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!!
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Indiana Romance Writers of America presents
INDIANA'S GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY 2009
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ELIGIBILITY: Open to any author who is unpublished.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.
PRIZES IN EACH CATEGORY:
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: http://www.indianarwa.com/contest/contest.htm
If you have any questions, you can e-mail the Contest Coordinator at
GarAnne@aol.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Best of luck! We look forward to reading your entries.
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Sunday, April 19, 2009