2014 Heart to Heart Contest–Deadline August 31

The 2014 Heart to Heart Contest, sponsored by the San Francisco Area Romance Writers of America, is now open for entries. This is a great opportunity to have your work seen by agents and editors along with valuable feedback on how to improve your manuscript!

About the Contest:

The SFA-RWA chapter is pleased to announce the Heart to Heart Contest for unpublished writers.
Enter–Submit that magical scene in which your hero and heroine meet for the first time.
Win–Published authors and experienced critiquer’s will provide detailed score sheets and feedback on ALL SUBMISSIONS.
Sell–Get your story in the hands of acquiring editors and agents.

The top three finalists in each category will have their entries read by an acquiring editor or agent. The winners will be announced by SFA-RWA, and certificates will be awarded to the top winner in each category.

Category Descriptions:

CONTEMPORARY–Novels set in the present.

EROTICA–Novels in which sensuality constitutes a strong element in the romance.

HISTORICAL– Novels featuring romance in time periods other than the present. Most editors consider as historical books set prior to WWI.

PARANORMAL–Novels that mix the elements of paranormal, time travel, futuristic or fantasy.

YOUNG ADULT–Novels with a strong romantic theme geared toward the younger adult reader. These novels may contain paranormal, time travel, futuristic, or fantasy elements.

Contest Timeline:

  • August 31, 2014–Deadline for submissions (electronic only)
  • October 5, 2014–First-Round Finalists Notification
  • November 6, 2014–Final Round Winners Announced

Final Judges:


  • Chelsey Emmelhainz, Harper Collins, Print Editor
  • Emmanuelle Morgen, Stonesong, E-Pub Editor
  • Jay Austin, EIC, Agent


  • Tera Kleinfelter, Samhain, E-Pub Editor


  • Nicole Fisher, Avon, Print Editor
  • Gwen Hayes, Entangled, E-Pub Editor
  • Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, Agent


  • Leis Pederson, Berkeley, Print Editor
  • Kerri Buckley, Carina Press, E-Pub Editor
  • Tamar Rydzinski, Laura Dail Literary Agency, Agent

Young Adult

  • Natashya Wilson, HQN, Print Editor
  • Kimberly Blythe, Omnific Publishing, E-Pub Editor
  • Laurie McLean, Foreword Literary, Agent

For Eligibility, Entry Guidelines, Fees, Official Contest Rules and Entry Form, click here http://www.sfarwa.net/contests.htm


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s