Monday, April 26, 2010

Ignite the Flame -- Unpublished Author Contest

Looking for the perfect contest for your novel? Here is one of the best. It is available to any unpublished author.  Find out more details for submission at http://www.cofw.org/

CENTRAL OHIO FICTION WRITERS
17th Annual Ignite the Flame Contest
A rewarding contest for unpublished writers!


The sparkling dazzle of a roman candle, the white-hot brilliance of summer lightning, the slow smolder of a winter fire, or the breath-taking inferno of a wildfire--Whatever sort of heat you're building between your hero and heroine, it all begins with the spark of their first meeting. The Ignite the Flame Contest is designed to help you polish that critical scene so that it crackles with romantic energy! Electronic and paypal available.

Winners: First place winner in each category receives $25. The top three manuscripts in each category with a average score of 80 will go to:

Young Adult: Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Agency

Category-Length Contemporary: Elizabeth Mazer, Steeple Hill/Silhouette

Erotic Romance: Deb Werksmen, Executive Editor, Sourcebooks

Historical Romance: Susannah Taylor, Richard Henshaw Group

Paranormal Romance: Michelle Grajkowski, Three Seas Literary Agency

Single Title Contemporary: Leis Pederson, Berkley Publishing Group

Suspense Romance - Esi Sogah, Avon Books, Harper Collins

Qualifications: Contest open to all writers of romance fiction unpublished in book-length fiction. COFW recognizes e-books and print-on-demand books as publications.

Submission: 15 pages max of your hero and heroines first meet or reunion meet scene and an optional one page unjudged set-up.

Fee: COFW $22, all others $27

Deadline: May 8, 2010

Look what a past contestant and Golden Heart® winner said:

"ITF has been very helpful for me. Several times I've entered and received wonderful feedback that helped my manuscripts shine. More than once I've received requests from top editors through this contest and in 2008 I ended up making my first sale to one of these publishers. Thanks, COFW, for putting on a great contest!"

--Susan Gee Heino, 2008 Golden Heart® winner, Regency Historical Category, MISTRESS BY MISTAKE 2009, Berkley Publishing