Writing Contests for published and unpublished authors

by Anna on April 25, 2014

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Entries accepted starting April 1, 2014
New this year – A short story category!

The Aspen Gold 2014

Sponsor: Heart of Denver Romance Writers


Fee: $20 for HODRW members, $25 for all other RWA members, and $30 for all non-RWA members
Deadline: June 1, 2014


Eligibility: Romance Genre Book/Novella/short story with a 2013 publication date.


Entry: 3 print copies or electronic version of book. Finalists will be asked for 2 additional copies for the final round judges.

Categories: All subcategories of romance fiction accepted.


Judges: First round – Romance Readers, Final round – Librarians.


Prize: The first place winner in each category will receive the Aspen Gold Plaque. All other finalists will receive certificates.  Results will be publicized on website, loops, and in the RWR.


FMI, Visit http://www.hodrw.com/contests/ for complete rules, entry instructions, payment options, and sample of score sheet. For further questions email AG@hodrw.com.

The Molly 2014

Sponsor: Heart of Denver Romance Writers


Fee: $30 for HODRW members, $35 for all other RWA members, and $40 for all non-RWA members
Deadline: May 30, 2014

Eligibility: All writers unpublished in book-length fiction within 3 years prior to entry deadline.

Entry: First pages (up to twenty-five (25)) of your manuscript plus up to 5 (un-judged) pages of your synopsis.  This can be a combination of Prologue plus Chapter One, but 30 pages maximum, including the synopsis.  End on a hook!

Categories: Most subcategories of romance fiction accepted. See website for list.

Judges: First round – published and unpublished, Second round – published  authors
Final round – Editor, Agent or Publisher announced on website.
Comments will be returned from the first two rounds of judges.

Prize: The first place winner in each category will receive the Molly Award Plaque.  All other finalists will receive certificates.  Results will be publicized on website, loops, and in the RWR.

FMI, Visit http://www.hodrw.com/contests/ for complete rules, entry instructions, payment options, and sample of score sheet. For further questions email Molly@hodrw.com.




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