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!


‘Tis the season, not just for Santa, but for your chance to have your unpublished manuscript seen, critiqued and (for the finalists) win wonderful prizes, including evaluation by some of the top editors in the romance genre.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

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

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!