Today we’re pushing contests to help you get your work ready for publication. In our humble opinions, contests are a great way to get your manuscript out in front of editors and agents. Catherine has entered a number of contests as a solo author and we’ve even dipped our toes into the contest pool as coauthors. Even if you don’t win a contest, or place in it, you usually get feedback which is always helpful. Fresh eyes and virgin readers see the weak spots in your manuscript and notice things you and your critique partners missed.
Here are three contests for romance writers that are open right now:
- The Heart of Denver Romance Writers The Molly. Deadline May 31, 2013. First pages, up to 30, of your manuscript plus up to 5 (unjudged) pages of your synopsis. First round judges; published and unpublished authors. Final round judges; editor, agent, or publisher. For more information go to http://www.hodrw.com/contests/
- Northwest Houston RWA Annual Lone Star Writing Competition. Deadline June 8, 2013. First 25 pages, Electronic entries only. First round judges; two published authors and one unpublished. Final judges: a panel of three romance industry professional. For more information go to http://www.nwhrwa.com
- New Jersey Romance Writers Put Your Heart in a Book. Open June 1, 2013 to July 1, 2013. Synopsis and first chapter/prologue, 30 pages maximum. First round judges; published authors. Final judges: one each in category, agent, editor and multi-published author. For more information visit http://www.njromancewriters.org or email PYHIAB@njromancewriters.org
If you’ve got your book ready, or even the first few chapters, why not take the plunge and send it in to a contest? Some contests don’t even require that your book be finished. But be aware that, if it’s good, an editor or agent might want to see the whole thing. It happened to Catherine as a solo author. Fortunately, she was prepared.
Have you entered your books in any contests? Did you place, win, or just get some good feedback?