Showing posts with label Contest Alert. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Contest Alert. Show all posts

Friday, August 19, 2011

Contest Alert: Gateway To The Best 2011

Missouri Romance Writers of America (MORWA) is proud to announce the opening of their annual contest – Gateway to the Best. With six categories, there’s sure to be one for your manuscript.

As summer draws to a close, Gateway’s first round judges are waiting for your manuscript.
Contest closes September 9th, 2011

No synopsis needed. Send in the first 7000 words of your manuscript

Costs: $20 for MORWA Members for 1st entry & $10 for additional entries, $30 for Non-MORWA Members for 1st entry & $15 for additional entries

Eligibility: Open to unpublished authors and authors who have not been contracted in novel-length fiction (40,000+) in last 3 years.

Entry: Electronic entry only. Entry length limited to first 7,000 words (25-28 pages). No synopsis.

Categories: Contemporary Series, Historical, Young Adult, Romantic Suspense, Single Title & Paranormal

Final Judges:
Laura Barth - Harlequin: Contemporary Series
Esi Sogah - Harper Collins: Historical
Adam Wilson – Harlequin Teen: YA
Margo Lipschultz - Harlequin: Romantic Suspense
Katherine Pelz - Berkley: Single Title
Latoya Smith - Grand Central Publishing: Paranormal

Grand Prize: $100 & entire manuscript critiqued by published author.
For more information go to

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Contest Alert: Low Entries, Extended Deadline!

Deadline extended and low on entries, the Heart-to-Heart for unpublished authors looks like a great opportunity!  Note there's no synopsis required, a very reasonable entry fee, and the three final judges include an agent, a print editor and an e-book editor.

Permission to forward or share the below information has been granted by the chapter.

The 2011 Heart-To-Heart Contest sponsored by the San Francisco Area Romance Writers is running full speed ahead! We are low on entries and have extended the deadline to August 31st.

~ 3 final judges in each category!
~Entries will be accepted electronically ONLY. Save on paper and postage!
~Scoring based on 20 key areas guaranteed to make your entry shine!
~All entries will receive 3 scores. All 3 scores will count toward your final
~Contest entry fees will be accepted by Paypal or check!

CONTEST CATEGORIES: Paranormal, Erotic, Contemporary, YA and Historical


The magical scene in which your hero and heroine meet for the first time,
maximum 15 pages (optional one-page set-up, unjudged)

Fee: $15

Deadline: Midnight on August 31st, 2011

Eligibility: Unpublished

Final Judges: 3 in each category: 1 agent, 1 print editor & 1 e-pub editor

A few of our top notch judges include:
Laura Bradford, agent from Bradford Literary Agency
Leis Pederson, editor from Berkeley
Jay Austin, ePub editor from eXtasy Books and Devine Destinies

Top Prize: Certificate

All first-round judges are trained, experienced critiquers and published authors

For contest overview, official rules, entry form, and score sheets go to:

Questions?? – Contact our Contest Coordinator at:

Monday, May 16, 2011

Contest Alert: The 2011 Rebecca is Light on Entries!

The Land of Enchantment Romance Authors (LERA RWA Chapter) announces the 2011 Rebecca Contest is light on entries.

Brigaders, here's your shot at an excellent chance to final in a RWA chapter sponsored contest.  The deadline is still two weeks away, so don't delay. 

The Rebecca is reporting very light entries across the board, but of special note to Brigaders and Skiffy Rommers, the Paranormal / SFR / UF Category!  There's still time to get your entry ready.
  • May 31st deadline
  • Entry fee is $25 for non-LERA members (By check, MO, or Paypal button on LERA site)
  • Up to opening 5,000 words
  • Gift Certificates for top three finalists in each category ($50, $30, $20) 
  • Published or unpublished authors welcome to enter, but entry may not be contracted for publishing prior to contest deadline
Categories and Final Judges:
Contemporary Romance -- Natalie Fischer of Laura Bradford Agency
Historical Romance -- Deb Nemeth, Acquiring Editor, Carina Press
Paranormal / SFR / UF -- Becca Stumpf, Prospect Literary Agency
Young Adult (YA) -- Angela James, Executive Editor, Carina Press*
Erotic Romance -- Laurie McLean, Larsen Pomada Literary Agency

*Have a YA SFR manuscript?  Remember, Carina Press was voted the 2010 Most SFR Friendly Digital Publisher by the Brigade.  Here's your chance!

For more information, click the following links:

The Rebecca Contest Rules

The Rebecca Entry Form

The Rebecca Announcement and LERA Web Site

Friday, March 25, 2011

Night Owl Romance Spring Fling Web Hunt

Starting April 1 I will be participating in the Night Owl Romance Spring Fling web hunt. You just go to my website and click on the hidden icon. Okay it's not so hidden - hint - Coming soon books. You are directed to the Night Owl site and can enter to win hundreds of prizes. Free is good in this age of $4 gasoline.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

RWA FFP 2010 On The Far Side

The contest results for the RWA FFP Chapter On the Far Side contest are now up...and if you look closely, we have 2 Brigaders who've placed in the HSF/SF/F section!

Hard SF/SF/F: Danielle Rose Poiesz, Editor, Penguin
1st: Jennifer Hart - "Stellar Timing"
2nd: Elizabeth Struble - "StarWay to Paradise"
3rd: Laurie Green - "The Outer Planets"

Well done, Jennifer & Laurie!!!

To see the full results, use this link.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Free first-line contest

The 2009 RWA Golden Heart finalists are offering an opportunity to win your entry fee for the 2011 Golden Heart contest. The Make It Golden contest is for best opening line. Contest opens (and closes!) Sept. 21 - limited to the first 100 entries. Details at the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood blog. Let's invade the paranormal finalist list next year!

Monday, September 13, 2010

We Have a Buffy Winner!!!!

This came in too late to make that latest Hailing on All Frequency list, but I wanted to get the word out asap. 

Donna S. Frelick WON the TARA Contest Paranormal category with her SFR manuscript, Unchained Memory!!!

*Presents Donna with a shiny new Buffy Award*

Congratulations many times over on an impressive win, Donna!  Woohoo!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Congratulations to Leslie Dow!

I received word that SFR Brigader Leslie Dow has finaled in the Lori Wilde's Drive 'Em Wilde Contest.  In confirming with Leslie, she told me this was her first contest entry for her first manuscript! 

Woohoo, Leslie!  Way to go!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Draw Me A Harduk

A New Contest in Honor of Romenel's June Launch:

This is a fun one, inspired by our friend Morgan and the desire to create a fan art page for my site. From bits and pieces of description in Marya, she drew a picture of a not-terribly-pleased Marya riding a harduk. Her vision (which I'll withhold during the contest so we don't influence your vision) may not match yours.

So here we go:

The prize:

An e-copy of your very own of
Romenel: Voyage Into Twilight (with that gorgeous Missy Lyon's cover)
The rules:

  • Read Marya. In order to know what a harduk is, this is a must.
  • Draw me a harduk. This could be a generic harduk, or a specific one (Windflower, Moondancer, whichever one you please.)
  • Artistic talent is not a must to win. I'll be picking a random winner from the entries. This is just for fun.
  • Please specify if you'd rather not see your artwork up on the fan art page once the contest ends.
  • email your image to me (jpeg's are nice, but I'll take anything) to
The duration:

Send me your drawings, collages, photoshopped images, etc. between now (5/22) and June 25th.

Can't wait to see what you all come up with!

Sandra Stixrude

Marya – Available NOW: a Red Rose Publishing Best Seller

Cold Facts Meet Flights of Fancy

Writer’s Habitat – for authors and their keepers

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Our Daphne finalist!

Congratulations to Brigade member Laurel Wanrow! Her SFR manuscript PASSAGES has been named a finalist in the paranormal category of the 2010 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. Final placements will be announced at the RWA National Conference in its shiny new venue in Orlando.

Last Wishes by Caroline Dunsheath
Last Chance by Ann Fischer & Linda Baxter
Hearts of Darkness by Ciara Stewart
Lost Paladin by Tracy St. Hilaire
Passages by Laurel Wanrow

Good luck, Laurel!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Release Week Party Announcement!

Hi everyone,

I know I'm busting in here a day early again, but this is a big announcement. The blog party kickoff for the release of Beyond the Shadows starts today. I have a list of events and giveaways, including a ton of free books. I'm giving away copies of Beyond the Shadows all week, but also a slew of other fun SFR titles including Tsunami Blue, Touched by an Alien, and Rebels and Lovers. Go forth and check it out, and spread the word. Hope to see you at the party!


Monday, April 19, 2010

CONTEST ALERT: Laurie Green wins the first Buffy!

Laurie Green's SFR novel OUTER PLANETS has just won 1st place in the Lilac City Rochester Writers 1st & 10 contest, making her our first recipient of The Buffy! (Awarded to Brigade members who place first in any contest.)

Also worthy of note: Her entry received all perfect scores from both first-round and second-round judges. AND this was a general fiction contest with no categories, so she was up against all genres.

Nicely done, Laurie! As the founding member of SFR Brigade, it seems only fitting.

We're on a roll, folks!

Congrats to our Sheila Finalists!

I've been chomping at the bit to let you all know the SFR Brigade has TWO finalists in the Sheila contest sponsored by Valley Forge Romance Writers RWA.'s the official announcement!

Sharon Lynn Fisher and Kylie Short (Kylie Griffin) each earn a point in the finals contest! Sharon finaled with SFR Shadowed (aka Ghost Planet). Kylie finaled with SFR Dark Shadows.  (Hmm, do you sense a theme here?)  But take note! Kylie also finaled with Blood Born and Circle of Shadows--two paranormal romances.  Congrats Sharon and Kylie!

The Sheila 2010 Contest Finalists!
Paranormal Final Judge: Alicia Condon, Kensington

Coordinator: Andrea Romero

Shadowed – Sharon Lynn Fisher

Bewitching the Beast – Tamara Hughes

Circle of Shadows (Book 1 of the Blood Magic series) – Kylie Short

Blood Born (Book 1 of the Light Blade series) – Kylie Short

Dark Shadows (Book 1 of the Talent series) – Kylie Short

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

We've Got Finalists!

SFR Brigade would like to congratulate members Kylie Griffin and Eden Glenn on their finals in the 2010 Winter Rose sponsored by the Yellow Rose Romance Writers.

We understand Kylie Griffin's novel is a SFR, so she has placed on the finalists standings and also earned a point. (Eden's entry was a fantasy/paranormal romance.)

The Yellow Rose Romance Writers is proud to announce the finalists in the
2010 Winter Rose Contest! Congratulations to all the finalists!

Finalists are listed in random order.

Paranormal - TIE:
A Soul For Trouble by Christa McHugh
Silent Moon by Sarina Dorie
Dragon's Mark by Eden Glenn
Dark Shadows by Kylie Griffin

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Twitter contest live

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to let you know I hit my 200 followers mark. To celebrate I'm giving away a signed galley of Beyond the Shadows. All you have to do is follow me and tweet "I want to read BEYOND THE SHADOWS by @jessgranger." I'll choose a random winner at 2:00 pm on April 7th.



Saturday, April 3, 2010

Sandy Contest Finals

Congratulations to the
2010 Sandy Writing Contest Finalists!

Fantasy / Science Fiction
Final Judge, Ginger Clark, Agent at Curtis Brown

Mourn Their Courage - Victoria Dixon (tie)
Marked - Kerri-Leigh Grady (tie)
Fairy Tales - Elizabeth Roadifer
Paradox - Isis Rushdan

I don't believe we had a Brigade member on the list, so no points to award on this one.  (Aw darn, I wanted to award our first Buffy.)  Does anyone happen to know any of these writers?

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Contest Alert: Indiana's Golden Opportunity

Indiana Romance Writers of America presents

The 20th Anniversary of


Our detailed score sheet and considerate feedback can help you fine-tune your manuscript.

**Trained first-round judges, including published authors

**Acquiring editors and agents as second- and third-round judges

**$50 for first place in each category

**The Best-of-the-Best winner is chosen from among the first-place winners in each category and will receive $100.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by June 27, 2010. For your convenience, IGO accepts only electronic entries.

ENTRY FEE: $25. Can use PayPal or mail a check.

ELIGIBILITY: Unpublished in novel-length fiction by a non-vanity publisher in the last five years (See for detailed eligibility guidelines.)

ENTRY: Beginning chapters (prologue included) and synopsis. Pages and synopsis combined not to exceed 35 double-spaced pages.

FIRST-ROUND JUDGES: Either trained judges or published authors.


Historical/Regency: Jesse Feldman, NAL

Mainstream with Strong Romantic Elements: Maureen Walters, Curtis Brown, LTD

Paranormal: Alicia Condon, Kensington

Romantic Suspense: Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks

Single Title: Latoya Smith, Grand Central Publishing

Young Adult*: Holly Root, Waxman Literary Agency

BEST-OF-THE-BEST JUDGE: Meredith Giordan, Berkley

*Young Adult does not need to be a romance.


The top entry in each category will receive $50 in cash and a certificate

The entry judged best overall will receive $100 in cash and a certificate.

Further information and contest rules are available through our IRWA Web site:

If you have any questions, you can e-mail the Contest Coordinator at:

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