Monday, June 27, 2016

2016 LINDA HOWARD AWARD OF EXCELLENCE - last week to enter!

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Last week left!!  Note that the contest is open to unpublished and published authors.


Important Dates
  • Must be submitted by June 30, 2016, no later than 10 p.m., Central Standard Time.
  • Finalists should be announced in August 2016.
  • Synopses will be required from finalists within 7 days of notification. Format is listed below and not to exceed 2 pages (1 page is preferred as that is what most publishing houses and agents request).
  • Winners will be announced in September 2016.
  • All work must be the author’s original work. Contest is open to unpublished and published authors. Published authors may submit only unpublished, non-contracted manuscripts that will remain unpublished until the contest has concluded.
  • Previous winners and finalists may not re-enter the same manuscript, even in edited format. They may enter another manuscript.
  • Entrants may enter as many manuscripts as they wish; however, each manuscript may be entered in only one category.
  • Failure to comply with any of the rules may disqualify the entry, resulting in a forfeit of the entry fee.
  • First 5,000 words or less of each entry. This includes prologue if applicable.
  • All entries must be submitted on the entry form (below).
The entry fee is $25 for the first entry and $20 for each entry thereafter. Payment options will be listed on the RWA website after you register (link below)

Short/Long Contemporary Romance
Manuscripts that are set from 1950 to the present that focus primarily on the romantic relationship.
Final Judges:
Single Title - Alicia Condon, Editorial Director, Kensington Publishing
Series - Pamela Harty, VP of Sales/Literary Agent, The Knight Agency

Historical Romance
Romance novels set in any historical time period, typically before 1950. Word count: 40,000 to 110,000 words
Final Judge: Patricia Nelson, Literary Agent, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Paranormal/Futuristic/Fantasy Romance
Romance novels in which the future, a fantasy world, or paranormal elements are an integral part of the plot. Word count: 90,000 to 110,000 words
Final Judge: Ansley Blacksstock, Acquisitions Editor & Author Development Liaison, Liquid Silver Books

Young Adult Romance
Manuscripts in which young adult life is an integral part of the plot.
Final Judge: Michelle Grajkowski, Literary Agent, Three Seas Literary Agency

Romantic Sensual and Sizzling
Romance-based novels that include a high element of sexual tension or sexual play. Word count: 40,000 to 110,000 words
Final Judge: Cheryl Yeko, Award Winning Author & Senior Acquisitions Editor, Soul Mate Publishing

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