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THE HOTR CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED AND ALL ENTRIES ARE WITH THE JUDGES! FINALISTS WILL BE DETERMINED AND ANNOUNCED SOON.
The HOTR contest has been extended.
The new deadline is midnight on Friday, August 17, 2012!!!
Colorado Romance Writers is pleased to announce the 2012 Heart of the Rockies Contest for unpublished writers. Numerous past Heart of the Rockies entrants have gone on to publish their works in book-length fiction. This year, there will be nine categories with achievement awards given in each.
Entries are limited to the first 215 received. Any entries received after the limit is reached will be rejected and returned to the owner.
Each entry will be judged by two experienced judges. Entrants will receive one written critique and two comprehensive evaluations of their work based on twenty different potential problem areas. Each category uses an individualized score sheet for its particular genre.
Manuscripts that qualify for the final round will be judged by select editors or agents. All finalists will be notified via phone or email no later than September 10, 2012.
The First Place winner in each category will receive a cash prize of $25.00. In addition, winners will be announced in the Romance Writers Report. All finalists will receive a achievement certificate.
The entry deadline has been extended to midnight, Friday, August 17, 2012. Any entries received after that time will be disqualified and returned to their owners.
SAVE POSTAGE, PAPER, AND PRINTING COSTS!
THE HOTR IS AN ALL ELECTRONIC CONTEST! NO PAPER SUBMISSIONS!
By submitting electronically, the person entering the contest understands that submission constitutes a signature. If paying by check, send by snail mail to:
Colorado Romance Writers,
P. O. Box 448
Eastlake, CO 80614-0448
Names MUSTnot appear anywhere on the submission entry or synopsis.
YOUNG ADULTNovels with a romantic element aimed at teen and young adult readers. Proposed length - 40,000 words or more. (Examples: TOR, Kensington)
SHORT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCESeries romance novels that focuses primarily on the romantic relationship. Proposal length - less than 60,000 words. (Examples: Harlequin Presents, Romance and Temptation; Silhouette Desire and Romance; Avalon)
LONG CONTEMPORARY ROMANCESeries romance novels that focuses primarily on the romantic relationship. Proposed length - more than 60,000 words. (Examples: Harlequin American, SuperRomance, Silhouette Special Edition)
SINGLE TITLE ROMANCEContemporary romantic novels not printed as part of a series. Proposed length - 60,000 words or more. (Examples: Mira, Avon)
ROMANTIC SUSPENSEContemporary novels that contain a strong element of suspense or mystery mixed with romance. This may include gothic-style romances if they are set in modern times. Proposed length - 60,000 words or more.
HISTORICAL ROMANCENovels that feature romance in time periods other than the present. Most editors consider historicals as books set in times prior to World War II. Proposed length - 60,000 words or more. Note: Entrants submitting Gothics will have to decide whether their entries fit better here or in the Suspense category. (Examples: Avon, Zebra, Harlequin Historicals, and all Regency lines)
PARANORMAL/TIME TRAVEL/FUTURISTIC/FANTASYNovels that mix romance with elements of the paranormal, time travel or fantasy. Proposed length - 60,000 words or more. (Examples: Love Spell, Jove Time Passages, Magical Love)
INSPIRATIONAL ROMANCENovels featuring an inspirational message of personal religious faith conveyed as a major element of the plot and not used as a plot device or subplot. Proposed length - 60,000 words or more. Examples: Love Inspired, Waterbrook Press, Palisades, Barbour/Heart Songs, Multnomah Publishers)
MAINSTREAM WITH ROMANTIC ELEMENTS A work of fiction not belonging in another category that contains a strong romantic element, such that one or more romances contained in the story form an integral part of the story’s structure, but in which other themes or stories may also be significantly developed. Proposed length - 60,000 words or more. Note:The synopsis may be critical in judging the Mainstream category if the Hero/Heroine do not meet in the first 30 pages and if the romance is not yet introduced.
All awards for the HOTR contest will be announced at CRWs Anniversary and Romance Lover's Tea on Saturday, October 13, 2012.
The first place winner in each category will receive a $25 cash prize and will be announced in the Romance Writers Report. All finalists will receive a certificate.
FINAL ROUND JUDGES
CRW is proud to present the following final round judges:
Mainstream w/Romantic Elements