Sunday, February 11, 2018

Friends, we need your help.


We’ve sent notices to the four corners of romance. . . but we need more judges.

Would you consider judging one or two entries OR forwarding our plea to any writing organization you’re a part of?  

If you don’t feel qualified, take a look at what a first-time judge had to say:

“This is my first time judging for your contest, and I have to say that truly, this was the most positive judging experience I've had. Your resources and blog training were so helpful, and the emphasis on positivity and constructive criticism nearly brought tears to my eyes. In particular, seeing your post on all the judge comments you've received - for a book that was bought by Harlequin with no edits - really helped me as a writer. I enter a lot of contests, too, and there have been several where the judges forgot that I was a human being. One most recently was rough, but judging in this contest really vindicated that experience. Thanks for doing such a great job organizing, training, and encouraging both entrants and judges.” Brandi S.

Please send your friends here to our blog site to sign up. Or pass along our direct link: 


We hope you can help,
~Angi

NTRWA GE Judge Coordinator


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Our judge training is posted on-line for convenience but also so the entrant can review the tips.

The training is reviewed each year.
Changes are made to the original posting.

Here are the shortcuts to all the pages:

We're always interested in articles about editing, how-to-write, constructive shortcuts or inspiration. Please feel free to send suggestions to the GEcoordinator@NTRWA.org



Tuesday, January 30, 2018

THE NTRWA 2018 GREAT EXPECTATIONS CONTEST DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO
JANUARY 31, 2018, MIDNIGHT, CENTRAL TIME

Our Contemporary Series Romance category is ONE entry short of qualifying as a category, so we’re extending the entry deadline for ALL CATEGORIES to Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at Midnight, Central time.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS (See website or blog for details on entry format)
·                5,000 word entry limit, instead of page count
·                NO synopsis or blurb
Finalists will be asked to include an unjudged synopsis for editors.

DEADLINES & FEES
FEES:
·       $25 for members of North Texas and DARA chapters of RWA
·       $30 for all other entrants
NEW DEADLINE:
·                WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2018-Midnight, Central Time: Entry and payment must be received

CATEGORIES & FINAL ROUND EDITORS

CONTEMPORARY SERIES ROMANCE
Brittany Lavery ~ Assistant Editor, HQN
Romantic series novels. If your manuscript is a series romantic suspense, you may enter the Contemporary Series category or the Romantic Suspense category. Please check our score sheets to see which benefits your writing. 

HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Elle Keck ~ Assistant Editor, Avon Books
Romantic novels with non-contemporary settings, including regency & gothic romances. 

INSPIRATIONAL ROMANCE
Raela Schoenherr ~ Acquisitions Editor, Bethany House
Romantic novels with an inspirational message/theme, including romantic suspense, historical, etc. 
MAINSTREAM with ROMANTIC ELEMENTS
Marla Daniels ~ Assistant Editor, Simon and Schuster
Novels that include an element of romance but in which traditional romance conventions are not followed and in which there are themes and conflicts beyond romance. Mainly women’s fiction and chick lit. 

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
Lexi Smail ~ Assistant Editor, Grand Central Publishing
Romantic novels that include an element of mystery or suspense. Since the final round editor will be from a single title publisher, contestants may want to enter series romantic suspense in the contemporary series category.

SINGLE TITLE ROMANCE
Madeleine Colavita ~ Associate Editor, Hachette Book Group
Romantic, contemporary novels released as individual titles. 

SPECIALIZED ROMANCE
Kristine Swartz ~ Associate Editor, Berkley Publishing Group
Romantic novels of any time setting (historical or futuristic) with Alternate Earth Histories, Dystopian, Futuristic, Fantasy, Time Travel, Paranormal or Urban Fantasy. Please keep in mind that the emphasis should be on the romance. 

YOUNG ADULT
Alice Jerman ~ Assistant Editor, HarperCollins 
Novels appropriate for young adult readers. Includes young adult heroes and heroines not exceeding 18 years of age. 

Erotic Romance – Do to a continued lack of entries, we've had to cancel the Erotic Romance category. Erotic entries can now be made in any category. Please indicate EROTIC in the header and on the entry form heat level. Please review our score sheets to see if your entry will benefit from comments.

Questions? Contact our Contest Chairs at GECoordinator@NTRWA.org

For more information or to enter, go to http://ntrwagreatexpectations.blogspot.com or http://www.ntrwa.org/contest/contest.aspx



Wednesday, January 10, 2018

DON'T MISS ENTERING

2018 GREAT EXPECTATIONS CONTEST CLOSES
~January 27th~
MIDNIGHT, CENTRAL TIME

The Great Expectations Contest is for unpublished material, to include works from unpublished authors as well as unpublished works from published authors (if you are a published author, please see the 2018 Rules for details.)

Now in its 17th consecutive year, North Texas RWA can help you receive unbiased opinions from three qualified judges on the first 5,000 words of your story. The top four scoring entries (or five, in the event of a tie) will progress to the finalist stage of the contest, where top editors from leading publishing houses will determine the winners.

We can't wait to read your submissions! Thanks!
THE ENTRY
  • 5,000 word entry limit instead of page count
  • NO synopsis or blurb (finalists will have the opportunity to include an unjudged synopsis for the editors)
REGULAR ENTRY FEES 
Deadline to enter is midnight, Central Time, January 27, 2018
  • NTRWA & DARA MEMBERS,  $25.00 per entry
  • ALL OTHER WRITERS,  $30.00 per entry

Great Expectations Regular Entry Fees


SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY
by SATURDAY, January 27, 2018
Midnight, Central Time

Polish up your manuscript and enter today! 
Questions? Contact GECoordinator@NTRWA.org

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The North Texas Romance Writers of America chapter is proud to announce that the

2018 GREAT EXPECTATIONS CONTEST is open!

EARLY BIRD FEES END AT MIDNIGHT, CENTRAL TIME
DECEMBER 31, 2017!

The Great Expectations Contest is for unpublished material, to include works from unpublished authors as well as unpublished works from published authors (if you are a published author, please see the 2018 Rules for details.)

Now in its 17th consecutive year, North Texas RWA can help you receive unbiased opinions from three qualified judges on the first 5,000 words of your story. The top four scoring entries (or five, in the event of a tie) will progress to the finalist stage of the contest, where top editors from leading publishing houses will determine the winners.

THE ENTRY!
  • 5,000 word entry limit instead of page count
  • NO synopsis or blurb (finalists will have the opportunity to include an unjudged synopsis for the editors)

DEADLINES AND FEES
Early Bird Dates and Fees:
November 30, 2017 to midnight (Central Time) December 31, 2017

FEES:  
  • $20 per entry for North Texas and DARA Chapter Members of RWA
  • $25 per entry for all other contest entrant


Early Bird Pricing Options



Regular Dates and Fees:
January 1, 2018 to midnight (Central Time) January 27, 2018

FEES:
  • $25 per entry for North Texas and DARA Chapter Members of RWA
  • $30 per entry for all other contest entrants

Midnight, Central Time, Wednesday, January 27, 2018 
the Contest Closes for Entries!

Polish up your manuscript and enter today! 
Questions? Contact GECoordinator@NTRWA.org


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

--PERMISSION TO FORWARD GRANTED AND ENCOURAGED--

The North Texas Chapter
of Romance Writers of America is proud to announce …
The 2017
Great Expectations Contest Winners!

Denotes Request for Partial Manuscript *
Denotes Request for Full Manuscript **

CONTEMPORARY SERIES ROMANCE
Final Editor:  Brittany Lavery, Assistant Editor, HQN

First Place:                    Take Me Away by Jessie Gussman     
Second Place:                How a Heart Beats by Stacie Kaye   
Third Place:                   Discovering Serenity by Haley Burke
Honorable Mention:      What He Wants by Jessie Gussman

HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Final Editor:  Elle Keck, Assistant Editor, Avon Books

First Place:                    The Runaway Bride by Elizabeth King
Second Place:                Love’s Redemption by Jeanine Englert
Third Place:                  The Art of the Deal by Suzanne Turner
Honorable Mention:     The Seduction of Mrs. Smith 
                                      by Elizabeth Everett
                                   
INSPIRATIONAL  ROMANCE
Final Editor:  Raela Schoenherr, Acquisitions Editor, Bethany House

First Place:                    Fresh Brewed Love by Amanda Wen
Second Place:                At Bealtaine's Bidding 
                                      by Mary-Teresa Heath
Third Place:                   Stolen Vows by Darlene L Turner
Honorable Mention:      A Texas Lady by Elizabeth Lukinuk

MAINSTREAM WITH ROMANTIC ELEMENTS
Final Editor:  Marla Daniels, Assistant Editor, Simon and Schuster

First Place:                     Simple Acts of Grace by Adriana Allegri 
Second Place:                What Would Ginger Do? 
                                       by Kimberly MacCarron 
Third Place:                   The Nine Lives of Eric Merry 
                                       by Aubrey Wynne 
Honorable Mention:      Soul Song by Rayn Ellis

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
Final Editor:  Lexi Smail, Assistant Editor, Grand Central Publishing

First Place:                    Lovely Digits by Jeanine Englert *
Second Place:                Hit and Run by Lori Matthews
Third Place:                   Forbidden Paradise by Barbara Forlenza *
Honorable Mention:      Emerald:  Drone by Alan Chaput

SINGLE TITLE ROMANCE
Final Editor:  Madeleine Colavita, Associate Editor, Hachette Book Group

First Place:                    Take the Lead by Alexis Daria
Second Place:                Hit Me with Your Best Shot by PJ Ryley
Third Place:                   Tame My Racing Heart by Kelly Duff
Honorable Mention:      Miracle on Tenth Avenue 
                                       by Gabrielle Luthy

SPECIALIZED ROMANCE
(Alternate Earth, Dystopian, Fantasy, Futuristic, Paranormal, Time Travel)
Final Editor: Kristine Swartz, Associate Editor, The Berkley Publishing Group

First Place:                    Bless Your Heart, 
                                      and Other Southern Curses 
                                       by Heather Leonard *      
Second Place:                Praetorian Rising by Lisa Knight *
Third Place:                  Burn for Me by Christal Murphy
Honorable Mention:     Leap of Fate by Kimberly MacCarron

YOUNG ADULT
Final Editor:  Alice Jerman, Associate Editor, HarperCollins

First Place:                    Loving Outside the Lines 
                                      by Kimberly MacCarron        
Second Place:               Mouthful by C.R. Grissom
Third Place (tied):        All the Feels by Kimberly MacCarron
                                     Unconditional by Kimberly MacCarron     
Honorable Mention:    Covenant Park by Christine Gunderson

Congratulations to our winners and good luck on your road to publication!