Writing Contests

Updated 4/24/18

The Maggie Award for Unpublished Authors

Sponsor: Georgia Romance Writers
Fee: $35 for RWA members, $30 for GRW members, $40 for non-members
Deadline: April 29, 2018
Eligibility: See website for details.
Entry: Open to all works of Romantic Fiction over 40,000 words, with the exception of Romance Novella, which is between 20,000 and 40,000 words.
Categories: Best New Book by a GRW Author, Contemporary Romance: Long, Contemporary Romance: Short, Erotic Romance, Historical Romance, Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance, Paranormal Romance, Romance Novella (published entries only), Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements, Romantic Suspense, Young Adult/New Adult Romance.
Judges: Three (3) judges from our bookseller/librarian pool will evaluate each book.
Final Judges: Industry editors and agents.
Top Prize: Highest scored book in each category will receive the prestigious Maggie Medallion. All Finalists will receive a certificate. Winners will be announced October 6, 2018, at the Moonlight & Magnolias awards banquet.
FMI, visit http://www.georgiaromancewriters.org/the-maggies/about-the-maggies/ for complete rules, entry instructions, and payment options.


2018 Golden Rose Contest (Open to published and unpublished authors)

Sponsor: Rose City Romance Writers
Fee: March 15–31, $25 RCRW members, $30 RWA non-RCRW members; April 1–30, $30 RCRW members, $35 RWA non-RCRW members.
Deadline: April 30, 2018
Eligibility: Open to all non-contracted RWA authors of romantic fiction unpublished in the last three years and any member of RWA who is not eligible to join RWA-PAN.
Entry: All electronic. The first 10,000 words of a full-length novel. (No novellas.)
Judges: Each entry will receive a detailed score sheet from three qualified judges.
Final judges: Please see the website for the complete list of final editors.
FMI, rosecityromancewriters.com.


Orange Rose Contest for Unpublished and Emerging Writers (Open to published and unpublished authors)

Sponsor: Orange County Chapter RWA
Fee: $25 members, $35 non-members
Deadline: April 30, 2018
Entry: ALL entries are electronic, and manuscript entries must be submitted as an attachment to the entry form. Manuscript entries (in addition to the online entry form and payment) shall consist of: ONE document (.RTF) that is a maximum of 35 pages, which includes the first chapters of the manuscript followed by a synopsis. Any 35-page combination is acceptable.
Eligibility: Author unpublished in romantic fiction or a published author who has two (2) or fewer self-published or traditionally published works that have NOT earned $1,000 or more on a single title.
Categories: Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Inspirational Romance, Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance, Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense, and Young Adult Romance.
Judges: Each entrant will receive three scores from three published authors.
Final Judges: Two to three acquiring editors and/or acquiring agents per finaling entry.
FMI, visit http://occrwa.org/contests/orange-rose-contest. If you have questions, please contact Kathleen Rowland, Chair, [email protected]