HeRA will be holding an open critique session for the July Program. Bring your manuscripts for feedback!
Claire Ashgrove has been contracted for her first Regency Historical Romance.
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HeRA's Annual Contest is open to published and unpublished authors alike. It is held in the fall of every year, just in time for entrants to receive scores and polish entries for the Golden Heart. All submissions are electronic only.
Each entry is judged by three first-round judges. Our first round judges are trained within the chapter based on previously-published RWA documentation, and are experienced authors. Our published authors and our free-lance editors also contribute to the first-round judging.
Final round judges are always professionals within the industry, ie: literary agents and / or acquiring editors.
Entries for the 2014 Show Me the Spark! Contest OPEN IN AUGUST!
|August 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014, midnight CST|
Published and unpublished authors. Work must not be contracted in any form. If Work becomes contracted before October 1, 2014, entrant must withdraw Work. Entrants do not need to be members of RWA.
|RWA Member Fee: $20.00|
|Non-Member Fee: $25.00|
|Entrants may enter as many categories as desired, but each specific work may only be entered in one category.|
|Submission Length & Formatting:|
First Chapter (including prologue); maximum of 3,500 words. Must be formatted in Times New Roman, 25 lines per page. Word count will be verified. File type required is .doc or .rtf
|Categories Accepted:||Final Round Judges:|
|Contemporary||Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency|
|Erotic Romance||Leis Pederson, Berkley Publishing|
|Historical||Julie Mianecki, Berkley Publishing|
|Inspirational||Raela Schoenherr, Bethany House Publishing|
|Paranormal / Fantasy / Sci-Fi||Dana Hamilton, Harlequin|
|Young Adult / New Adult||Nicole Resciniti, Seymour Agency|
|First Round Judging Begins:||September 1, 2014|
|Finalists Announced:||October 1, 2014|
|Final Scores Announced:||November 3, 2014|
Each category will advance finalists to the final round judges. To Qualify as a finalist, the entry must be scored within the top five after the end of first round judging, and receive 85% of the total points possible. Entries not meeting both requirements will not advance to final round judging.
|To Enter :|
Entrants will be contacted by HeRA when the entry is received, and again when the payment has been received.
Download Full Contest Rules (Word Document)
Download Sample Judging Sheet (Word Document)
Download Entry Cover Sheet (Word Document)
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