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NJRW's Put Your Heart in a Book contest for unpublished romance authors is now open!

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The 2019 New Jersey Romance Writers Put Your Heart in a Book contest for unpublished romance authors is now open and accepting entries! 

Submit the first 30 pages of your manuscript to be judged by industry professionals - authors, literary agents, and editors - and get the chance to have "Award-Winning" grace the cover of your very first publication! Review the rules below and click here for more information/to enter: www.njromancewriters.org/pyhiab-contest.html



Submissions will consist of a FIRST chapter, not to exceed 30 pages, and a PROJECTED WORD COUNT of the completed manuscript. A prologue may be included as part of the first chapter, if within page total guidelines. An UNJUDGED SYNOPSIS must be included at the end of the submission, clearly defined with a page break and titled "SYNOPSIS". The synopsis will not count toward the page count.



(All Categories have a 40,000-word minimum. Computer count will be used to determine length.)
  • Contemporary Series
           Category length romances and romantic suspense set in the present day.
  • Single-Title Contemporary
           Romances set in present day. Not part of a series.
  • Historical
           Category and Single Title length romances set before 1945. Includes Regency romances. 
  • Paranormal
           Fantasy, futuristic, paranormal and FFP romantic suspense. 
  • Romantic Suspense
           Romance novel in which suspense is a major element of the plot.
  • Young Adult
           Novels with a strong romantic theme geared toward young adult readers. 

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