Joyce Henderson Writing Contest for Unpublished Manuscripts

The Joyce Henderson Writing Contest, sponsored by Southwest Florida Romance Writers, is now open.


Submit first 20 pages of an unpublished manuscript featuring romantic elements and a 1-page, single-spaced, unjudged synopsis.

Deadline: October 9, 2016.

Categories and Judges

Contemporary (including Women’s Fiction)
Editor: Sue Grimshaw, Penguin Random House
Agent: Nalini Akolekar, Spencerhill Associates

Editor: Lee Lawless, Tor/Forge Publishing
Agent: Dawn Dowdle, Blue Ridge Literary Agency

Paranormal/Science Fiction/Fantasy
Editor: Georgia Woods, Hartwood Publishing
Agent: Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency

Young Adult
Editor: Mary Altman, Sourcebooks
Agent: Sara Megibow, KT Literary Agency

Romantic Suspense
Editor: Junessa Viloria, Penguin Random House
Agent: Jessica Waterson, Dijkstra Agency

Editor: Susan Brower, Gilead Publishing
Agent: Julie Gwinn, The Seymour Agency


• Unpublished authors
• Traditional or self-published authors who have not published in the category they’re entering within past 5 years
• Entries must be the author’s original work that has not been published or contracted to be published.
• Entrants need not be members of RWA.
• All English-language entries are welcome.

Takeaway Truth

This is a well-known contest. For more information, please visit Joyce Henderson Contest and/or Southwest Florida Romance Writers.

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