Sunday, November 2, 2008

Contest Season

Romance Writers of America and the multitude of RWA chapters throughout North America offer a myriad of contests all throughout the year. Any genre, style and length are available to the published and unpublished writer.

Right now the national RWA organization is accepting applications and payment for their annual RITA and GOLDEN HEART contests.

The RITA is open to any published writer who had a book copyrighted in the year 2008. For more detailed information check out the RWA website.

The GOLDEN HEART contest is open to any unpublished writer with a completed manuscript who hasn't contracted with a publisher as of the application deadline.
The cost is $50.00 and the deadline to get your application and money in to the national RWA headquarters is: November 17th, 2008! (December 1st for RITA entrants)
Time to get busy.

This is a fiction romance writing contest and the categories are as follows:

Contemporary Series Romance
Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure
Contemporary Single Title Romance
Historical Romance
Inspirational Romance
Novel with Strong Romantic Elements
Paranormal Romance
Regency Historical Romance
Romantic Suspense
Young Adult Romance

The RITA includes two additional categories:

Best First Book
Romance Novella

For details and official guidelines go to the RWA website.

There are usually over 1000 entries for each the GOLDEN HEART and RITA contests. The competition is tough, but can be rewarding if one makes it to the finalists round.
The winners are announced at an awards ceremony held during the national RWA annual conference. Next summer the conference will be held in Washington DC! Fun.

Good luck to anyone entering the GOLDEN HEART and RITA contests!


Dell Smith said...

Contests are another great way of getting your stuff out there and noticed. If you enter Cyn, good luck.

Cynthia Sherrick said...

Thanks for your comment, Dell. It looks positive for me entering the Golden Heart. :)

Vicki said...

This is my first year to enter the GH. In fact I entered the first day it was available. :) Now, I've got to mail out the entry this week or next, all six copies and CD.

Good luck on your entry Cynthia!!

Cynthia Sherrick said...

And good luck to you, too, Vicki! :)