A Self-Published Romance Author Contest!! And Winners are READER’S CHOICE!

What, you say? A contest for self-published romance authors? With category winners covers in a Romance Writers Report advertisement? (RWR being the nationally distributed magazine of Romance Writers of America.) A contest judged by readers and not other writers?

What self-pubbed author wouldn’t love the opportunity to gain that type of national exposure?  (Plus, the Sizzlers have their heads together, working on a few other benefits for finalists and winners, so keep checking back!)

Many readers know some awesome self-pubbed works out there; authors with distinctive voices, a flare for plot, true story-tellers. All they need to succeed on a grand scale is exposure. So if you readers following the Sizzlers know of such an author, please point them our way because GCCRWA genius, Jamie (so glad she’s a chapter member!), suggested we do a self-pubbed contest and the idea took off. Since RWA recognizes self-published authors, and there’s an indie chapter trying to form, it’s the perfect way to honor these writers.

Even better it will be judged by AVID READERS of romantic fiction! (*Any reader interested in volunteering to judge, the requirements will be posted at http://gccrwa.com/starcont within the next few days. We would love to have you.)

Yes, you read correctly; this contest is A Reader’s Choice Award! I’ll hush now and give you the deets!



Silken Sands Self-Published Star Contest

. . . was created to recognize excellence in self-published, romantic fiction. Contest judges are avid readers of romance. Entries will be accepted for this contest from November 15, 2011 to January 5, 2012.

Following categories are included:

Short Story — (containing between 5,000 and 19,999 words.)

Novella —  (a word count between 20,000 and 40,000.)

Single Title Contemporary

Single Title Paranormal

Single Title Romantic Suspense

Single Title Historical

Single Title Inspirational

Young Adult

*Please note: This is a romance genre contest, so all entries must have strong romantic elements/plot lines. All heat levels are accepted in each category.

Eligibility and Entry Requirements

The Silken Sands Self-Published Star Contest is open to members of RWA as well as non-members.

Entrants must be 18 years of age by December 31, 2011.

Completed entry forms and appropriate fees must be received by GCCRWA no later than 5p.m. CT, on January 5, 2012. All forms and fees received after the deadline will be returned to the entrant.

Entrants are required to check a box on the entry form indicating their acceptance of contest terms.

Entries to the 2011 contest must be original works of fiction that were released between Jan. 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011. Works that have been previously released may no be submitted.

After 200 entries are received registration will be closed, so please get your submission in as soon as possible! Finalists will be announced February 15, 2012, and winners from each category named at the 2012 Silken Sands Writers Conference. (Didn’t know about the conference? Check it out here http://gccrwa.com/SilkenSands )The awards ceremony will be held on the evening of Saturday, March 17, 2012.

Entry Fees
$20 per entry for RWA members; $25 per entry for non-RWA members.

There are a few more guidelines concerning multiple entries, so be sure to read the Rules when you check out the contest. Enter here http://gccrwa.com/StarCont

If you have any further questions, please email them to GCCStarContest@gmail.com

So, what do you think? Are you as excited as I am? Entries started arriving within hours of the contest being announced, so getting your entry in soon is important! Maybe it will be your cover featured in an RWR contest winners ad!


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Wetsday, October 14, 2009

Oh, I have been just a-plotting and a-prepping for NaNoWriMo!  Busy lil RomanceMama, trying to come up with a story. Think I have got it — gonna do a paranormal/Regency combo.  It was that or a Tudor/Timetravel. For some reason I am wanting to combine subgenres.  Probably not getting enough snark from judges in one category  in the contests, so I will go for two! Twice as many people can show me no love!!!

Oh, ignore me, children. I am just hurt. Got really low scores from a judge in a recent contest. Given that I was making good scores before I removed all the adverbs and gerunds (lys and ings, in other words), I thought taking them out would help me. Plus I cleaned up the POV, added dialogue, etc .based on the previous comments. So I improved my scores?  Ummm. No. I got quite frankly the lowest grade I’ve ever gotten from one judge in the last contest.  I don’t mean the lowest in a writing contest. I am saying that all the way back to first grade, and up through grad school, I never got a score this bad on anything I ever handed in.  That’s more years of school than most of you have been alive! (And frankly, to be told my writing was very similar to that of an author I cherish did not seem to me to be a reason to score me down. )

But as DH says, I’m not really writing for anyone else.  I like my stories. I like my little wordplays in them. I don’t much care what anyone says about them.  I am going to keep writing because all these people in my head want to express themselves. So, as the saying goes, will I write to please myself and lose my audience, or will I write for my audience and lose myself? 

Neither  option for me, thanks. Can’t I have both?

Well, enough RMama babbling. Let’s have the hot guy’s picture.

Now, I know the name of the post is “Wetsday.”  And I really did spend a lot of time perusing my collection of waterlogged men. (Anything for my readers. I suffer to bring you these photos!) But I got this in a tweet this morning, and I have just been looking at it all day. So while I toyed with different interpretations we could put on “Wetsday” or other reasons to justify using this picture, in the end, this is my explanation:  I luuuurrve him. Whether he’s wet, dry, or even blond. So here, for your viewing pleasure, is the very dry Dr. Carlisle Cullen, Peter Facinelli:

Umm, don't you love a man in a waistcoat and cravat????

Umm, don't you love a man in a waistcoat and cravat????

Yes, he can suck on my neck any old time.

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