From the Heart Romance Writers [FTHRW] is pleased to announce the 2012 Golden Gateway contest for unpublished and published writers is open for entries. Don't delay! Get your entry in early.
Deadline: Sunday, September 2, 2012
Enter the first 50 pages of your unpublished manuscript plus an up to 5-page synopsis.
Categories & Final Round Judges
Unpublished Golden Gateway:
Long/Short Contemporary Series Romance - Rachel Burkot, Love Inspired
Single Title Romance - Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks
Mainstream Fiction with Romantic Elements - Katherine Pelz, Berkley Editorial
Historical Romance - Erika Tsang, Avon Books
Romantic Suspense - Latoya Smith, Grand Central Publishing
Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Time Travel Romance - Liz Pelletier, Entangled Publishing LLC
Published Golden Gateway:
All genres and length of manuscript may be entered and will be judged together, alongside entries of other genres. Final-round judges will consist of a panel of industry professionals, including:
Laura Barth, Harlequin Heartwarming
Tessa Woodward, HarperCollins/Avon
Michelle Grajkowski, 3 Seas Literary Agency
The entry fee for FTHRW members is $20. For all other RWA members who are not members of FTHRW the entry fee is $25, and for all non-RWA members is $30.
For all RWA Members who would like to also join FTHRW, send $45 for membership and the contest at the same time ($25 membership fee + $20 contest fee = $45) and enjoy the many member benefits.
UNPUBLISHED: First Place in each category will receive a plaque and choice of a free FTHRW contest entry fee or a year's worth of FTHRW dues. Second Place in each category will receive an e-certificate and choice of FTHRW dues paid or a free FTHRW contest entry. Third, Fourth, and Fifth Place in each category will receive e-certificates.
In addition, a Grand Prize of $100 will be given to the highest overall scorer based on first round judging.
PUBLISHED: First Place will receive a plaque and the choice of $100 in cash, or $200 put toward a future writing conference of the entrant's choice. Second through Fifth place will receive e-certificates and logos celebrating their placement.
Complete contest rules for unpublished and published divisions are available at http://fthrw.com/contest/goldengateway/
Good luck to everyone!
2012 Golden Gateway Contest Coordinator