Sunday, July 27, 2014

Writing Contest




2014 Hot Prospects Contest

2014 Hot Prospects Contest
Sponsor: Valley of the Sun Romance Writers


Looking to sign your first book contract, switch from a small press to a large publisher or simply explore another genre of romantic fiction? Turn up the heat on your writing career with the Hot Prospects Contest.
PRIZES
Grand Prize Winner
  • The grand prize winner of the contest will have their entire manuscript (400 pages, Courier, 12pt, Double spaced) reviewed by two professional editors at Novel Needs http://novelneeds.com
Finalists
  • All finalists in each category will receive a certificate, a graphic for their website and an acknowledgement in the Romance Writers Report. Approximate date of winner notification is December 15th, 2014.
ENTRY FEE
Valley of the Sun RW Members
  • $25
Non-Chapter Members
  • $30
Payment Options
Refunds
  • Valley of the Sun RW reserves the right to return all entries and fees if the minimum entry number for each category (5) is not received. Entrants will be contracted to see if they wish to place their entry in another category before entries are returned.
DEADLINE INFORMATION
Postmark Deadline: September 1st, 2014
E-Submit Deadline: September 1st, 2014
ELIGIBILITY
The Hot Prospects Contest is open to any work uncontracted and unpublished at the time of entry.
CATEGORIES / JUDGES
Trained judges for preliminary round, Editors for final round.
Single Title Contemporary-
Romantic novels released as individual titles, not usually part of a series. Projected word count: over 70,000 words.
  • Editor – Sue Grimshaw, Random House
  • Assistant Editor – Cat Clyne, Sourcebooks, Inc
Romantic Suspense-
a suspense/mystery/thriller plot is integrated within a romantic novel. Projected word count: over 70,000 words.
  • Editor – Associate Editor- Lauren Plude, Grand Central Publishing
  • Editor -Tera Cuskaden, Samhain
Historical/Regency-
Romantic novels set in a time period prior to 1945. Projected word count: over 70,000 words.
  • Senior Editor – Esi Sogah, Kensington
Fantasy/Futuristic/Paranormal-
futuristic, fantasy, or paranormal elements are integrated within the love story. Projected word count: over 70,000 words.
  • Editor – Editorial Assistant –Kristine Swartz, The Berkley Publishing Group
  • Editor – Amy Stapp, Tor /Forge
Those entries that do not final will be returned approximately October 30th, 2014 to help those who plan to enter RWA’s Golden Heart.
ENTRY CONTENTS
Synopsis
  • Your synopsis should be between 3-5 pages.
Manuscript
  • Up to 25 pages of your manuscript.
Total Submission
  • Entry should be 30 pages max.  Entry or synopsis may be shorter, but neither may be longer than specified.

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