Sunday, April 19, 2009

More Writing Contest Info.

Hi Everyone,

I've never entered this writing contest, but I've heard good things about it. And bonus! The submissions are all electronic, so less out-of-pocket money on your part. :)

Below, I've posted some of the details for Indiana's Golden Opportunity Contest 2009.

Hope this helps... And good luck!!

Take Care,


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Indiana Romance Writers of America presents

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
**Cash prizes for the three finalists in each category
**The Best of the Best winner is chosen from among the first-place winners in each category and will receive an AlphaSmart Neo

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by July 1, 2009. All submissions must be electronic (sent through e-mail).

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

ELIGIBILITY: Open to any author who is unpublished. (See web site 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: Becky Vinter, Editorial Assistant, NAL
Mainstream with Strong Romantic Elements: Paige Wheeler, Folio Literary Management
Paranormal: Kerry Donovan, Associate Editor, NAL
Romantic Suspense: Megan McKeever, Associate Editor, Pocket Books
Single Title: Latoya Smith, Editorial Assistant, Grand Central Publishing
Young Adult**: Holly Root, Agent, Waxman Literary Agency

BEST OF THE BEST JUDGE: Allison Brandau, Editorial Assistant, Berkley/Jove

*Please note we are offering new categories this year.
**Young Adult does not need to be a romance.

1st Place: $35 and certificate
2nd Place: $30 and certificate
3rd Place: $25 and certificate

BEST OF THE BEST PRIZE: A Neo by AlphaSmart and certificate.

Further information and contest rules are available through our IRWA website:

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

Best of luck! We look forward to reading your entries.

Garthia Anderson
Contest Coordinator

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