The Heart to Heart Contest, sponsored by the San Francisco Bay Area Romance Writers, is a great conduit for professional feedback on your romance manuscript. I am a first-round judge for the Heart to Heart whenever my schedule permits, and love discovering new talent and helping aspiring authors hone their craft. Final judges are editors and agents.
Here is the scoop:
6 CONTEST CATEGORIES: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Erotic Romance, Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance, and Young Adult Romance
WHAT TO ENTER: Send us that magical scene in which your protagonists meet for the first time, maximum 15 pages. (An optional one-page set-up may be included, but will not be judged). This is the moment that really brings readers into the story and encourages them to keep reading.
Electronic submissions only — Rich Text Format (.rtf) only
Cost: $15 for SFA-RWA members, $25 for non-members
Eligibility: Open to all writers unpublished in novel or novella format as of the announcement of the Final Round Winners on November 6, 2017. Non-finalists may publish after the announcement of the First Round Finalists on October 5, 2017. Published is defined as having an ISBN and/or ASIN number on any work of novel or novella length.
Scoring: Scoring is based on 20 key areas.
Top three entries will be forwarded to the final judges.
August 31, 2017 – Deadline for submissions
October 5, 2017 – First-round finalists notification
November 6, 2017 – Final round winners announced
FIRST ROUND JUDGES: All entries will be judged by three judge volunteers. Our first round judges include RWA PRO and PAN members. Each entry is matched with at least one published author. All entrants will receive written feedback on their entry from all three judges.
FINAL JUDGES: Three in each category: one literary agent, one traditional publishing house editor, and one e-publishing editor.
TOP PRIZE: Certificate
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Please visit https://sfarwa.net/contests/.
FINAL JUDGES AND PAST WINNERS: https://sfarwa.net/contests/contest-winners/
For questions, email our contest coordinator at heart2heartcontest @ gmail . com