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The Great Expectations Contest is for unpublished material, to include works from unpublished authors as well as unpublished works from published authors (if you are a published author, please see the 2018 Rules for details.)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




Friday, February 17, 2017

PERMISSION TO FORWARD GRANTED AND ENCOURAGED

The North Texas Romance Writers of America Chapter is proud to announce the
2017 Great Expectations Finalists

Congratulations to all who entered and put your work in the hands of strangers.
Best of Luck to the finalists as they submit their work to our final round editors.
*denotes double finalist
(Listed in alphabetical order by title)

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

Discovering Serenity by Haley Burke
How a Heart Beats by Stacie Kaye
Take Me Away by Jessie Gussman*
What He Wants by Jessie Gussman*                                   

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

The Art of the Deal by Suzanne Turner
Love’s Redemption by Jeanine Englert*
The Runaway Bride by Elizabeth King
The Seduction of Mrs. Smith by Elizabeth Everett

INSPIRATIONAL
Final Round Editor:  Raela Schoenherr, Acquisitions Editor, Bethany House Publishers

At Bealtaine’s Bidding by Mary-Teresa Heath
Fresh Brewed Love by Amanda Wen
Stolen Vows by Darlene L Turner
A Texas Lady by Elizabeth Lukinuk

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

The Nine Lives of Eric Merry by Aubrey Wynne
Simple Acts of Grace by Adriana Allegri
Soul Song by Rayn Ellis
What Would Ginger Do? by Kimberly MacCarron*

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

Emerald:  Drone by Alan Chaput
Forbidden Paradise by Barbara Forlenza
Hit and Run by Lori Matthews
Lovely Digits by Jeanine Englert*

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

Game On by PJ Ryley
Miracle on Tenth Avenue by Gabrielle Luthy
Take the Lead by Alexis Daria
Tame My Racing Heart by Kelly Duff

SPECIALIZED (Alternate Earth, Dystopian, Fantasy, Futuristic, Paranormal, Time Travel)
Final Round Editor:  Kristine Swartz, Associate Editor, The Berkley Publishing Group
Awaken the Dragon by Christal Murphy
Bless Your Heart, and Other Southern Curses by Heather Leonard
Leap of Fate by Kimberly MacCarron*
Praetorian Rising by Lisa Knight

YOUNG ADULT 
Final Round Editor: Alice Jerman, Associate Editor, HarperCollins
 All the Feels by Kimberly MacCarron*
Covenant Park by Christine Gunderson
Loving Outside the Lines by Kimberly MacCarron*
Mouthful by C.R. Grissom
Unconditional by Kimberly MacCarron*

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL GREAT EXPECTATIONS FINALISTS!

Fenley Grant
2017 Great Expectations Contest Chair
GECoordinator@NTRWA.org
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