Contest Season begins. . .

20th Annual Duel on the Delta Contesst
Posted by: “dmsigee” dmsigee
Date: Sun Jan 2, 2011 7:43 am ((PST))

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River City Romance Writers – 20th Annual Duel on the Delta Contest

Fee: $20.00 non RCRW members, $10 RCRW members

Deadline: March 15, 2011

Eligibility: Open to unpublished writers and to any author who has not
been published in the past five years, and/or contracted within the last three
years for any novel-length work of fiction (40,000+words) in any format
(ebook, mass market, etc.).

Entry: first twenty (20) pages (plus optional, one page, non-judged
synopsis); electronic entries only.

Categories and Final Judges:

For more information, please visit: www.rivercityromancewritersDOTorg or
contact the contest coordinator at duelonthedelta@yahooDOTcom.
Contemporary – Deborah Nemeth, Carina Press
Historical – Liz Bass, Carina Press
Inspirational – Sarah Long, Bethany House
Paranormal/Urban Fantasy – TBD, Samhain Publishing
Romantic Suspense – Keyren Gerlach, Harlequin
Young Adult – TBD

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2. March 12 – Southern Lights Conference
Posted by: “Charlie Allden” charlie_allden
Date: Sun Jan 2, 2011 8:22 am ((PST))


First Coast Romance Writers announces an action-packed event:

The Annual Southern Lights Conference – Light Up Your Career!

March 12, 2011

Special Guest Speaker: New York Times Best-selling author CL Wilson

Featured Agent: Emmanuelle Morgan, Judith Erlich Literary Management

Featured Editor: Tessa Woodward of Avon

Featured FCRW Author: Award-winning Harlequin author, Renee Ryan

Featured Local Author: Award-winning author and regional director of the
Florida Writer’s Association, Vic DiGenti

A full day of workshops, industry panels, optional pitch appointments,
critique raffles, and lunch.

Conference Location
Jacksonville Marriott Hotel
4670 Salisbury Rd.
Jacksonville, FL 32250

Early bird registration is now open!

Fees (full lunch included):
Early bird registration by Jan. 31st – $75 members, $95 non-members
Regular registration – $90 members, $110 non-members

See for more information and to

Questions? Email

3. BDRWA Chapter Online Class for February 2011
Posted by: “mrsgodiva” mrsgodiva2000
Date: Sun Jan 2, 2011 6:32 pm ((PST))

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The Black Diamond Chapter of RWA Presents

***February Class #1***

StoryTelling and FolkTales

Class takes place: January 31st – February 27th, 2011

Cost: $20 BDRWA members/ $25 non-members

Storytelling and Folk Tales

Instructor: Masha Holl

Class Info:

Old-World Storytelling, Old-Fashioned Structure

Before there was Joseph Campbell, there was Vladimir Propp, and before
Propp, there were the storytellers themselves. What can we learn from them?

Translating it to modern tales

How we tell our tales

Story is still everything (without a plot you don’t have a book)

A story well told will get you read again (the art of writing)

Knowing your audience

Professional writers

Structure and expectations (the HEA in romance)

Instructor’s Bio:

Masha Holl was raised on magic tales, Russian literature, Mozart, Verdi,
and French cuisine. Today, she writes romantic science fiction and
fantasy-that’s werewolves, spaceships, and alien universes-to the sounds of Metal
Rock. Romance brought her to America, so expect love and happy endings in her

Her novella The Brightest Heaven and her short story The Joining are
available now from The Wild Rose Press.

Masha Holl also offers online workshops and web services for writers. Look
her up on the web at and

For more info: click on online classes

Or contact

4. CONTEST: Chicago North-RWA’s Fire and Ice 2011
Posted by: “knightpamala” knightpamala
Date: Sun Jan 2, 2011 8:42 pm ((PST))

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Are you ready for the New Year?

Does your novel light a FIRE in the reader’s heart?

Do the pages sizzle with enough heat to melt ICE?

Then take a look at what the 13th annual Chicago North Fire and Ice
Contest has to offer you!!

The Fire and Ice contest is all electronic and limited to the first 120
entries. The contest opens on January 1, 2011 , and extends until Feb 16.
Finalists will be announced in April. Winners will be announced at the RWA
National convention in June. First place winners in each category receive
$30. All finalists will be listed in the RWR magazine.

First Round judging is done by two judges, at least one of which is a
published author. Chicago North is a critique chapter; all members have
received training in providing productive feedback.

The top three entries in each category move to the final round and go
before the the following judges:

Historical Romance: Jenny Bent, The Bent Agency
Paranormal Romance: Lindsay Faber, Samhaim
Series Romance: Victoria Curran, Harlequin SuperRomance
Single Title: Angela James, Carina Press
Women’s Fiction with Romantic Elements: Alex Logan, Grand Central
Young Adult: Naomi Hackenberg, Elaine English Agency
The decisions of all judges are final.
All contest entrants must be 18 years of age by the contest entry deadline
date and sign an electronic entry and waiver form.

No author can have signed a publishing contract for novel-length romantic
fiction (regardless of publisher) within five years of the contest deadline
( 2-16-11 ).

Chicago North members are NOT eligible to enter the Fire and Ice Contest.

Previous winners and finalists may not re-enter the same manuscript, even
in edited format. They may, however, enter another manuscript.

A non-refundable entry fee of $25 for RWA members, $30 for non-RWA members
is required for each entry. Payment must be made via PayPal.

For more information visit

Questions? Email B. A. Binns, contest coordinator:

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Posted by: “lesliemarshman” lesliemarshman
Date: Sun Jan 2, 2011 9:02 pm ((PST))



Just resolve to enter Houston Bay Area RWA’s 2010 JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS
COVER CONTEST by January 15, and voila! With just a few easy steps, you can
check this one off your list. And just think about how good you’ll feel about

Entry Deadline: Entries must be received by January 15, 2011

Entry Fee: $15

Eligibility: Published in 2010

Enter: The cover of your book or novella published by a traditional
house, ePublisher, POD or self-published during 2010

Entry Format: Electronic files (JPG or GIF) only

Categories: Contemporary Series, Single Title/Mainstream, Historical,
Romantic Suspense, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Paranormal, and Sexiest Cover

Judges: Booksellers in North America, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and

Top Prize: Winners will be featured in a full-page color ad on the
inside front cover of the April Romance Writers Report

FMI, entry form and rules, visit our website at or
contact Leslie Marshman at: judgeabook@ hbarwa. com (deleting

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6. Killer Instinct Online Course for February 2011 – Writing with the A
Posted by: “kathywrits” kathywrits
Date: Sun Jan 2, 2011 9:26 pm ((PST))

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RWA’s Mystery/Suspense Chapter is pleased to announce our COFFIN College
of Felony and Intrigue KILLER INSTINCT online workshop for the month of
February 2011.

WORKSHOP: Writing with the Anxiety Curve

CLASS DESCRIPTION: Living Creatures survive because they respond to
threats to their status quo. Human beings have the capacity to reason HOW they
need to respond by considering the potential consequences of their choices.
Stress causes many degrees of anxiety according to the person’s awareness
of those consequences. Thus human beings function somewhere on “The Anxiety
Curve” with uncaring Apathy at one end and totally thoughtless Panic at the
other. Normal humans day-in, day-out swing from one side of the curve to
the other, never lingering, always seeking balance that has been disrupted
by change. But the magic of good storytelling is that the writer can REALLY
disrupt the balance and challenge the character. The responses to that
challenge is the story.

Lesson Format:
• Definitions
• Elaboration
• Examples
• Definitive Directives
• Concluding Exercises

Sally’s responses to posted questions will be shared with the entire
student list, though students can ask questions of her off-list.

INSTRUCTOR: Sally J. Walker

When Sally Walker started her full-time writing career over twenty years
ago, she quickly won acclaim for her stage plays & screenplays,
internationally published poetry, non-fiction, and fiction. lists her
novels, as well as two adult literacy anthologies, TELL ME OF LOVE and THE REAL
WEST, containing her work. She alternates her present writing schedule
between a YA nursing series called “The Caregiver Chronicles,” a Christian
western romance, and screenplay adaptations of several of her seasonal romantic
short stories as requested by her agent.

KILLERINSTINCT workshops encompass writing and craft topics.

**PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE 27TH day of the month PRIOR to the start
of the COFFIN class. Cost of each Workshop is (Currently) $15.00 US for
KOD Members, $30.00 US for non-KOD Members. (RWA membership NOT required to
take the course).

For more information check out our website at

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7. Murder One Online Course for February 2011 – Freeze or Name Your Ben
Posted by: “kathywrits” kathywrits
Date: Sun Jan 2, 2011 9:31 pm ((PST))

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RWA’s Mystery/Suspense Chapter is pleased to announce our COFFIN College
of Felony and Intrigue MURDER ONE online Workshop for the month of February

WORKSHOP: Freeze or Name Your Beneficiary

CLASS DESCRIPTION: In Freeze or Name Your Beneficiary, John Foxjohn takes
a comprehensive look at the areas of law enforcement, police procedures,
and homicide investigations that writers need and ask about continuously.

INSTRUCTOR: John Foxjohn

John Foxjohn epitomizes the phrase “been there-done that.” Born and raised
in the rural East Texas town of Nacogdoches, John quit high school and
joined the Army at seventeen-Viet Nam veteran, Army Airborne Ranger, policeman
and homicide detective, retired teacher and coach, and now a
multi-published author.

John uses his extensive experience, as well as meticulous research, to
write his suspenseful, true-to-life novels with seemingly real characters who
tell his stories.

John is a member of Romance Writers of America, Northwest Houston chapter
of RWA, Elements of Romance, Kiss of Death, Lethal Ladies,
Sisters-in-Crime, East Texas Writers Guild, League of Texas Writers, and more online
writing groups than he can count. He is a full time writer and speaker and lives
in Lufkin , Texas , but travels extensively across the U.S.

**PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE 27TH day of the month PRIOR to the start
of the COFFIN class. Cost of each workshop is (Currently) $15.00 US for
KOD Members, $30.00 US for non-KOD Members (RWA membership NOT required to
take the course).

For more information check out our website at

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Melba Moon –President–KOD _http://www.rwamysterysuspense.org_
( _www.pinkfuzzyslipperwriters.blogspot.com_

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