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Contest for Aspiring Romance Writers

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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.

DETAILS:

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Eligibility: Open to all writers unpublished in novel or novella format as of the announcement of the Final Round Winners on November 6, 2017.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.

DATES:

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

Second Chances: A Romance Writers of America Collection

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I invite you to join me on Facebook Live for an exciting launch event for 

Second Chances.

 Second Chances’ authors: J. Kenner, Christina Lauren, Alyssa Day, Rachel Hauck, Liliana Hart, Marilyn Brant, Kerri Carpenter, CiCi Coughlin, Cassandra Dean, Tina Ferraro, Renee Luke, Ariella Moon, Brandi Willis Schreiber, Lizzie Shane, Sharon Sobel, Damon Suede, and Tara Wyatt

Release date: September 12, 2017, available now for preorder

Do you believe in second chances? 

Romance Writers of America® brings together seventeen of today’s hottest authors in an anthology of never-before-published tales that reveal true love always deserves a happy ending. With characters who find love through tough situations, in elegant 1800s ballrooms, with an old friend who shows up when least expected, at a tender age when cliques and homework get in the way of relationships, or after a random encounter in an unlikely setting, Second Chances delivers romance to strike every reader’s fancy.

5 Elements to Include When Your Hero and Heroine First Meet

When writing romance, the first scene in which your hero and heroine meet is crucial. It should contain:

  1. Chemistry. Regardless of the heat level of your story, there should be a visceral response when the hero and heroine first meet.
  2. Timing. The meet should occur within the first couple chapters. I break this rule in my upcoming YA novel, Spell Fire, Book 3, The Teen Wytche Saga. Why? Because it is a book with romantic elements, not a romance. (Nevertheless, I fear a backlash from my readers.)
  3. Emotion. Emotions engage the reader. Show why these two characters are destined to be together. Give the reader compelling reasons to root for the romance to succeed.
  4. Obstacles. What factors stand between the hero and heroine getting their happy ending?
  5. Specifics. Words like “handsome” and “beautiful” are too general, and mean different things to different people.

To read the initial scene between Aidan and Salem from my second novel, Spell Struck, please visit Jennifer Rae Gravely’s blog. http://jenniferraegravely.blogspot.com/

Jennifer is the author of Knight of the Dead. 

Happy reading!

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