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June 2015  



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Golden Palm Contest now accepting entries 

The Golden Palm Contest, sponsored by Florida Romance Writers, is accepting entries until August 15, 2015.

The contest offers the opportunity to get feedback, and a chance to get your work in front of leading industry pros. The competition is open to non-published and published authors.

Categories and final judges


  • Editor: Leah Hultenschmidt, Grand Central Publishing
  • Editor: Cat Clyne, Sourcebooks
  • Agent: Beth Campbell, Bookends


  • Editor: Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks
  • Agent: Jordy Alberts, Booker Alberts Literary Agency
  • Agent: Dawn Dowdle, Blue Ridge Literary Agency

Young Adult/ New Adult:

  • Editor: Lauren Smulski, Harlequin Teen (Young Adult)
  • Agent: Mandy Hubbard, D4EO Literary Agency
  • Agent: Laura Zats, Red Sofa Literary Agency
  • Editor: Mary Altman (New Adult)

Paranormal Category:

  • Editor: Peter Senftleben, Kensington Publishing
  • Agent: Nalini Akolekar, Spencerhill Associates
  • Editor: Angela James, Carina Press

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Launch of the SaveAs Writers Poetry and Short Story Competition, "Writing the City"

SaveAs Writers have just launched their themed competition as part of the Canterbury Festival with their biggest ever prizes.

 The competition invites poems and short stories with a strong sense of city as a setting. Poems can be up to 40 lines and short stories up to 2,000 words.

There is an entry fee of £3 per poem or £4 per story, with prizes on offer of £100; £50; and £25. The competition is open until 31 August 2015.

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Robert and Adele Schiff Awards in Poetry and Prose

The Cincinnati Review is now accepting entries for the 2015 Robert and Adele Schiff Awards in Poetry and Prose. One winning poem and one prose piece (fiction or creative nonfiction) will be chosen for publication in the 2016 prize issue, and winning authors will receive $1,000 each. All entries will be considered for publication in The Cincinnati Review.

Writers may submit up to 8 pages of poetry or 40 pages of prose (consisting of a single story, essay, or linked microfictions), per entry. Previously published manuscripts, including works that have appeared online (in any form), will not be considered. There are no restrictions as to form, style, or content. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable under the condition that notification is given if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

Entry fee is $20, which includes a one-year subscription to The Cincinnati Review. All entries will receive equal consideration. And every time you enter, you receive a year’s subscription... so if you enter three times, you are a subscriber for three years, and so on. Note: You have the option of giving any of your subscriptions as gifts to delightfully lit-hungry significant others.

Entrants will be notified October 1 on the website, and the winning pieces will be published in the Summer 2016 issue.

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Crime and Publishment Crime Writing Courses

To help all the budding crime writers out there, Crime and Publishment is set to return at the end of February 2016.

The line-up of speakers includes David Thomas (Tom Cain), Alexandra Sokoloff, Matt Hilton and Sara Hunt of Saraband Books.

2016 programme

Tutors will be demonstrating ways in which crime writers can:

  • Use Fact in Fiction
  • Structure their Story
  • Write authentic fight scenes
  • Make that perfect Pitch
  • Networking for Authors

Booking details

If you'd like to book a place on Crime and Publishment 2016 or would like more information, Graham Smith can be contacted on +44 (0) 1461 800344 or

Crime and Publishment 2016 will be the 26th–28th of February and will take place at The Mill Forge near Gretna Green.

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Put Your Heart In A Book Contest

The Put Your Heart In A Book Contest is accepting electronic entries of romance fiction until July 1, 2015. The entry fee is $35, or $25 for NJRW members.

Submissions should be unpublished or not published in the last five years, and fall into one of the following categories:

  • Contemporary Series: Category Romance, 40,000 word minimum romances set in the present day.
  • Single Title Contemporary Romances: Set in present day, 40,000 words minimum.
  • Historical: Single Title and Category Romances set before 1945. Includes Regency romances. 40,000 word minimum.
  • Paranormal: Fantasy, futuristic, paranormal and FFP romantic suspense, 40,000 word minimum.
  • Young Adult Romance: Novels with a strong romantic theme geared toward young adult readers. 40,000 word minimum.
  • Romantic Suspense: A work of fiction in which a romance plays a significant part in the story, but other themes or elements take the plot beyond the traditional romance boundaries. 40,000 word minimum.

To enter, submit the opening chapter of your manuscript, along with a synopsis not to exceed five (5) pages. Submission should not exceed thirty (30) pages total, including text and synopsis.

Prizes Awarded in each category:

  • 1st Place: $50 + plaque
  • 2nd Place: $35 + certificate
  • 3rd Place: $25 + certificate

Final Round Judges Include an agent, editor and multi-published author will judge the final entries.



  • Agent: Liza Dawson, Liza Dawson Associates
  • Editor: Esi Sogah, Kensington Books
  • Author: Julia Quinn

Romantic Suspense:

  • Agent: Eric Ruben, The Ruben Agency
  • Editor: Patience Bloom, Harlequin
  • Author: Ruth A. Casie

Contemporary Series:

  • Agent: Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyons Agency
  • Editor: Gabrielle Keck, Avon Books
  • Author: Mary Behre

Contemporary Single Title:

  • Agent: Stephany Evans, FinePrint Literary Management
  • Editor: Susan Litman, Harlequin
  • Author: Falguni Kothari


  • Agent: Michelle Johnson, Inklings Literary Agency
  • Editor: Renee Rocco, Lyrical Press/Kensington Books
  • Author: Kerrelyn Sparks

Young Adult:

  • Agent: Michelle Grajkowski, 3 Seas Literary Agency
  • Editor: Rachel Burkot, Harlequin
  • Author: Beth Ciotta

Contest Timetable: Final rankings will be announced and prizes awarded at NJRW Conference (October 16-17, 2015). You need not be present to win.

Payment should be made via PayPal to Questions about the contest can be sent to Katherine Givens, 2015 PYHIAB Contest Chair, at

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Killer Fiction – Crime and thriller writing competition and conference

Writers & Artists has announced a new competition dedicated exclusively to crime and thriller writing, and a new crime and thriller fiction writing conference.

For the competition, authors or are invited to submit up to the first 2,000 words of their crime/thriller fiction manuscript. Manuscripts may be finished or incomplete. The competition will be judged by literary agent Diana Beaumont, and entrants will receive expert feedback on their submissions.

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The conference will take place on Saturday 19 September 2015, and will be presented by award-winning authors, leading literary agents and creative writing tutors.

This day, consisting of an agent panel in the morning and a series of interactive, intensive workshops in the afternoon, aims to leave writers equipped with the techniques and tools they need to craft a manuscript that will keep readers immersed until the very last page (and after).

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Masters Review Short Story Award for New Writers

The Masters Review Short Story Award for New Writers is open till July 15 and will pay $2,000 and publication to the best short story. Second and third place stories will be paid $200 and $100 respectively and considered for publication. No guidelines. Just your best writing under 6,000 words. If you haven’t published a novel, you qualify.


All winning stories reviewed by Curtis Brown, Ltd. Literary Agency for consideration. 

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25th Annual Indiana’s Golden Opportunity Contest

Time is running out to enter the 25th Annual Indiana’s Golden Opportunity Contest (IGO), which closes on July 1.

The competition offers feedback from trained judges, with track changes throughout manuscript, and in-depth scoring-sheets to better educate writers.

Two acquiring editors judge category finalists. In 2014, seven entries had requests from editors to see full manuscripts.

Fee: $35.00

Enter: First 55 pages (including synopsis). All entries must be submitted electronically as .doc files.

Eligibility: Contest is open to any unpublished author in novel- or novella-length fiction by a non-vanity/subsidy publisher. Published authors who have not been contracted for publication (by RWA publishing standards) in the past three (3) years (2012 to present) are also eligible to enter.

Final Judges: Offering two editor judges (One Traditional and One ePub when possible) for all category finalists.

Contemporary Romance:

  • (T) Latoya Smith - Samhain Publishing
  • (E) Heather Howland - Entangled Publishing

Erotic Romance:

  • (T) Allison Janice – Berkley Publishing Group
  • (E) Michele Paulin - Resplendence Publishing

Historical Romance:

  • (T) Laura Fazio – NAL at Penguin Group
  • (E) Erin Molta - Entangled Publishing

Inspirational Romance:

  • (T) Shana Asaro – Harlequin Love Inspired
  • (E) Becky Philpott – HarperCollins Christian Publishing

Paranormal Romance:

  • (T) Kristine Swartz – Berkley Publishing Group
  • (E) Angela James – Carina Press, Harlequin

Romantic Suspense Romance:

  • (T) Patience Bloom – Harlequin Books
  • (E) Deb Nemeth – Carina Press

Young Adult Romance:

  • (T) Lauren Smulski - Harlequin
  • (E) StephanieTaylor – Astraea Press

Best of the Best:

  • Katherine Pelz - Berkley Publishing Group
  • Two lucky entries will be selected to win critiques from editors
  • Mallory Braus – Freelance Editor
  • Lani Diane Rich – NYT best selling author and story expert

Category Winners Prize: $50 and certificate.

Best of the Best Prize: A special keepsake award

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The 2015 Heart To Heart Contest

The Heart To Heart Contest is opened to all unpublished romance writers who are looking for an opportunity to have their work read by experienced writers and published authors. Show off your “cute meet” moment in your manuscript, and receive personalised feedback on your scene. The top three finalists in each category will have their manuscripts read by one literary agent, one traditional publishing house edit, and one e-publishing editor.

CONTEST CATEGORIES: Contemporary, Erotic, Historical, Paranormal, and Young Adult.

WHAT TO ENTER: Send that magical scene in which your hero and heroine meet for the first time, maximum 15 pages. (An optional one-page set-up may be included, but will not be judged). This is the moment that really brings readers into the story and encourages them to keep reading.

EElectronic submissions only -- Rich Text Format (.rtf) only.

Cost: $15 for SFA-RWA members, $25 for non-members.p class="paratext"> Eligibility: Open to all writers unpublished by an RWA-approved publisher as of the entry deadline.

Scoring: Scoring is based on 20 key areas. First round entries receive three scores averaged together.

Top three entries will be forwarded to the final judges.


  • August 31, 2015 – Deadline for submissions
  • October 5, 2015 – First-round finalists notification
  • November 6, 2015 – Final round winners announced

FIRST ROUND JUDGES: All entries will be judged by three judge volunteers. Our first round judges include RWA PRO and PAN members. Each entry is matched with at least one published author. All entrants will receive written feedback on their entry from all three judges.

FINAL JUDGES: Three in each category: one literary agent, one traditional publishing house editor, and one e-publishing editor.

TOP PRIZE: Certificate.



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Wild Atlantic Words poetry festival and competitions

The Wild Atlantic Words poetry festival, featuring readings, workshops, a reading competition, children’s workshop, and open mic will run from the 5th to the 6th of September, 2015, in Castletownbere, County Cork.

There is also a poetry competition closing 19 July 2015, to be judged by Breda Wall Ryan. The first prize is €500 and all commended entries will be published. Additional competitions are offered for children.

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Sequestrum 2015 New Writer Awards

Sequestrum has announced its New Writer Awards, in which over $500 will be awarded to up-and-coming writers and poets. The contest will accept both prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry submissions, with first-prize winners selected in each genre. The entry fee is $15, and the competition has a tentative end date of 15 November 2015. Fiction and nonfiction entries up to 10,000 words accepted. Poetry: Up to to three pieces per submission. Most Sequestrum poems average under 40 lines.

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Maine Review’s 2015 Rocky Coast contest

The submission period for the Maine Review’s 2015 Rocky Coast contest is now open. All writers and all genres are eligible for prizes and possible publication.

The contest will be judged by award-winning poet and novelist, Carol Smallwood. Carol has written more than four dozen books, has received multiple Pushcart nominations, and appears in Who’s Who in America, Contemporary Authors, and Who’s Who in the World.


  • Grand Prizes: $100 for best prose piece and $100 for best poem.
  • One runner-up in each category will receive free editing of a prose piece or poem under 4,000 words from Mainly Words Editing. Mainly Words also offers a 10% discount to writers who mention the Maine Review.
  • The names of all writers who submit their work to the contest will be entered into a drawing for a free gift subscription to The Writer Magazine, which has been providing informative, instructive, and motivational how-to articles and profiles to writers of all levels since 1887.
  • All Honorable Mention Winners will receive a free 1-year electronic subscription to the Review.

The deadline for submission is 30 June 2015. Entry fee is $10 per entry of one prose piece or three poems. A list of previous contest winners can be found on the website at

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