURSDAY - How do we avoid driving entrants away from our contest while we're being honest and forthright?

FRIDAY - Open Q & A. Actually, every day is Q & A day---feel free to make comments and ask question any time.

The instructors will be Carla Swafford, contest coordinator for the Linda Howard Award of Excellence, and YOU. Your opportunity to let others know how to be better judges.

That week we will also post interviews or special links about our fabulous final judges on our blog, romancemagicians.blogspot.com.


Series/Short & Long Contemporary

Final Judge: Susan Litman, Editor, Harlequin

Single Title

Final Judge: Selina McLemore, Editor, Grand Central Publishers

Suspense (series or single title)

Final Judge: Megan MeKeever, Associate Editor, Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster)


Final Judge: Alicia Condon, VP, Editorial Director, Dorchester

Unique Genres (Paranormal, Futuristic, Fantasy, Time Travel)

Final Judge: Heather Osborn, Acquisitions Editor, Tor

Romantic Sensual and Sizzling (Erotica)

Final Judge: Raelene Gorlinsky, Editor, Ellora's Cave

Young Adult

Final Judge: Natashya Wilson, Senior Editor, Harlequin Teen


Final Judge: Tina Colombo, Editor, Steeple Hill

Fill out to take the workshop



City/State/Zip Code:

Email Address:

Include if you want to be a 1st round judge

Telephone Number:


RWA Status: PRO? PAN?

Category you want to judge?

How many entries?

For PROs entering the Linda Howard Award of Excellence, see the rules for information on how you can save $5 by being a first round judge.

Want to be part of the workshop? Any questions?

Contact carlaswafford @ charter.net


Carla Swafford

Contest Coordinator

Linda Howard Award of Excellence

Presented by www.southernmagic.org

Birmingham, Alabama, USA

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