I took the plunge again this year and entered the 2013 Golden Heart Contest sponsored by Romance Writers of America. I've submitted a manuscript previously entered and one I'm entering for the first time.
The contest is much different for this go around. For the first time, the
entries are submitted electronically. Kudos to RWA for the appreciated change. I'm so glad there
was no need to print up multiple copies of the partial manuscripts and synopses
and burn CDs with the full manuscripts, pack them up, and then lug them to the
post office for mailing. And I'm very happy to save the postage expense.
The other major change this year is in scoring. Instead of using a single
overall score with 9 being the top score, the new scoring model requires a
judge to rate a manuscript separately on the romance, the plot/story, the
writing, and the characters with the romance having a greater weight. The total
possible score is 50.
I'm eager to see how my manuscripts do with the new scoring method.
Are you entering the Golden Heart this year? How do you feel about the new