Wednesday, December 24, 2014


It has come to our attention that our ENTER page and PAYPAL buttons have had technical gliches.  SO...
WE'RE dropping our entry fee to 

and we're extending our deadline
Sunday, January 4th

Our final round editors have agreed to complete the score sheet, giving specific feedback to finalists.

Finalist or non-finalist . . . 
everyone will receive 3 first round judges unbiased opinion by early February.

5000 words
3 opinions on your unpublished* work
just $25.00

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Why Resist a Rebel?
by Leah Ashton

Harlequin, KISS

Karen Reid ~ Associate Editor, Super Romance, Harlequin
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. An example is the 2014 RWA RITA winnner: WHY RESIST A REBEL?

No Good Duke
Goes Unpunished

by Sarah MacLean

HarperCollins Publishers,
Avon Books

Gabrielle Keck ~ Editorial Assistant, Avon / William Morrow
Romantic novels with non-contemporary settings, including regency & gothic romances. An example is the 2014 RWA RITA winnner: NO GOOD DUKE GOES UNPUNISHED.

Five Days in Skye
by Carla Laureano

David C. Cook

Raela Schoenherr ~ Bethany House
Romantic novels with an inspirational message/theme, including romantic suspense, historical, etc. An example is the 2014 RWA RITA winnner: FIVE DAYS IN SKYE.

The Haunting of
Maddy Clare

by Simone St. James


Laura Fazio ~ Assistant Editor, NAL
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. An example is the 2013 RWA RITA winnner: THE HAUNTING OF MADDY CLAIRE.

by Erin McCarthy

Berkley Publishing
Julie Mianecki ~ Assistant Editor, Berkley
Novels appropriate for new adult readers. Includes heroes and heroines not exceeding 25 years of age. Novels similar to YA that can be published and marketed as adult—a sort of older YA market. New Adult fiction tends to focus on "first" experience issues. Some examples are leaving home, developing sexuality, negotiating education, first job or career choices. 

Off the Edge
by Carolyn Crane


Alex Logan - Editor, Grand Central Publishing
Romantic novels that include an element of mystery or suspense. Since the final round editor is from a single title publisher, contestants may want to enter series romantic suspense in the contemporary series category. An example is the 2014 RWA RITA winnner: 

Crazy Thing Called Love
by Molly O'Keefe

Random House Group,
Ballantine Bantam Dell

Madeleine Colavita Editorial Assistant, Grand Central Publishing
Romantic novels released as individual titles. An example is the 2014 RWA RITA winnner: CRAZY THING CALLED LOVE.

The Firebird
by Susanna Kearsley

Sourcebooks, Landmark

Kristine Swartz ~ Assistant Editor, Berkley
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. An example is the 2014 RWA RITA winnner: THE FIREBIRD.

The Farm
by Emily McKay
Berkley Publishing

Alice Jerman ~ Assistant Editor, HarperCollins 
Novels appropriate for young adult readers. Includes young adult heroes and heroines not exceeding 18 years of age. An example is the 2013 RWA RITA winnner: THE FARM.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

What Are People Saying. . .

"As an unpublished writer, I try to enter contests where the judges will give feedback. With the Great Expectations contest, I not only received score sheets, but two judges gave insightful feedback that has helped me in my writing career. Thanks to the chapter for putting on a first-rate contest."

Tanya Agler
2nd Contemporary Series

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

What people are saying . . .

To Trust a Prince finaled in the Great Expectations contest in 2004. The feedback I got back from all the judges was invaluable. The comments were both supportive and constructive. The Harlequin editor who judged the finalists gave me incredible feedback that changed my writing completely. When I decided to pursue indie publishing, I broke out those comments and reworked the book. It's the second in my It Started in Texas series.
Today I'm an NTRWA member, and I love judging the contest.

Liz Lee
2004 Honorable Mention, Long Contemporary
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Wife, mom, writer, teacher, dog mom, reality tv addict, low-carb aficionado, musical lover, world traveler. Happily Ever After are 3 of my favorite words. Follow me on twitter @AuthorLizLee @marybethleeybnp

Friday, September 19, 2014

What people are saying . . .

"I wanted to drop you all a line to say thank you. I placed first in the Great Expectations contest, Single Title category, in 2014. The feedback I received was so constructive and amazing. In April of 2014 the book was published by MuseItUp.  I cannot thank you all enough for your help and guidance."

Vanessa M. Knight
2014 Single Title, 1st place

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Vanessa M. Knight writes contemporary romance novels with a dash of suspense. She's a member of Romance Writers of America and Windy City RWA.

She lives in Chicagoland with her husband, son and menagerie of dogs and cats. When not writing, Vanessa loves to scrapbook, watch movies and read anything she can find.

For more information on Vanessa, including her Internet haunts, contest updates, and details on her upcoming novels, please visit her website at

Thursday, September 18, 2014

What people are saying . . .

"I read an article written by Darynda Jones on the importance of entering contests as a way of obtaining much-needed feedback from people who don't know and love you, and as a avenue into publishing. I took her advice to heart and entered a few contests. The Great Expectations contest was different from the others in that I didn't feel as though I was shouting into the void, my entry forgotten in an unused e-mail box. My category coordinator was genuine and wonderful, personally writing notes to me to let me know where I was in the process. The feedback from judges was concise and instructive, helping to direct my edits. In all, the Great Expectations contest was an amazing experience."

Seana Kelly
Welcome Home, Katie Gallagher

2nd place, Single Title 2014
(editor request)

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Seana Kelly lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two daughters, two dogs, and one fish. When Seana isn’t dodging her family, hiding in the garage and trying to write, she’s working as a high school teacher-librarian. Seana is an avid (who are we kidding? obsessive) reader who is still mourning the loss of Fred Weasley. What the heck, J.K.? If you had to kill off a Weasley, why couldn’t it have been Percy?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What people are saying . . .

"I was the NA category winner, and I do have a nice follow-up story! Thank you so much for asking.

I self-published the book literally the night that I won. Essentially, I let my win nudge me to dive into the deep end, and THE YEAR WE FELL DOWN became my first self-published book ever. Since that day, I've sold thousands of copies into 23 countries. The book has received glowing reviews from Dear Author, Aestas Book Blog and Maryse."


Author of contemporary romance & New Adult romance. 

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Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty contemporary romance from Vermont's Green Mountains. Her ancestors began logging and farming Vermont during the 18th century. These were rugged, outdoor types without benefit of a laptop or a good latte. It boggles the mind.

Sarina enjoys skiing, skating and good food. She lives in Windsor County, Vermont, with her family, eight chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

What people are saying . . .

"I've entered The Great Expectations contest twice. In 2013, I finaled in the Historical category with The Tin Man's Heart, and in 2014, I won the Single Title Contemporary category with Wild in Her Eyes and garnered an editor request! I went on to sell that manuscript in a 3-book deal to St. Martin's Press. It has been retitled HONEYSUCKLE SEASON and will be released March 2015, just one year after the results! 

I've entered many contests, and the NTRWA GE is my favorite. The first-round judges' feedback is excellent, the final judges are fabulous, and it is extremely organized. It seems like some finaling entries always receive requests. I can't recommend this contest highly enough!"

Laura Huskins 

Writing as Laura Trentham

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I was born and raised in a small town in Northwest Tennessee. Although, I loved English and reading in high school, I was convinced an English degree equated to starvation! So, I chose the next most logical major - Chemical Engineering- and worked in a hard hat and steel toed boots for several years. Now I live in South Carolina with my husband and two children. In between school and homework and soccer practices, I love to get lost in another world, whether its Regency England or small town Alabama.

Right now, I'm working on Book 2 of my Falcon Football series, tentatively titled Firefly Season. And, I'm expecting edits for Book 1, Honeysuckle Season, in September and edits for Book 1 of my Spies and Lovers historical series, An Indecent Invitation, in October. It's going to be a busy fall!

But, you'd better believe I'll be planted on the couch every Saturday watching my University of Tennessee Volunteers play football! Go VOLS!

Monday, September 15, 2014

What people are saying . . .

"Finding out DINER GIRL was a finalist in the contemporary category of the Great Expectations contest in 2008 was one of those big, life changing events that propelled me toward believing in myself as a writer. For the first time I had readers, some even published, who enjoyed my writing. What a rush! Now that DINER GIRL is out as a second edition, all I can do is continue to give huge, heartfelt praise to the coordinators for making Great Expectations the contest that truly beats all other contests. Thank You!!"

Mary Duncanson
2nd place Contemporary Series 2008
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Mary Duncanson (who also writes as Mary Malcolm) lives in North Texas with a menagerie of animals and a steady stream of vagrant, imaginary friends (whom she politely refers to as characters). Addicted to coffee, chocolate, and Pablo Neruda, Mary spends most days either in front of her computer communing with her surly, shared muse, or drooling her way through Central Market (do not judge her; it is her Mecca). 

Mary is most likely to be found online at, and her novels: DINER GIRL, ACCIDENTALLY A BRIDE, THE TEXAS MILLIONAIRE’S RUNAWAY WIFE, TROUBLE COMES KNOCKING, UNSPOKEN TROUBLE (2015), and BURNING TROUBLE (2015) can be found at most e-book retailers.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

What people are saying . . .

Contemporary Series

"As an Australian romance writer, I’m keen to ensure my books don’t have too many “Australian-isms” and for this reason, entered the GE contest. I wanted to see what American judges thought of my writing. The contest manager and judges’ feedback far exceeded my expectations and I believe this to be the most professional writing contest I’ve been a part of.

I found the feedback to be extremely valuable, insightful and helpful. The judges had a clear understanding of their role. The managing of the contest was excellent and it was fun to receive “pins” that I could post on line when I finaled. 

I highly recommend the Great Expectations contest to unpublished romance writers."

Kind Regards,

Joanne Levy
w/a Joanne Dannon

Friday, September 12, 2014

What people are saying . . .

"I cannot recommend the NTRWA's Great Expectations contest enough. The feedback was both encouraging and humbling and I needed it. As a first time novelist, having the NTRWA's stamp of approval has opened up countless doors and given me confidence I lacked to start a conversation with a stranger about my book. Thanks NTRWA!"

Jamie Hoang
Blue Sun, Yellow Sky
3rd Mainstream with Romantic Elements 2014

I am blogging about the progress as I go at

Monday, September 8, 2014

What people are saying . . .

"After coordinating the Great Expectations Contest for several years, I stayed in the background advising in 2009 and was able to enter. I won the Contemporary Series category with SEE JANE RUN and sold the manuscript the following November to Harlequin Intrigue. Thanks to all the people who make the GE a terrific contest with excellent feedback. The volunteers, the judges, and the final-round editors are always stellar."

Angi Morgan
HILL COUNTRY HOLD UP, Harlequin Intrigue, September 2010

.38 CALIBER COVER UP, Harlequin Intrigue, February 2011


"Morgan tightens the coil until it springs forward in an explosive finale." ~Romantic Times Magazine
USA Today and Publisher's Weekly best seller Angi's romantic suspense has been nominated for the Booksellers Best First & Best Series Romantic Suspense, Romantic Times Best First Series Romance, Gayle Wilson of Excellence, the Carolyn Readers Choice Award and the Daphne du Maurier, Angi Morgan utilizes her strong heritage to create passionate characters willing to risk everything. An 11th generation Texan, she plots ways to engage her readers with complex story lines, in actual Texas locations. She shares her research and photos on her daily blog.
I host a readers' blog introducing readers to authors and lots of give-aways:
"Intrigues where honor and danger collide with love."
I love to chat with readers. Catch me on Facebook, A Picture A Day or Goodreads. 
For more info:

Saturday, September 6, 2014

What people are saying . . .

"The Great Expectations contest was the first contest I ever entered with my manuscript, PROOF BY SEDUCTION. I got fantastic feedback from judges who tried to "get" my manuscript, not the manuscript they wished I had written. The contest itself was also the best-run contest of every one that I have entered--we received regular communication and updates, and results came out extremely fast. Six months after I entered the contest, I sold the book that finaled."
Courtney Milan

Courtney Milan is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical romance. Her books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist.
Courtney lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, a medium-sized dog, and an attack cat. Before she started writing historical romance, she experimented with various occupations: computer programming, dog-training, scientificating.... But her favorite job is the one she's now doing full time--writing romance.
If you want to know when Courtney's next book will come out, please visit her website at, where you can sign up to receive an email when she has her next release.

Friday, September 5, 2014

What people are saying . . .

"In 2008, I won the historical category of the Great Expectations contest. I was really impressed by the quick turn around and highly recommend the GE. Kudos to North Texas RWA for such a well-organized contest. While my win did not lead directly to a sale, I did in fact sell the book that finaled in the GE in a three-book deal to Grand Central. All three books are slated for publication in 2011."

Vicky Dreiling
HOW TO MARRY A DUKE, January 2011

Vicky Dreiling is a confirmed historical romance junkie and Anglophile. Frequent business trips to the UK allowed her to indulge her passion for all things Regency England. Bath, Stonehenge, and Spencer House are among her favorite places. She is, however, truly sorry for accidentally setting off a security alarm in Windsor Castle. That unfortunate incident led her British colleagues to nickname her "Trouble."
When she's not writing, Vicky enjoys reading, films, concerts, and most of all, long lunches with friends. She holds degrees in English literature and marketing. A native Texan, she shares her home with her daughter and a spoiled mini-lop rabbit that lives in a slightly gnawed cardboard cottage.
Triple RITA finalist Vicky Dreiling is a confirmed historical romance junkie and Anglophile. Frequent business trips to the UK allowed her to indulge her passion for all things Regency England. Bath, Stonehenge, and Spencer House are among her favorite places. She is, however, truly sorry for accidentally setting off a security alarm in Windsor Castle. That unfortunate incident led her British colleagues to nickname her “Trouble.” Vicky is a native Texan and holds degrees in English literature and marketing. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

What people are saying . . .

"In 2005 my short contemporary manuscript, MAGGIE'S MAKEOVERS, placed second in the Great Expectations contest. From the editor's request, I went on to sell that book to Harlequin American Romance and THE MAN FOR MAGGIE was a June 2007 release. That book earned a four and a half star review from Romantic Times, and was a double nominee for a 2007 Reviewers' Choice Award. Thanks NTRWA for running such a great contest. It changed my life!"

Lee McKenzie
FIREFIGHTER DADDY, Harlequin American, July 2010
THE MAN FOR MAGGIE, Harlequin American, June 2007

From the time Lee McKenzie was ten years old and read Anne of Green Gables and Little Women, she knew she wanted to be a writer, just like Anne and Jo. In the intervening years she has written advertising copy, magazine articles and an honors thesis in paleontology, and edited conference proceedings, educational material and technical publications. Along the way, her imagination demanded a more creative outlet, and she soon discovered the world of romance. Becoming a four-time Golden Heart finalist and a Harlequin author are her proudest accomplishments yet.
Lee and her artist/teacher husband live on an island in the Pacific Northwest, and she loves to spend time with two of her best friends--her grown-up children. To find out more about Lee and her books, readers are invited to visit her at

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

What people are saying . . .

"One of my favourite contests during my unpublished years was the Great Expectations (first in Mainstream with Romantic Elements, 2006; third in Short Contemporary, 2006). There was an extra personal touch and the coordinators were so helpful regarding my entry coming from overseas. Feedback was excellent and the range of final judges was fabulous. It’s still one I recommend to friends!"

Rachel Bailey
Silhouette Desire, Jan 2010

Silhouette Desire, Feb 2010

Rachel Bailey is a lover of books, chocolate, dogs, and ice cream. Luckily, she has three dogs, an ice cream maker, a steady supply of chocolate, and bookshelves overflowing with books, so she's covered on all fronts.
Despite spending her life trying to scam more time to read, she's managed to graduate with degrees in psychology and social work, and now has her dream job - making up stories for a living.
Her books have hit the USA Today bestseller list, are published in over twenty-six countries and have been translated into sixteen languages.

She lives on a piece of paradise (ten acres of native trees on the side of a hill, within driving distance to the beach) on Australia's east coast with her own personal hero. She loves to sit with a dog or two, overlooking the trees and read books from her ever-growing to-be-read pile.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

What people are saying . . .

"I'd also like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the entire chapter. Way back when I first started writing I naively entered your contest thinking I'd blow everyone away with my superb writing. ;-) I finished second from the bottom and realized much to my chagrin I had a great deal to learn. (Bummer!) Thanks to the constructive and encouraging comments of your judges all those years ago, however, I knew what needed fixed and I worked on that. This year, I'm a finalist. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Your chapter rocks."
Dianne Burns
FRANK, INCENSE and MURIEL, 4th Place Inspirational Category

Published as Anne K. Albert

Anne K. Albert has taught high school art, sold display advertising for a weekly newspaper, and worked for a national brand water company, but now writes full time. When not at the keyboard, the award winning author enjoys traveling with her high school sweetheart husband (22 countries to date), visiting friends and family, and of course, reading using "Threegio" her cherished and much beloved Kindle! Visit her online at

What people are saying . . .

"I don't know if you'll remember me, but I won 2nd Place in the Paranormal category of the Great Expectations contest in 2006 with a manuscript entitled DEAD GIRLS ARE EASY. I'm thrilled to report that I've since sold the manuscript to Avon Books (along with the sequel, WHERE THE GHOULS ARE)! Woohoo! Thanks so much."
Terri Garey

DEAD GIRLS ARE EASY, Avon Books 2007


A Southern girl with an overactive imagination, Terri Garey writes award-winning and critically-acclaimed urban fantasy. Her novels have been described as "smoldering" by Publishers Weekly, and "sultry and upbeat" by Library Journal. Even though she's a big scaredy-cat who can't watch horror movies or visit haunted houses, she loves moonlit graveyards, moss-covered headstones and the idea that life goes on even after it's over. You can visit her on the web, friend her on Facebook and occasionally find her on Twitter. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

What people are saying . . .

"The Great Expectations is a fantastic contest to enter. I'm a three time finalist with this contest and have gotten valuable feedback as well as editor interest. I would highly recommend entering this one.”

Lindsey Brookes

American Title III Finalist

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Romance author Lindsey Brookes spent part of her life growing up in the deep south, the rest up north where winter brings in the cold and the snow. She penned her first romance, a historical, at the age of seventeen. From there she went on to join Romance Writers of America where she learned the ins and outs of the publishing business and ways to hone her craft. She switched to writing contemporary romance and has finalled in/or won more than 75 RWA chapter sponsored contests with over a dozen different manuscripts. She is also a four time RWA Golden Heart finalist as well as a past American Title III finalist and winner of Harlequin's Great American Romance Novel contest. She's married to her childhood sweetheart, her hero, with whom she has two beautiful daughters.
Check out her websites:

Sunday, August 31, 2014

What people are saying . . .

"I choose my contests carefully and Great Expectations proved to be a great pick. Even though my story didn't place with the top entries, I received excellent, constructive feedback that bolstered my belief that I'd soon be published. Now, a year later, I'm happy to say that WHERE SOULS COLLIDE (formerly Inkling) will be released this summer by Dorchester/Leisure. Thanks again for this worthwhile opportunity."

Stefanie Worth
HEAVENSENT.COM, Holiday Brides anthology, Leisure Books, October 2009
WHERE SOULS COLLIDE, Dorchester, August 2007

I write fantasy because, well, I believe in magic. From those negligible every day moments when a smile changes a stranger's mood, to those random acts of kindness that alter the course of another's life - magic surrounds us at every turn.

I've been writing practically all my life - reading even longer. The first fantasy book I remember devouring was Mio My Son by Astrid Lindgren. The story must have transformed me because I've been all about Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, Stephen King and Dean Koontz ever since. I suppose I've never lost my childhood fascination with the wonder of "what if?"

Since I grew up to be an author, writing gives me the luxury of morphing run-of-the-mill magic into bigger-than-life characters with problems and powers to match. I've fueled my imagination over the years by living a drama-filled life and scrutinizing human nature.

There's no greater feeling than making up an ordinary woman and turning her into the heroine of my book. She's always somebody from today's world who gets caught up in a supernatural situation that tests her smarts and her heart. She'll meet the challenge with grit. She'll make the tough choices. She'll change and she'll win. But the question will always be "At what cost?"
With my stories you'll see: Magic works in mysterious ways. Just believe.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

What people are saying . . .

"My manuscript which placed first in the Long Contemporary category in 2005 will be published in June 2007. Laura Shin, who was the contest judge, requested the full, and then after I revised it and resubmitted, she bought the book in October 2006 for Harlequin SuperRomance.

"I gave the Great Expectations contest a plug in my chapter loop. I thought the personal touch with your communication was amazing. The feedback was wonderfully thoughtful and right on target! I thoroughly enjoyed my GE contest experience, even before I sold the book.

"Thanks for all you do for the romance writing community!"

Ellen Hartman
WANTED MAN, Harlequin SuperRomance, June 2007
HIS SECRET PAST, Harlequin SuperRomance, May 2008

THE BOYFRIEND'S BACK, Harlequin SuperRomance, December 2009

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I've been making a living as a writer since I got my creative writing degree from Carnegie Mellon University and went to work for Microsoft. I spent fifteen years writing technical manuals no one ever read until I finally decided to take a shot at writing what I really

Friday, August 29, 2014

What people are saying . . .

"Contests can be the quickest route to an editor or agent, particularly one such as Great Expectations that has category-specific score sheets. I credit contests with helping me sell and establishing my name.”
Dianna Love
Silhouette Intimate Moments March 2005

2006 Rita® Best First Book

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New York Times bestseller Dianna Love once dangled over a hundred feet in the air to create unusual marketing projects for Fortune 500 companies. She now writes high-octane romantic thrillers, young adult (as Micah Caida) and urban fantasy. The first five books in her new Slye Temp romantic thriller series - LAST CHANCE TO RUN, NOWHERE SAFE, HONEYMOON TO DIE FOR, KISS THE ENEMY and DECEPTIVE TREASURES - all met with rave reviews. Her books are available in print, e-book and audio. On the rare occasions Dianna is out of her writing cave, she tours the country on her BMW motorcycle searching for new story locations. Dianna lives in the Atlanta, GA area with her husband who is a motorcycle instructor and with a tank full of unruly saltwater critters. or Join her Dianna Love Street Team on Facebook and get in on the fun!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

What people are saying . . .

"I needed some feedback on a new young adult novel I was writing. I decided to enter the North Texas RWA Great Expectations Contest. I was absolutely stunned when I won first place. Within three weeks of winning the contest I signed with my dream agent. She sold my novel, REVENGE OF THE HOMECOMING QUEEN, and a sequel within five days! The contest was so well run and they kept us very well informed throughout the entire process! I've also met new writing friends that I may never have found otherwise! Thanks, NTRWA!"

Stephanie Hale
TWISTED SISTERS, Berkley Jam 2008
SPRING BREAKUP, Berkley Jam 2009

THE ALPHA BET, Berkley Jam 2010

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Stephanie Hale is the author of High School Hangover, Revenge of the Homecoming Queen, Twisted Sisters, Spring Breakup, and The Alpha Bet. When she isn't writing funny stories, she is usually daydreaming about where to go on her next vacation. You can find out more about here at,, and

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What people are saying . . .

"Editor feedback is so hard to get and so very helpful when you can get it. The score sheet in The Great Expectations Contest (HEIRESS UNPLUGGED, Third, Single Title, 2006) gave me fantastic detailed editor feedback and helped me hone a book that was a totally new direction for me. I've since sold two different books to Silhouette Desire and it's hard to find a downside to selling, but I will miss being able to get unbiased feedback from contests!"

Jennifer Lewis
THE BOSS'S DEMAND, Silhouette Desire 2008

LEGACY OF PASSION, Silhouette Desire 2008

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I’ve been making up stories since the day I was born. I always loved to draw as well as write and as a child I drew graphic novellas featuring penniless but plucky Cinderella heroines. My love of daydreaming earned me the nickname “Dozy Duck” in Kindergarten, and I still consider staring into space to be a constructive activity.

I've now published  more than twenty books, which have been translated into twenty-two languages. Since moving to South Florida, I have become addicted to kayaking and paddle boarding on the deliciously warm waters. The lush natural environment and its endless variety of flora and fauna provide the perfect backdrop for dreaming up stories of passion and romance.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

What people are saying . . .

"Even though I didn't sell through a contest, I received some great feedback, especially from Great Expectations, but the way contests helped me the most is by being a judge. I had way too much back story in my book and even though people told me, it didn’t sink in. As a judge I saw other people making the same mistake I had over and over. That’s what gave me the kick in the pants to go in and cut all of my back story. So, don’t be shy about judging. It can be as good for your career as entering."

Lori Devoti
LOVE IS ALL AROUND, Zebra May 2005

Lori Devoti worked for three different newspapers in two different states before deciding to stay home with her children and begin writing fiction. The author of urban fantasy, contemporary romance and paranormal romance, Lori has been a finalist for many awards including the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award. She lives near Madison, Wisconsin with her husband and children as well as two dogs.

Monday, August 25, 2014

What people are saying . . .

"Great Expectations seems to run like a well-oiled machine (at least it seems that way from my end). Although I didn't final, I can't think of a contest in which I've received better feedback and suggestions (2006 entry). Most of them will help me to stretch and grow. Since judging is such a subjective thing, I think your judges are very professional in the way they present their comments. Thank you again. I hope you'll allow me to enter next year! I wish I lived a bit closer, I'd love to be part of your chapter!"

Tina Joyce


Tina Beckett published in 2012
Harlequin, Mills & Boon author and a three-time Golden Heart® finalist, Tina Beckett is the product of a Navy upbringing. Always on the move, her travels often took her outside of the United States, where English reading material was scarce. Her supply of books eventually ran out, and she started writing her own stories, fashioned after the romance novels she'd loved through the years. She finished that first book and moved on to the next. After the fourth manuscript, she realized there was no going back...she was officially a writer.

When not in the middle of her latest book, Tina enjoys crafting stained glass panels, riding horses and hiking with her family. Fluent in Portuguese, she divides her time between Brazil and the United States and loves to use exotic locales as the backdrop for many of her stories. You can learn more about Tina at her website: or find her hanging out on Facebook or twitter.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

What people are saying . . .

"Thanks to everyone behind the Great Expectations contest for your helpful critiques and comments on my 2005 entry. I received a two-book publishing contract shortly thereafter, and my entry, Blue Collar Guys (retitled GOOD WITH HIS HANDS), was a 2006 release."

 Alexa Darin
GOOD WITH HIS HANDS, Kensington September 2006

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Alexa Darin grew up in the small town (not so small now) of Kirkland, Washington, where she spent her adolescent years dreaming of a boy who eventually inspired her to write romance. Today, she spends her days honing her craft, hiking with her two yellow labs, and thinking up ways to keep the critters out of her garden.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

What people are saying . . .

"As an unpublished writer (strike one) with a Western historical to sell (strike two), I've had a very hard time getting agents to request more of my work. When I saw that the Great Expectations final judge was one of my target editors, I took matters into my own hands. I ended up with first place, and a request for a full manuscript."

Pamela Hathaway
1st Place Historical Category 2006

Thursday, August 21, 2014

We're gearing up for the 2015 contest.

If you are a past winner or finalist who has a success story
...we'd love to feature it here.

Friday, March 21, 2014


NTRWA thanks all the contestants, first round judges and final round editors for making the 2014 Great Expectations Contest a success. Best of luck to all on their road of publication. ~Angi

MEGAN LONG, Associate Editor, Harlequin Publishing                                        
First: *Small Town Nurse, Surprise Pregnancy by Jill Kay Quincy    
Second: **A Pinch of Cinnamon by Tanya Agler             
Third: Mistress of the Manor by Jen Arnold          
Honorable Mention: All I Need Is The Girl by Joanne Dannon 
Honorable Mention: Blackmailing the Country Music Star by Jessica Davidson

CHELSEY EMMELHAINZ, Assistant Editor, William Morrow Avon                       
First:  The Heretic's Daughter by Jessica Trapp  
Second:  Sure Shot Annie by Kari Bovee           
Third:  The Caged Heart by Carla Swafford
Honorable Mention:  Not Your Average Beauty by Michelle Helliwell  

RAELA SCHOENHERR, Fiction Acquisitions, Bethany House                     
First: Kept by Sally Bradley    
First:  The Elephant's Secret by Walt Mussell   
Third:  Heart of Valor by Natalie Monk 
Honorable Mention:  A Twisted Trail by Betty Woods   

ALEX LOGAN, Editor, Grand Central Publishing/Forever 
First: *First Blush by Jennifer Sanchez      
Second:  Dead Man's Carve by Kym Roberts         
Third:  Blue Sun, Yellow Sky by Jamie Hoang  
Honorable Mention: Where You Belong by Susan Dunn

ELIZABETH POTEET, Assistant Editor, St. Martin's Press           
First: **The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen   
Second:  Vengeance by Kym Roberts            
Third:   Sanguis Donum by Robin Nelson 
Honorable Mention:  Diary of an Almost Dead Girl by Samantha Lennon  

LAURA FAZIO, Assistant Editor, NAL/Penguin Group       
First:  Undercover by Linda Bond  
Second:  Seducing the Enemy by Ellen Lindseth          
Third:  The Deep End by Julie Mulhern    
Honorable Mention:  Images by Patricia Dane  

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MADELEINE COLAVITA, Editorial Assistant, Grand Central Publishing
First: *Wild in Her Eyes by Laura Trentham   
Second: *Welcome Home, Katie Gallagher  by Seana Kelly         
Third:   Love In Living Color by Shelly C. Alexander     
Honorable Mention:  Finding Mr. Wrong by Lisa Houghton  

KRISTINE SWARTZ, Editorial Assistant, Berkley Publishing Group
First: *The Illusion of Truth by Dawn Alexander 
Second:  Watchtower by J. Hover          
Third: **Recurve by Lisa Fenley  
Honorable Mention: Sucker Punching Magic by Mia Jo Celeste   

JULIE MIANECKI, Editorial Assistant, Berkley Publishing Group
First: *The Bright Side of the Moon by Jo McAlister
Second:  Burn Me Once by Jo McAlister   
Third:  Alien and the Beast by Amy Paulshock
Third: Sucker Punching Magic by Mia Jo Celeste  
**Partial requested
*Full requested

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