Heart to Heart Contest–Now Open!

The 2014 Heart to Heart Contest, sponsored by the San Francisco Area Romance Writers of America, is now open for entries.

About the Contest:
The SFA-RWA chapter is pleased to announce the Heart to Heart Contest for unpublished writers.

  • Enter–Submit that magical scene in which your hero and heroine meet for the first time.
  • Win–Published authors and experienced critiquers will provide detailed score sheets and feedback on ALL SUBMISSIONS.
  • Sell–Get your story in the hands of acquiring editors and agents.

The top three finalists in each category will have their entries read by an acquiring editor or agent. The winners will be announced by SFA-RWA, and certificates will be awarded to the top winner in each category.

Category Descriptions:
CONTEMPORARY–Novels set in the present.
EROTICA–Novels in which sensuality constitutes a strong element in the romance.
HISTORICAL— Novels featuring romance in time periods other than the present. Most editors consider as historical books set prior to WWI.
PARANORMAL–Novels that mix the elements of paranormal, time travel, futuristic or fantasy.
YOUNG ADULT–Novels with a strong romantic theme geared toward the younger adult reader. These novels may contain paranormal, time travel, futuristic, or fantasy elements.

Contest Timeline:
August 31, 2014–Deadline for submissions (electronic only)
October 5, 2014–First-Round Finalists Notification
November 6, 2014–Final Round Winners Announced

Final Judges:

Contemporary
Chelsey Emmelhainz, Harper Collins, Print Editor
Emmanuelle Morgen, Stonesong, E-Pub Editor
Jay Austin, EIC, Agent

Erotica
Tera Kleinfelter, Samhain, E-Pub Editor

Historical
Nicole Fisher, Avon, Print Editor
Gwen Hayes, Entangled, E-Pub Editor
Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, Agent

Paranormal
Leis Pederson, Berkeley, Print Editor
Kerri Buckley, Carina Press, E-Pub Editor
Tamar Rydzinski, Laura Dail Literary Agency, Agent

Young Adult
Natashya Wilson, HQN, Print Editor
Kimberly Blythe, Omnific Publishing, E-Pub Editor
Laurie McLean, Foreword Literary, Agent

For Eligibility, Entry Guidelines, Fees, Official Contest Rules and Entry Form, click here >
Heart to Heart Contest portal

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