As you know, I’m a member of the infamous WRW (Washington Romance Writers) group. (Yes, that’s the one of which Nora Roberts is also a member.)
Every year, we hold a writing contest called the Marlenes. And it’s time for the 2012 Marlene contest!
Polish your manuscript and submit it for a chance to win! The 3 finalists in each category get their manuscript read by an editor or agent, and the category winner will receive a critique by a published author! All entrants receive great feedback from judges who love to read romance!
The Marlene Awards is a contest for unpublished manuscripts sponsored by the Washington Romance Writers chapter of Romance Writers of America. Every entry is evaluated by at least three judges. Finalists are ranked by publishing professionals. The grand prize winner in each category receives a detailed critique from a published author. This year’s list of judges and prize critiquers is as follows.
Judge: Johanna Raisanen, Harlequin
Critique Author: Liz Talley
Judge: Megan Records, Kensington
Critique Author: Jeanne Adams
Judge: Heather Osbourn, Samhain
Critique Author: Kristen Painter
Judge: Esi Sogah, Avon
Critique Author: Diane Gaston
Judge: Latoya Smith, Grand Central
Critique Author: Deanna Raybourn
Judge: Holly Blanck, St. Martin’s Press
Critique Author: Diana Peterfreund
Entry fees vary based on entry date. From December 15 to midnight December 31 EST, the fee will be $20 for WRW members, $25 for non-WRW members. From January 1 to midnight January 15 EST, the fee will be $25 for WRW members; $30 for non-WRW members. (FYI…the big change this year is that the contest is now open to ALL
unpublished manuscripts, regardless of the publishing status of the author.)
For a complete list of contest rules, eligibility, and deadlines, please see the Official Marlene Contest Page.
And to all the entrants: BEST OF LUCK!