Wednesday, January 21, 2009

More Contest Info.

I thought some of you might be interested in the information for OCC/RWA's 26th Annual Orange Rose Contest, so I've posted an overview of the details. As you can see from reading below, quite a few editors become involved in the final round, so it's a pretty cool contest... And it's obviously well established! :)

Good Luck!!


P.S. Oh, and please don't forget: Jennifer Lyon is holding a cyber book launch for her newest book, BLOOD MAGIC... Hop on over to her site and enter her contest to win some great prizes!!



Deadline: April 11, 2009
Enter: Synopsis and beginning of unpublished manuscript (55 pages maximum)
Categories: Contemporary Category Romance, Historical, Inspirational,
Mainstream w/Romantic Elements, Paranormal/Time Travel/Fantasy, Romantic Suspense, Erotic Romance (New!), Single Title Romance (over 70,000 words)
New: Revised score sheet for Mainstream category entries (Sample available at

Fees: OCC-RWA members - $25.00
Other RWA members - $30.00
Non-U.S. resident RWA members ONLY - electronic entry - $32.50

First round judges: 3 published authors

Top ten finalists will be announced July 11, 2009 and are chosen by their overall score, NOT by category. Finalist manuscripts are judged by two editors who acquire in the appropriate category for the finalist entry(ies) and are selected AFTER the finalists are determined. The final round editor/judges in 2008 were:

Allison Brandau, Berkley
Alicia Condon, Dorchester
Melissa Endlich, Steeple Hill
Keyren Gerlack, Luna, HQN
Alex Logan, Grand Central
Selina McLemore, Grand Central
Lindsay Nouis, NAL
Charlene Patterson, Bethany House
Danielle Poiesz, Pocket Books
Erika Tsang, Avon/Harper Collins
Adam Wilson, MIRA/HQN

Cash prizes: 1st - $100, 2nd - $75, 3rd - $50, 4th - $25

Rules and Entry Form:
Questions: Charlotte Lobb, Contest Coordinator or Linda McLaughlin,
Electronic Entries Coordinator