The Catherine - Romance Writing Contest

Friday, June 01, 2012 12:38 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
The Catherine 2012 Toronto Romance Writers Contest 

Three weeks left to enter! Get your entry ready!

Deadline: June 1, 2012    Electronic entries only 

Entry includes: The first pages of your novel-length manuscript plus a synopsis. Up to 30 pages combined. 

Eligibility: The Catherine is open to all unpublished writers (whether or not a member of RWA) and any member of RWA who is not eligible to join RWA-PAN. Entry must be uncontracted, unpublished as of entry date. 

First round judging: Each entry will be judged by three writers; the lowest score will be dropped. 

Categories and Final Round Judges: Contemporary Series – Wanda Ottewell, Harlequin Contemporary Single Title – Leonore Waldrip, HQN Historical – Katherine Pelz, Berkley Paranormal, Fantasy, Futuristic – Esi Sogah, Avon Romantic Suspense – Leis Pederson, Berkley Strong Romantic Elements – Kathleen Gilligan, St. Martin's Young Adult – Karen Chaplin, HarperCollins Children's Books 

Gold Ticket Grand Prize: The top entry in each category is entered into Gold Ticket round to be judged by Kristin Nelson, Nelson Literary Agency. The Gold Ticket winner receives a three-chapter critique by New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong. 

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Happy writing and entering!