Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Emily Contest for Unpublished Romance is NOW OPEN!


My local chapter of Romance Writers of America is having their annual writing contest for unpublished works. This is an incredibly popular contest because, historically, there has been a high number of requests for full manuscripts by the agents and editors that do the final round judging on this contest. "The mission of the Emily Contest is to professionally support writers and guide them along their path to publication."

If you have never entered your work in a contest before, I highly recommend doing so. It is a wonderful way to get some feedback from other writers, who have been trained in doing thorough and kind (i.e. truthful, helpful, but not mean and nasty) critiques of your work in progress. I entered this one and quite a few others when I was very green and just learning how to tell a story. I got SO much good advice on the first few chapters of Highland Vengeance back in 2007 and, I think, 2008, when I was still doing revisions on the story.

Click HERE for the Contest Rules.

Here are the categories and final round judges:

Contemporary – Long includes romance novels of 70,000 words or more, with a more complex plot (including sub-plot) set in contemporary times, in which the romance is the main plot line.
Finalist Judges:

♥ Editor: Danielle Marshall, Amazon / Lake Union Publishing

♥ Agent: Paige Wheeler, Creative Media Agency, Inc.

Contemporary – Short includes romance novels of between 40,000 and 70,000 words that fall within more specific category lines, set in contemporary times, in which the romance is the main plotline. These novels normally have only two points of view, that of the hero and heroine, and a more focused plot line.
Finalist Judges:

♥ Editor: Brenda Chin, Entangled Publishing LLC

♥ Agent: Carrie Pestritto , Prospect Agency

Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal includes romance novels in which paranormal elements constitute an integral part of the plot.
Finalist Judges:

♥ Editor: Angela James, Harlequin Enterprises

♥ Agent: Moe Ferrara, BookEnds Literary Agency

Historical Romance includes romance novels set prior to 1950.
Finalist Judges:

♥ Editor: Janet Clementz, Soul Mate Publishing

♥ Agent: Patricia Nelson , Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Romantic Suspense includes romance novels in which the romance is the main focus but is integrated with suspense, mystery, or thriller elements.
Finalist Judges:

♥ Editor: Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks

♥ Agent: Elaine Spencer, The Knight Agency

Young Adult includes romance and non-romance novels geared toward readers 12 – 17, and feature protagonists of the same age group.
Finalist Judges:

♥ Editor: Alice Jerman, Harper Collins

♥ Agent: Tricia Skinner, Fuse Literary

Best of the Best is a competition between the first place winners of each category. The winner will receive $100.
Best of the Best Judge:

♥ 2016 RWA Steffie Walker Bookseller of the Year: Anna Brown, Katy Budget Books
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Contest is open until midnight on October 2, 2016. ENTER NOW

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