2014 Stiletto Contest–Entries Due September 5

Sponsored by the Contemporary Romance Writers chapter of Romance Writers of America, the 2014 Stiletto Contest has opened & there are great categories for all your contemporary romance manuscripts (whether you’re published or unpublished)

Entries Due by September 5, 2014

Questions?

Contact Contest Coordinator, Lisa Siefert at lisalisalisalisalisa (at) gmail (dot) com.

CATEGORIES AND FINAL JUDGES:

Single Title Contemporary Romance (70,000 words and up)

  • A love story set in the contemporary/modern world in which the romance is the main focus of the novel and it has an optimistic or happy ending.
  • Final Judge: Amanda Bergeron, Editor, Avon Romance

Single Title Contemporary Erotic Romance (70,000 words and up)

  • A love story set in the contemporary/modern world in which sexual situations and the sexual relationship of the characters is fundamental to plot and characterization. May use explicit language and contain graphic descriptions. The erotic romance is the main focus of the novel and it has an optimistic or happy ending.
  • Final Judge: Christa Desir, Editor, Samhain Publishing

Short Contemporary Romance (40,000 – 70,000 words)

  • A shorter love story set in the contemporary/modern world in which the romance is the main focus of the novel and it has an optimistic or happy ending.
  • Final Judge: Alethea Spiridon Hopson, Editorial Director of Indulgence, Entangled

Contemporary Novel with Strong Romantic Elements (60,000 words and up)

  • A story set in the contemporary/modern world that includes romantic elements (situations, relationships, etc.) but in which the romance does not have to be the main focus of the novel. Examples of possibly relevant story types include but are not limited to women’s fiction, chick lit, contemporary fiction, etc.
  • Final Judge: Allison Carroll, Editor, Harlequin HQN

Young Adult Contemporary Romance (50,000 words and up)*

  • A love story set in the contemporary/modern world in which a romance between adolescents is the main focus of the novel and it has an optimistic or happy ending.
  • Final Judge: Margo Lipschultz, Editor, Harlequin Teen

Young Adult Contemporary Novel with Romantic Elements (50,000 words and up)*

  • A story set in the contemporary/modern world centered around adolescent characters that includes romantic elements (situations, relationships, etc.) but in which the romance does not have to be the main focus of the novel.
  • Final Judge: Elizabeth Poteet, Assistant Editor, St. Martin’s Press

New Adult Contemporary Romance (70,000 words and up)

  • A love story set in the contemporary/modern world in which a romance usually involving at least one college-aged character (i.e., 18-24) is the main focus of the novel and it has an optimistic or happy ending.
  • Final Judge: Nicole Fischer, Editor, William Morrow Books

ELIGIBILITY:

All authors, regardless of publishing status, are welcome to enter this contest. All authors must be at least 18 years of age.

Submitted manuscripts must be new, original works of fiction that have not been published, self-published, or contracted to be published. Manuscripts must meet the word count minimums, as described in the corresponding Category section.

Authors may enter as many manuscripts as they choose, but each manuscript may be entered in only one category.

Each category must have a minimum of 10 entries to remain a part of this contest. RWA-CRW reserves the right to close a category if we receive less than 10 entries or more than 50 entries in that category.

About Contemporary Romance Writers Chapter of RWA

The Contemporary Romance Writers group is a place where you can mingle with other authors who understand you, your voice, and this popular sub-genre romantic.

Unlike other RWA chapters, CRW-RWA is not about location. Members network with people from every walk of life, all over the world. From all 50 states, from Europe, Australia, Asia, Canada. CRW-RWA is Black, White, Asian and Hispanic. CRW-RWA creates a global, online community of writers who share the same interest–writing and publishing Contemporary Romance. There are no limitations to its discussions, information sharing, support and growth in its genre.

CRW’s Mission:

  • To educate contemporary romantic fiction writers at all stages of their careers – offering valuable resources, craft advice, and timely industry news.
  • To promote the Contemporary Romance genre and other forms of contemporary romantic fiction to the world via blog articles, interviews, and programming.
  • To provide professional networking opportunities for all members–published or not.
  • To provide social and moral support to those who choose to write contemporary romantic fiction.

 

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