One of my RWA chapters is the Northwest Houston RWA. They are the host of the prestigious Lone Star Writing Competition which is now open. Here are the details.
17th Annual Lone Star Writing Competition
Entry Fee: $20 NWH members; $25 non-NWH members
Postmark Deadline: June 5, 2009, arrive by June 12, 2009.
Electronic Deadline: must arrive by midnight June 5, 2009.
Any entries received after the deadline will be returned unopened or deleted unopened.
Finalists announced: August 20, 2009.
Winners announced: October 24, 2009, at the Lone Star Conference.
Eligibility: Unpublished may enter any category. Published may enter any category in which they're not published, or in which they've not been contracted for five years. Open to RWA and non-RWA members.
Enter: First 25 pages, including prologue, if desired. All entries must be in the standard submission form: 1" margins all around, 12 pt. font, double space, 25 lines per page.
All entries will be sent to three first round judges: two published authors and one unpublished author. The lowest score will be tossed and final round contestants will be chosen by the combined total of the final two scores.
Top three high scorers in each category will be category finalists. Those entries will be sent to both an agent and an editor for placement.
Editor Jessica Barnes, WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group
Agent Tamela Hancock Murray, Hartline Literary
Young Adult Category:
Editor Kat O'She, The Wild Rose Press
Romantic Suspense Category:
Editor Lindsay Nouis, New American Library
Agent Lois Winston, Ashley Grayson Literary Agency
Contemporary Series Category:
Editor Wanda Ottewell, Harlequin
Agent Sha-Shana Crichton, Crichton Literary Agency
Single Title Category:
Agent Paige Wheeler, Folio Literary Management
Editor Alicia Condon, Dorchester
Agent Michelle Grajkowski, 3 Seas Literary Agency
Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Category:
Editor Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks
Agent Tina Wexler, International Creative Management
For any questions or for more info, contact 2009 Contest Chairwoman Melinda Porter at "bdogs80 at aol dot com."
Contests judged by Editors and Agents are a good way to get your work in front of the people who can make things happen in your career.