Friday, March 29, 2013

OCC/RWA Unpublished and Published Contests

Since my guest blogger didn’t submit a column for today, I’ve decided to highlight OCC/RWA’s two contests – One for unpublished authors and one for published. Both are great opportunities for feedback, and perhaps a bit of recognition.


The Orange County Chapter of Romance Writers of America (OCC/RWA) is currently accepting entries for the 2013 Orange Rose Contest for Unpublished Writers.  This prestigious chapter contest is in its 30th year!  All first round judges are published authors, and finalists are judged by actively acquiring editors and agents. 

No other contest offers unpublished writers greater bang for the buck.  For a $35 entry fee ($25 for OCC members), entrants get three critiques from published authors.  If they final, their work will be read by multiple editors and agents actively acquiring in their subgenre.  There are even cash prizes!

Full entry information, contest rules, and a list of final judges are available at:

Entries are all submitted electronically.  The entries are 35 pages maximum (chapters and synopsis), and the complete work must have a projected total length of no less than 50,000 words.
Entries are accepted in the following categories:
  • Contemporary Category Romance
  • Mainstream with Romantic Elements
  • Erotic Romance
  • Paranormal/Time Travel/Fantasy Romance
  • Historical & Regency Romance
  • Romantic Suspense
  • Inspirational Romance
  • Young Adult Romance
  • Single Title Romance (over 70,000 words)
Questions? Please write to us at
Space is limited to 150 entries. We look forward to receiving yours!
OCC/RWA would also like to announce the BBB contest for published authors.
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This award will showcase the shining excellence of published authors in novella and novel-length romance fiction and women’s fiction.

“Top Pick” winner chosen by
Wendy Crutcher
RWA 2011 Librarian of the Year.
Categories for the contest are: 
     Contemporary Series Romance   
     Contemporary Single Title Romance (Over 70,000 Words)
     Mainstream with romantic elements & Women’s Fiction        
     Historical & Regency (Both Series and Single Title)
     Romantic Suspense & Mystery with romantic elements(Over 70,000 Words)
     Paranormal/Time Travel/Fantasy/Futuristic Romance (Both Series and Single Title)
     Young Adult
     Erotic Romance
     Novella (Over 15,000 to 40,000) 
GLBT entries:  Authors are to place their entries in the appropriate category. 


Preliminary round will be judged by Booksellers, Librarians and Romance Readers.  First, Second and Third Place will be awarded in each category. Highest score in each category will advance to the Final Round to be judged by Wendy Crutcher, Material Evaluator/Senior Librarian, Orange County Libraries, for “Top Pick” award.

The contest is open to all Romance Writers of America® members who are in good standing with RWA National with current membership paid. New this year, the BBB Contest is accepting e-published and self-published entries.

Contest deadline: April 13, 2013. For more information, visit
If you are interested in becoming a judge for the preliminary round, please send an email to the contest coordinator at

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