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“The Perfect Pitch” 2010
Electronic entries only
Featuring second-round judging by both an editor and an agent
ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY November 1, 2010
Entries received after November 1st will be deleted unread.
Enchant us with your submission packet, and send us your query letter, synopsis (up to 7 pages), and the first five pages of your unpublished romance novel. Published authors may enter, provided they have not had a work of 40,000 words or longer published by an RWA-eligible publisher in the past three years.
Categories and final judges:
- Contemporary (includes category length books)
- Editor judge: Jhanteigh Kupihea, NAL
- Agent judge: Lois Winston, Ashley Grayson Literary Agency
- Editor judge: Tina James, Silhouette Love Inspired
- Agent judge: Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency
- Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-fi/Time Travel
- Editor judge: Margo Lipschultz, HQN/Luna
- Agent judge: Laurie McLean, Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents
TO ENTER: Please combine your query, synopsis, and manuscript pages into one document, in either Microsoft Word (.doc) or .rtf format, formatted in traditional manuscript format. Complete the online electronic entry form, once it becomes available, and indicate whether you’d like to pay with Paypal or mail us a check. Entry fee is $20.00 in US funds.
Enchanted Words scoresheet coming soon!
JUDGING: All elements of each entry will be judged by three experienced RWA members, with a judging panel made up of published and unpublished writers. The three entries in each category with the highest combined scores in the first round will be judged by an editor and an agent, whose scores will determine the first, second and third place manuscripts. In cases where an entry has a difference of 15 points or more between the highest and lowest scores in the first round, and that entry would have a chance to final with a higher score in place of the lowest, a fourth judge will review the entry and the lowest score will be dropped.
Judges are encouraged to make written comments on the query letter, synopsis and manuscript pages and score sheets. Any category with fewer than ten entries may be combined or dismissed.
AWARDS: Finalists will be notified in February, 2010. Winners will be announced in April, 2010. Winners of each category will receive $20.00. Finalists names (or pen names, if provided) and manuscript titles will be published in RWR.
RETURN OF ENTRIES: All entries and score sheets will be emailed following the announcement of finalists. Editor judges’ comments, if any, will be forwarded to finalists after the announcement of winners.
ELIGIBILITY: You must be a RWA member in good standing, not contracted or published in book-length (40,000 words or longer) romantic fiction by an RWA-eligible publisher in the last three years. A list of RWA-eligible publishers is available on the RWA National web site (requires login).
For questions, contact the Enchanted Words Contest Coordinator
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