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Monday, May 4, 2009


We have contests today.

There's still time for this one! From Query Tracker's blog. Deadline May 5th.

Can You Query A Tune? Query Contest

1. The contest will run for one week.
Submissions will be accepted until 9 am EST on 5-5-09
2. Your song should include at least one verse and a chorus.
3. An actual tune is optional (but STRONGLY encouraged)
4. Parodies are totally cool with me, so you can just say "To the tune of ___".
5. Since this is not an agent contest, query songs for unfinished (or completely imaginary) manuscripts are acceptable.

Post your query lyrics as a comment on this thread. If you have an actual tune of your own, you can upload it to or similar and include the link. And I wouldn't discourage any youtube performances, either.

Go to Query Tracker for more info.


Cleveland Rocks Romance Contest

We’re now paperless—entries and responses all electronic.

Deadline: June 1st, 2009

All entrants receive first-round judges’ scores and comments. Finalists receive a 1-page critique from the judging editor/agent. Winners receive refund of entry fee and winner logo graphic.

2009 Categories and Editor/Agent Judges

Contemporary Series/Category Romance ~ Brenda Chin, Harlequin
Single Title Romance ~ Susan Yates, The Wild Rose Press
Erotic Romance ~ Kelli Kwiatkowski, Ellora’s Cave
First Declaration of Love ~ Raelene Gorlinsky, Ellora’s Cave/Cerridwen Press
Historical Romance ~ Rose Hilliard, St. Martin’s Press
Mainstream with Romantic Elements ~ Diane Parkinson, The Wild Rose Press
Paranormal Romance ~ Ethan Ellenberg, Ellenberg Literary Agency
Romantic Suspense ~ Christine Witthohn, Book Cents Literary Agency
Young Adult ~ Danielle Poisz, Pocket Books

Due to the publishing market, editors are subject to change without notice.

Contest Rules

Entrants must be unpublished in book-length fiction (minimum 40,000 words) in the last five years.

Actual computer word count is used for all entries and contest categories.
Submit the first 6000 to maximum 7000 words, to a clear story break (such as a chapter break). A synopsis is optional; if you choose to include one, it may be no longer than 750 words, is not counted as part of the entry, and is unjudged.
“First Declaration of Love” category: Scene where the main protagonists first declare their love to each other. Maximum 500 words.

Entry must be in DOC or RTF format, and emailed as an attachment to Each entry must be accompanied by a completed Entry Form/Contestant's Agreement.

Fee: $25.00 ($15.00 for NEORWA Chapter members or contest judges)“First Declaration of Love” category: If scene is from same manuscript entered in another category, there is an additional fee of only $8. If entering in this category only, regular fee is applicable.


From Carol Burge's blog
Age Of Elegance Contest

We want to know what the Age of Elegance means to you. Fulfillment? Exploration? Discovery? Tell us! To enter this contest, simply follow these short and simple guidelines before submitting your story.

CONTEST GUIDELINES: Using 500 words or less, and using these helpful questions below, tell us; What does the “age of elegance” mean to you? Have you embraced this time in your life? If so, how? Have you used this journey to define yourself as a new woman?

Please submit your entry in a WORD document AS AN ATTACHMENT. Include your name, email address, and short bio (no more than 75 words) INSIDE the WORD document NOT IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL. SUBMIT to - with Age of Elegance in the subject line.

Deadline – May 31, 2009


Not a writing contest, but a terrific author's contest.

Drop a comment on Suzanne McLeod's blog for a chance to win her latest book Cold Kiss Of Death. She is running a contest EVERY week for 11 weeks.

one comment = 1 entry
A mention of the giveaway on your blog/live journal/myspace/facebook/twitter/etc [post the link to the mention into the comments again] = 1 entry per link

Which all means you could end up with more than six entries into the metaphorical hat, so what are you waiting for? Get posting and linking!! Good Luck!!

Go! What are you waiting for? This is an author that will end up on your auto-buy list.