Saturday, September 19, 2015

Contest Information from the Southwest Florida Romance Writers

Dear readers, I'm always happy to post information for Writers Contests.
Note, on this contest you do NOT need to be a member of RWA to enter.

Here is information on the SWFRW (Southwest Florida Romance Writers) annual Joyce Henderson Contest for unpublished authors, indie authors, and traditionally published authors who have not published within the last five years. Entrants need not be Romance Writers of America members. We have had several manuscripts sold through our contests.

The fifteen contest finalists (three each from the five categories) will have an opportunity for their story to be put in front of top industry editors and agents.

The categories and final judges:

Contemporary (including Women’s Fiction)
Dawn Dowdle, Literary Agent for Blue Ridge Literary Agency.

Isabel Farhi, Editor at Penguin/Random House Publishing.

Paranormal/Science Fiction/Fantasy
Susan Brower, Agent for Natasha Kern Literary Agency.

Young Adult
Lee Lawless, Editor for Tor/Forge Publishing.

Romantic Suspense
Junessa Viloria, Editor for Random House Publishing.

Submissions: The first twenty pages of an unpublished manuscript which is a romance or features romantic elements, including a one page synopsis that will not be judged. This manuscript should have all rights available.

Deadline: Entries must be submitted and payment received by 11:59 pm on October 1, 2015.

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