Starting March 5, the Valley Forge Romance Writers is accepting submissions to their The Sheila Contest.
Participation is open to all romance writers (unpublished, self-published and published) interesting in submitting an unpublished manuscript in the following categories: historical, erotic, romantic suspense, single title or paranormal/fantasy/futuristic.
Entrants enjoy two benefits. During the scoring process, judges provide beneficial feedback regarding 20 writing elements (dialogue, descriptions, grammar, etc.). Many past applicants have used these insights to improve–and subsequently find a publisher for–their story.
Top scoring manuscripts are judged by a professional agent or editor, and the winners receive a certificate and have their names published in RWR magazine
It’s a great deal, so get moving! The deadline is April 8, 2017.
Opens for Entries: March 5, 2017
Deadline: April 8, 2017
Eligibility: Participation is open to all romance writers who are unpublished, self-published, and published. Entry must be the author’s original unpublished work and not under contract.
Entry: First 20 pages of manuscript and up to 5 page unjudged synopsis.
First Round Judges: Three (3) qualified, trained judges, including General, PRO and PAN members. Judges are strongly encouraged to comment directly on the entry as well as overall comments on the scoresheets.
Categories and Final Judges:
- Single Title: Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
- Historical: Keren Reed, Loose ID
- Erotic: Tera Cuskaden, Cuskaden Editorial and Publishing Services
- Romantic Suspense: Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks
- Fantasy/Futuristic/Paranormal: Nicole Resciniti, The Seymour Agency.
Best of the Best – 1st place winners from the final round will move on to the Best of the Best round, judged by Best Selling Authors and Booksellers:
- Kate Welsh – New York Times & USA Today Best Selling Author
- Mariah Stewart – New York Times & USA Today Best Selling Author
- Terri Brisbin – USA Today Best Selling Author
- Joan Silvestro – Indie Bookseller – Book Trader
Grand Prize for Best of the Best: $100
Top Prizes: Certificates, and the 1st through 4th place winners will be printed in RWR Magazine.
For more information please visit our website: www.vfrw.com
Email questions to The Sheila Chairperson, Miranda Montrose at firstname.lastname@example.org