2016 Emma Merritt Writing Contest

The 2016 Emma Merritt Writing Contest, sponsored by the San Antonio Romance Authors, also known as SARA, is now accepting entries.

I remember when I met Emma Merritt many years ago. She was well-known in romance circles and often spoke at workshops and conferences. She was often funny and seemed to never meet a stranger. I love the fact that this contest is named in honor of her.


The 2016 Emma Merritt Competition is opened to published and unpublished authors. Each entry must be an unpublished work – it cannot be published or under contract in any form or format, not in digital or print prior to the entry deadline.
November 30, 2016, midnight, Central time zone – Deadline for submissions. Contest Closes.

Categories and Final Judges

Piya Campana, Senior Editor, Harlequin Super Romance
Jill Marsal of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Tara Cuskaden, Editorial Director, Entangled Select-Otherworlds
Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Agency

Patience Bloom, Senior Editor, Harlequin Suspense;
Marisa Corvisiero of the Corvisiero Literary Agency

Tara Gavin, Executive Editor, Kensington Publishing Corp.
Robin Haseltine, Senior Editor, Entangled

Angela James, Editor in Chief, Carina Press
Sara Megibow, KT Literary, LLC

Women’s Fiction:
Susan Litman, Senior Editor, Harlequin Special Editions
Danielle Marshall, Editorial Director, Lake Union Publishing, an imprint of Amazon Publishing

Raela Schoenherr, Acquiring Editor, Bethany House/Baker
Cori Deyoe of 3 Seas Literary Agency

Young Adult (YA):
Susan Chang, Senior Editor, Tor/Tor Teen
Louise Fury of the Jenny Bent Literary Agency


November 30, 2016, midnight, CST.

Entry Fee

USD $35.00 via PayPal.

For more information, visit the contest page of their website. You may also contact Laura or Suanne at saramerritt.coord @ gmail.com.

Takeaway Truth

This is a reputable contest that is well-known. Take a chance and enter.

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