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.

GRAND PRIZE: 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.

Announcement by a former winner:

“After finaling and winning the hot prospects romantic suspense category with my entry The Gilded Cuff, Lauren Plude from Grand Central made a three book offer for my series. I just wanted to extend my thanks and gratitude to your chapter for hosting the contest and bringing in such great final judges!  Thank you!” ~ Lauren Smith


$25 for Valley of the Sun RW chapter members
$30 for non-chapter members

Chapter website has PayPal capability.


  • Postmark Deadline: September 1st, 2014
  • E-Submit Deadline: Midnight, September 1st, 2014


The Hot Prospects Contest is open to any work that is not under contract and is unpublished at the time of entry.


3-5-page synopsis and up to the first 25 pages of story (30 pages max). Entry or synopsis may be shorter, but neither may be longer than specified.

Final round judges

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  • Editor—Esi Sogah, Kensington
  • Editorial Director – Angela James, Harlequin Carina Press

Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal

  • Editorial Assistant –Kristine Swartz, The Berkley Publishing Group
  • Editor—Amy Stapp, Tor /Forge

Romantic Suspense

  • Associate Editor- Lauren Plude, Grand Central Publishing
  • Editor -Tera Cuskaden, Samhain

Contemporary Long/Single Title

  • Editor at Large – Sue Grimshaw, Random House
  • Editor—Cat Clyne, Sourcebooks

For More Information, entry form, and rules, see website at For questions please email Those entries that do not final will be returned approximately October 30th, 2014 to help those who plan to enter RWA’s Golden Heart.

Lena Jakes and Lisa Heartman
Valley of the Sun Hot Prospects Co-Chairs


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