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WRW’s Marlene Contest Now Open for Entries!

It’s that time of year again! And yes, before you ask, I completely support this contest and have no qualms about it having an entry fee. There needs to be a limited amount of entries, and all entrants will receive feedback on their manuscripts.

If you look closely, you’ll see that YOURS TRULY is the celebrity prize critiquer for the YA category, and my fabulous Fairy Godmother Editor at Harcourt Children’s Books is the celebrity judge!

Effectively, you will get what you pay for in this contest. So don’t delay!

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‘Tis the season, not just for Santa, but for your chance to have your unpublished manuscript seen, critiqued and (for the finalists) win wonderful prizes, including evaluation by some of the top editors in the romance genre.  Three of our 2012 winners received book contracts, two of them as a direct result of the contest.

The Marlene Awards competition runs until midnight EST, January 15.  Complete information can be found at (http://wrwdc.com/marlene-contest-2/entry-rules-and-submission-link/), but let’s cut straight to the good stuff.  The finalist judges and prize critiquers in each category are:
Series Contemporary
Judge: Johanna Raisanen, Harlequin
Critique Author: Darlene Gardner

Single Title
Judge: Esi Sogah, Avon
Critique Author: Susan Donovan

Paranormal
Judge: Latoya Smith, Grand Central
Critique Author: Darynda Jones

Historical
Judge: Leah Hultenschmidt, Sourcebooks
Critique Author: Kieran Kramer

Romantic Elements
Judge: Rhonda Helms, Carina Press
Critique Author: Mary Burton

Young Adult
Judge: Reka Simonsen, Harcourt Children’s Books
Critique Author: Alethea Kontis

The winner in each category also receives a pendant in honor of her (or his) achievement.  All finalists receive certificates, and everyone who enters gets at least three fresh sets of eyes on their manuscript–a prize all by itself.

What are you waiting for? Enter today!

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2012 Marlene Finalists Announced

The Washington Romance Writers congratulates the finalists in the 2012 Marlene Contest!

Series Contemporary
Kelley Brown, DATING MS. WRIGHT
Nancy S. Evertz (Nan Dixon), SOUTHERN COMFORT
Ami Weaver, THE CHRISTMAS BRIDE

Single Title
Kimberly Kincaid, IT‚S NOT YOU (WRW Member)
Heather Nickodem, CAT ON A HOT STEEL FLIGHT DECK
Lisa Slabach, ENTER STAGE LEFT

Romantic Elements
Susan Bickford, SYNCHRONY’S CALL
Lisa Chaplin, BUTTERFLY ON THE TIDE (WRW Member)
Kim Hernandez/Kimberley Troutte, EPICENTER

Historical
Erin Brauer, SWEET SURRENDER
Mayo Lucas, DEALER’S CHOICE
Jennifer McQuiston, WHAT HAPPENS IN SCOTLAND
Betty Trovarelli, THE WICKED EARL OF WESTFIELD
(There were two double ties: two 99s and two 98s.)

Paranormal
Denny S. Bryce, GIDEON (WRW member)
Traci Douglass, SEAL OF FATE
Angela Quarles, MUST LOVE BREECHES

Young Adult
Carla Cullen, THE FALLEN PRINCESS
Sera Phyn, SING, SWEET NIGHTINGALE
Kimberly Savage, GRACE AND THE GUARDIAN

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Marlene Contest Now Open to Entries!

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!

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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.

Series Contemporary
Judge: Johanna Raisanen, Harlequin
Critique Author: Liz Talley

Single Title
Judge: Megan Records, Kensington
Critique Author: Jeanne Adams

Paranormal
Judge: Heather Osbourn, Samhain
Critique Author: Kristen Painter

Historical
Judge: Esi Sogah, Avon
Critique Author: Diane Gaston

Romantic Elements:
Judge: Latoya Smith, Grand Central
Critique Author: Deanna Raybourn

Young Adult:
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!

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