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West Houston RWA Contest Now Open

Looking to test drive a new writing project? West Houston Romance Writers of America's Emily contest is one of the best, with great feedback, top-tier finals judges (editors and agents) and many, many finalists going on to sell over the years.

Also, the contest is open to both published and unpublished writers. (Published authors eligible in categories in which they haven't previously published or haven't published within the last five years.)

Check the website via the links below for more details. Here's the official release:

The 2013 Emily Contest opens for submissions this Saturday, September 1st, 2012 and closes at midnight, September 30, 2012.

For more information and to enter:

* All Electronic ~ Fee: $30 (WHRWA members $20) * No synopsis ~ maximum of 7,000 words * Three first-round judges ~ lowest score dropped * Open to published authors (not published in category for three years) * Multiple entries allowed * Entries capped at the first 240 entries received

Final Round Judges: Contemporary Single Title: * Agent ~ Stephany Evans, FinePrint Literary Management * Editor ~ Katherine Pelz, The Berkley Publishing Group

Contemporary Series: * Agent ~ Scott Eagan, Greyhaus Literary Agency * Editor ~ Susan Litman, Harlequin Enterprises

Erotic Romance: * Agent ~ Roberta Brown, Brown Literary Agency * Editor ~ Chelsey Emmelhainz, Editorial Asst. Avon Harper Collins

Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal: * Agent ~ Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency * Editor ~ Jennifer Lawler, Crimson Romance /Adams Media

Historical: * Agent ~ Jessica Alvarez, Bookends, LLC * Editor ~ Leah Hultenschmidt, Sourcebooks

Novel with Elements of Romance (including Women's Fiction): * Agent ~ Suzie Townsend, Nancy Coffee Literary & Media Rep * Editor ~ Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks

Romantic Suspense: * Agent ~ Karen Solem, Spencerhill Literary * Editor ~ Patience Bloom, Harlequin Enterprises

Young Adult: * Agent ~ Pam van Hylckama Vlieg, Larsen Pomoda Literary Agents * Editor ~ Aubrey Poole, Associate Editor, Sourcebooks

Best of the Best: * Overall contest winner receives a cash prize of $100

* Judge ~ Karla Hodde, Katy Budget Books

Questions? Email:


Jo Anne Banker

Emily Contest Co-Chair


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