I just realized I hadn’t told the Nights of Passion family about my local RWA chapter’s annual writing contest. With the deadline fast approaching, I thought I’d give you all the info so hopefully you will “finish your damn book” and enter. :)
To honor the memory of our former member Judi McCoy, author of 14 romances and the popular “Dogwalker” romantic mystery series, and Rudy, her beloved Bichon frise, Chesapeake Romance Writers is once again holding our “Finish the Damn Book!” Contest. That was one of Judi’s favorite pieces of advice to all of us writers and we thought it an apropos title for this contest.
If you’ve finished a book, at least 40K in length, please consider submitting it to our contest. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Tidewater Bichon Frise Rescue organization in memory of Judi and Rudy.
Complete details on the contest are now available on our Chesapeake Romance Writers website or you can email me firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, but I’ll give you the highlights here.
The contest is open to both published and unpublished authors, although the work submitted must be unpublished AND remain unpublished or uncontracted until after the contest. Should an entered work become contracted or published before the contest ends, the work will be withdrawn from consideration and the entry fee will not be refunded.
To enter you need to submit the first and last chapters of your unpublished 40K+ manuscript (no prologues or epilogues), plus a two-page synopsis of the entire work that will not be judged. Total submission must not exceed 40 pages.
Electronic entries only. You should submit two things: 1) the Contest Entry Form, available on the CRW website, and 2) the first and last chapters plus a two-page synopsis of the book in one single (1) Rich Text file.
Entrants will receive the First Round Judges’ Score Sheets with comments. No comments will be made on the manuscripts themselves. The three top scoring works in each category will advance to the Finals Round and will be ranked by the Category Finals Judge.
Deadline for Entry Fee and Submission: Midnight, September 30, 2014
Finalist Judges are:
CONTEMPORARY: Nicole Resciniti, agent with The Seymour Agency
PARANORMAL: Amanda Barnett, editor with The Wild Rose Press
HISTORICAL: Jordy Albert, agent with Booker Albert Literary Agency
MAINSTREAM: Susan Brower, agent with Natasha Kern Agency
YA/NA: Terrie Wolfe, agent with AKA Literary Agency
EROTIC: Penny Barber, editor with Kensington publishing/Lyrical Imprint
Winners will be announced at our chapter meeting on January 10, 2015.
Entry Fee: $15.00 for RWA members, $25.00 for non-RWA members. Payments can be made by clicking here.
First place Winners in each category will receive a Rudy Statuette and a check for $50.00.
I hope you will consider entering our 3rd annual “Finish the Damn Book!” Contest.
COME ON! FINISH THAT DAMNED BOOK! :)