I received a biiiiiiiiig package in the mail last week. You know what THAT means. I'm the contest coordinator, and it's Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence season!
Some of the things people love about our contest are the Young Adult category, the Novella category, and the fact that romantic suspense is divided into two categories: Single Title Romantic Suspense and Series Romantic Suspense. I hope you'll enter! You can find details, past winners, and a downloadable entry form at http://www.southernmagic.org.
2007 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence
This contest was conceived in honor of Multi-RITA Winner Gayle Wilson to award excellence in published romance fiction. The contest is judged by avid readers of romance and booksellers. The winners of each category are awarded a gold bookmark engraved with the author’s name and the book’s title. Winners will also be included in a full-page RWR advertisement.
Eligibility: Participation is open to all published authors of novel length romance fiction published by an RWA-recognized publisher. Books must have a copyright of 2006; entries must be received by January 15, 2007. Electronic books may be entered provided they are presented in print book format, published through an RWA-recognized publisher and complete with copyright page produced by the publisher with print on both sides of the page.
Entry fee: RWA Members — $20 for first book; $10 for subsequent books.
Entry fee: Non-RWA Members — $30 for first book; $15 for subsequent books.
Author must provide three copies of the entered book, which will not be returned. Finalists will be notified approximately March 1, 2007. Winners will be announced on March 31, 2007, at the 2007 Romance in the Magic City Conference in Birmingham, AL. All finalists receive a certificate. Winners receive an engraved gold bookmark and inclusion in full page RWR ad. Authors may enter more than one novel; however, the same novel may not be entered in multiple categories.
Categories for entry:
Short Contemporary (Under 70,000 Words)
Long Contemporary (Over 70,000 Words)
Single Title Romantic Suspense
Series Romantic Suspense
Paranormal/Fantasy/ Futuristic/Time Travel
Contemporary Single Title
Novella (20,000 – 40,000 Words)
Judging: All entries are judged by avid readers of romance and booksellers. The top two scores are added to form the final score. Lowest score is dropped. In the event of a tie, ties are broken using the dropped low score.
Books are given to the judges as a “thank you” for judging. They are not returned. Scores and finalist placement are not revealed. Score sheets are not returned. The decision of the judges is final.
Send entries (three copies of book, entry form + entry fee) to:
P.O. Box 190032
Birmingham, AL 35219