The Golden Rose is one of the few contests that allows entrants a high submission page count. Since most agents and editors request partials with a query, our contest affords the best opportunity for a real-world critique for your potential submission. Many of our finalists receive requests from the final judges and many of those have gone on to secure agents and publishing contracts. In addition, all entrants receive:
Three comprehensive critiques from the first round judges. Judges are highly encouraged to make detailed, constructive comments explaining their scores.
Score sheets are returned to entrants in time for them to revise manuscripts before the Golden Heart entry deadline, allowing you time to polish your entry based on informed feedback before you enter.
Category finalists get one week after notification of status to review their entries before they are sent to the final round judges thereby increasing the potential of a full request.
First Place Winners in each category will be offered a free chapter membership. In addition each first place winner will receive a one-of-a-kind handcrafted rose pendant necklace.
All finalists receive a beautiful certificate they can proudly show off their placing as well as a lovely banner for their websites.
Winners will be announced on the RCRW website and in the Romance Writers Report (RWR).
The top score overall wins a gorgeous, gold-plated American Beauty rose.
CATEGORIES & FINAL ROUND JUDGES
Contemporary Series - Susan Litman, Editor, Harlequin
Single Title Contemporary - Megan Records, Editor, Kensington
Historical - Emmanuelle Alspaugh, Agent, Judith Ehrlich Literary Management
Paranormal, Fantasy, and Futuristic - Alexandra Machinist, Agent, Linda Chester Literary Agency
Romantic Suspense - Kristin Sevick, Editor, Tor
Young Adult - Andrea Somberg, Agent, Harvey Klinger, Inc.
Novel w/Strong Romantic Elements - Amberly Finarelli, Agent, Andrea Hurst & Associates
Full Details are available at: http://www.rosecityromancewriters.com/contest.html