Archive for the ‘Contests’ Category

Win a Kindle for your kid!

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Win a Kindle for your kid…so they’ll leave yours alone!

Do you love your Kindle? Do you have kids who love it too? Well, now you can win them one of their own loaded with the hottest Indie Middle Grade and Young Adult books. All you have to do is sign up below.  Additional entries can be obtained by Tweeting (#kindleindiependence) about the event, and ‘Liking’ the event on its Facebook page.

The winner will be chosen on July Fourth. Be sure to check out the participating books and authors.


Grand Prize: 1 FREE Kindle with all authors’ books loaded on to it.

First Place: 1 FREE copy of each eBook

Second Place: 10 FREE eBooks of their choice

Third place: 5 FREE eBooks of their choice


Enter HERE:


Speed Dating with Deidre Knight: A writing contest

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Do you have a completed manuscript?

Are you looking for an agent?

Do the words The Knight Agency give you happy tingles?

Now’s your chance to have your work read by Deidre Knight, agency president and founder.

From the Knight Agency Blog:

What are you asking Santa for this year? A cashmere sweater? Flat screen TV? What about a gift that keeps on giving well into the New Year and beyond – literary representation?

Knight Agency president and founder Deidre Knight is on the hunt for a fresh, unique voice to add to her personal client roster. Are you the one she’s looking for? Find out by joining us here on The Knight Agency blog for “Speed Dating with Deidre.” Beginning Tuesday, November 30th, Deidre will whittle down the first 125 entries to one lucky winner.* The contest opens at 8:00am ET right here on the blog, so set your alarms!

Oh, and there’s a special bonus, one randomly drawn winner will receive a first chapter critique from Deidre – drawn from all entries.**

Get all the details at The Knight Agency Blog.
Good luck!

Writing Contest: The Cleopatra Literary Contest for Young Women

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

The Cleopatra Literary Contest for Young Women

Established and sponsored by Stephanie Dray, this literary competition is aimed at discovering, mentoring, and publishing young, aspiring female writers. In particular, we wish to foster new voices with an appreciation for women’s history. The contest is named after the inspirational Cleopatra VII of Egypt, who was, herself, an author of books about cosmetics, pharmacology and weights and measures.


  • Teen Category Grand Prize:  Either $100 USD cash or a brand new E-reader, in addition to a certificate, a feature article on Ms. Dray’s blog and in her newsletter, a one month writing mentorship with Ms. Dray, and a critique from NY literary agent, Jennifer Schober of Spencerhill Associates.
  • Young Women Category Grand Prize: Either $100 USD cash or a brand new E-reader, in addition to a certificate, a feature article on Ms. Dray’s blog and in her newsletter, a one month writing mentorship and a critique from NY literary agent, Jennifer Schober of Spencerhill Associates.
  • Finalists Prize:  Constructive feedback from publishing industry professionals, mentions on Ms. Dray’s blog and in her newsletter, a certificate, and a free book supplied by Ms. Dray and affiliated authors.


  • Females between the ages of 13-18 for the teen category
  • Females between the ages of 19-22 for the young women’s category
  • This is an international contest, so writers outside of the US are eligible


“Selene’s life is a lesson to us that the trajectory of women’s equality hasn’t always been a forward march. In some ways the ancients were more advanced than we are today; there have been setbacks before and may be more in the future.”

~Stephanie Dray

This year’s submissions must echo themes explored in Ms. Dray’s novel, LILY OF THE NILE, including, but not limited to:

  • The world of Cleopatra Selene
  • Women in Ancient History
  • Female Spirituality
  • Gender Roles then and Now
  • Survival vs. Honor
  • The True Meaning of Home
  • Courage & Ambition
  • Betrayal & Forgiveness
  • Secrets & Deceit

Contest Rules

  • Entrants retain all publication rights
  • No entry fee is required; no purchase required
  • Awards will be judged by published authors and publishing professionals
  1. Short stories, essays, poems and excerpts from novels and novellas are all welcome, in any genre, as long as they focus on one of the themes listed above and adhere to the rules listed below.
  2. All contest rules must be observed and all eligibility requirements met or the entry will be dismissed.
  3. All entries must be original works, in English. Plagiarized work will not be tolerated in any form, and entries cannot have been previously published or purchased by professional media, either electronic or print. (If you previously published this piece on your website for your friends to read, that will not disqualify you unless your post has received more than 5,000 views.)
  4. Entries are limited in length to 2,000 words, but excerpts from longer works are allowable. No cover letter is necessary.
  5. Entries must be submitted electronically and include the subject header: CONTEST ENTRY
  6. Entries must include the author’s legal name, a pen name (if any), valid mailing address, telephone number, email address, a word count, and the age of the author. Failure to include any of this information will result in disqualification.
  7. Entries should be included in the body of the email; please don’t include any attachments as they can often trigger junk mail filters.
  8. All announcements regarding this contest will be made via Ms. Dray’s newsletter, so entrants must join.
  9. Entries must be received no later than 11pm EST March 1, 2011.
  10. Semi-Finalists are tentatively scheduled to be announced on May 1, 2011 and Finalists are tentatively scheduled to be announced on August 1, 2011.
  11. Only one entry per author and all entries must be the final version. No revisions will be accepted once the entry has been submitted.
  12. Entries will NOT be judged by Ms. Dray, but by industry professionals. The decisions of the judges are entirely their own, and are final.
  13. Contest judges reserve right to close contest before the deadline if overwhelmed by too many entries, so get yours in early!
  14. This contest is void where prohibited by law.

Additional Contest Sponsors include:

Writing Contest: All Romance’s Just One Bite short story contest

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Authors wanted for All Romance’s Just One Bite Short Story Contest! We are very excited about this contest. Thirty-two of the short stories submitted will be deemed “Semi-Finalists” and released onto the and websites on October 1, 2010.

Readers will vote for their favorite short stories during 5 rounds of voting with the field being narrowed at the end of each round. The first prize winning author will receive $1000 US. The second prize winning author will receive an 8GB iPod Touch. The third prize winning author will receive a $100 eBook Bucks Gift Certificate redeemable either at or

Submissions will be accepted between September 1 and September 28, 2010. Each title must be an original, never before published paranormal romance work between 2,500 and 3,000 words and will be marketed exclusively by All Romance/OmniLit. Aut hors can access the submissions forms via this page . Authors need to complete all fields to the best of their ability at the time of submission. I’ll be the Editor-In-Charge for the Contest and will lead the committee that will make the final decision on September 30 as to which submissions will be chosen as the Semi-Finalists. Stories selected as one of the 32 will be released for voting on October 1.

Authors should keep in mind that we will not be editing these manuscripts. They must have them edited PRIOR to submission.

We anticipate having more wonderful stories than we have slots for. If a story is not chosen as a Semi-Finalist, rights will be returned. Questions about the Contest can be directed to me at:

Thanks again for your interest!

Cat Johnson

Writing Contest: Mills and Boon New Voices

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Copied from: The Pink Heart Society blog

At Mills & Boon, we believe that there’s a romance in everyone – and we want yours! Have you ever dreamed of becoming a published author and writing your way into readers’ hearts? Well, this is your chance!

What is New Voices?

In September 2010 we launch a global search for fresh writing talent to join Mills & Boon’s galaxy of romantic fiction stars.

A celebration of romance, New Voices will put entrants through their romantic fiction paces – and we want you to have your say every step of the way!

The winner of the competition will win some fantastic prizes, including publication of the winning entry by Mills & Boon and a Mills & Boon editor for a year!

How Do I Enter?

Anyone who hasn’t been published before (see the Ts & Cs for more details!) can enter the competition; all you need to do is upload the first chapter of your Mills & Boon novel to this website from 6th September 2010. There’ll be just one entry per person allowed, so make sure that it’s your best! So, get writing!

How Will It Work?

There’ll be FOUR stages to the competition:

Stage One

We want everyone to upload the first chapter of their Mills & Boon novel! The best bit is that you’ll be able to read everyone else’s entry as well – and be able to comment on them too. Let’s get the romance debate going!

Stage Two

The Mills & Boon editorial team will whittle down all the entries to just ten finalists, who’ll be asked to write the second chapter of their Mills & Boon novel.

Stage Three

We’ll ask YOU to vote for your favourite entry out of the top ten. Along with the judges, you’ll decide on the four finalists who go through to the next round!

Stage Four

The finalists will write the ‘pivotal moment’ of their Mills & Boon novel. Then, with the judges, you’ll decide the winner by voting for your favourite.

Power to the romance fans!!!

How Do I Get Involved?

Whether you’re a writer or a reader – we need you! We’d love you enter the competition, and you can also join the debate:

  • Tell us which entry is your favourite
  • Tell us what kind of romances you like – and don’t like!
  • Vote for your favourite finalist and help to decide the winner

This is your chance to have your say about what Mills & Boon publishes and we can’t wait to hear from you!

And if that’s not enough, we’ve also got some great prizes and giveaways, so there’s plenty of reasons to stop by from 6th September.


Want to get writing asap? Check out for more on our fantastic authors, great offers and all the latest releases to inspire you! And remember, there’s no better research than reading the books and knowing your market…

Even better than that, why not attend a Mills & Boon Masterclass by one of our authors or editors at libraries across the UK? After all, they’re the experts….

Author / Editor Library Date Contact
Michelle Styles Knaresborough 1st Sep, 7pm 0845 300 5112
Heidi Rice Brent 6th Aug,
6.30 – 8.30
020 8937 3400
Kate Walker Doncaster TBC 01302 736000
Liz Fielding Carmarthan 9th August 01267 224824
Caroline Anderson & Kate Hardy Diss & Attleborough 18th August 01953 452 319 (Attleborough)
01379 642 609 (Diss)
Chantelle Shaw Dover 7th September 01304 374 726
Meg Lewis
& Megan Bassett – Editors
Havering 26th August,
6 – 7.45pm
01708 342071
Lucy Gilmour
Flo Nicoll
Anna Boatman
East Sheen 7th September, time tbc 020 8876 8800
Fiona Harper Bromley TBC 0208 461 7185
India Grey Nantwich 9th September 01270 624867

Come Back Soon!

From September 6th 2010, this site will be the hub of New Voices, with all sorts of brilliant stuff going on:

  • Enter the competition
  • Vote for your favourite entry
  • Get fantastic insights from our editors ranging from writing masterclasses to their thoughts on the competition entries
  • FREE eBooks to download
  • FREE short stories
  • Blogs from your favourite authors.
  • Fantastic prize draws

See you soon!

Update: Progress Report, Blood of Eden and The Contest.

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

First, I’m thrilled to report I am ALMOST FINISHED with the first draft of Blood of Eden (yayyyyyy!) It isn’t due until September first, so I will have a full month to edit, edit, edit. That’s exactly how I like it!

And now, the news I’m sure everyone has been waiting for…

First, the title that received the most votes:  A Dark Skye Novel, which narrowly beat out A Sloan Skye Novel.

And the winner of my Pick a Series Title Contest (selected by a random number generator) is….

Congratulations to the winner! And thank you all for your suggestions!

Please check back often! I’ll be running a new contest soon!

My alter ego, Tawny Taylor, is guest blogging today!

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Check out my guest blog post on the Smutketeers! There’s a prize up for grabs!

Writing Contest: Brava’s Writing with the Stars

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Aspiring authors, get ready for your moment in the spotlight as the author of your own Brava novel! RT Book Reviews and Brava books, a division of Kensington Publishing Corp., are launching an all-new writing competition, Writing With the Stars.
The Details:

* Ten lucky aspiring writers will have a chance to work with Brava authors in the hopes of being the one lucky winner who lands a publishing contract with Brava! * There will be five rounds of competition, in which aspiring authors will work with their mentors to make sure their entries are the strongest they can be.
* Each round will include comments from celebrity judges from the romance blogosphere.
* Entrants must have a completed 80,000 – 90,000-word manuscript in any
romance genre (including historical, contemporary, romantic suspense and paranormal)
* The manuscript must have a sensuality tone that matches the Brava line.
* Those picked to compete as the top 10 contestants will have their own webpage on the Brava Authors blog and the RT website.

The Rules:

1. Entries will be accepted July 1st , 12am EST, through July 15th ,11:59 EST.
2. Only the first 500 entries will be eligible. 3. This contest is open to unpublished authors. For the purposes of the contest, “unpublished” means authors who have not been published in print. Authors who have only been published in e-format are eligible.
4. This contest is open to authors worldwide, however, entries must be in English.
5. Entries must be Brava-level heat. Inspirational or “sweet” romances will be disqualified.
6. Entries can be contemporary, paranormal, historical, or romantic suspense.
7. Entries must be single-title length—at least 80,000 words. Please use the Word Count feature in your document program to calculate this. 8. You must send THE FULL MANUSCRIPT as your entry. We are not interested in seeing partials of manuscripts that are incomplete.
9. Your entry must be sent to us exclusively. Manuscripts that have won previous contests are fine, but please do not send projects that are currently out with other publishers. If your manuscript is out with agents, please let them know they cannot submit it to other publishers until finalists are announced.
10. Your entry must have your name, address, phone number, and email address. Please also include the genre you are targeting.
11. Your entry must be submitted via email to with “Brava contest” in the subject line. Snail mail entries will not be considered. Manuscripts sent directly to Brava editors will not be considered.
12. Only the top 10 finalists will be notified. Finalists will be announced Sept 1st. If you have not heard from us by Sept 1st, you are not a finalist, and are free to submit your manuscript elsewhere.

To Enter:

E-mail the following:

* a Word document attachment of your complete manuscript
* a two-to-seven page synopsis
* a cover letter


* Put “Brava contest” in the subject line.

Some of the Brava authors who will participate in Writing With the Stars will include Mary Wine, HelenKay Dimon, Terri Brisbin, Diane Whiteside, Cynthia Eden, Emma Lang, Bianca D’Arc, Rebecca Zanetti, Lucy Monroe, and Bronwen Evans.

Writing Contest: The Golden Claddagh (Romance Fiction)

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Forwarded with permission:

Enter Celtic Hearts Romance Writers Chapter contest The Golden Claddagh! Don’t let our chapter name dissuade you, your entry does not have to be Celtic based to enter, unless you enter our Celtic Category. We have six categories, Historical, FF & P, Romantic Suspense, Celtic, Contemporary & Erotic Romance.

Final Round Judges
FF&P: Leis Pederson – Berkley/Jove
Contemporary: Lois Winston – Ashley Grayson Literary Agency
Romantic Suspense: Laura Bradford – Bradford Literary Agency
Historical: Barbara Poelle – Irene Goodman Agency
Celtic: Deb Werksman – Sourcebooks
Erotic: Kate Seaver – Berkley

Our contest due date has been extended to June 1, 2010. Finalists will be notified by July 1, 2010 and winners notified by September 1, 2010.

Visit: to register!
Or Email our Chair, Eliza Knight for information: writer@elizaknight. com

Looking for a title

Friday, May 14th, 2010

I’m still struggling to come up with The Perfect Series Title for my new urban fantasy-slash-paranormal mystery books. I’ve set up my website ( and posted the un-official blurb that I used to submit the first book on the home page. On the left, I’ve placed a poll with a few of the better options I’ve been given/come up with, along with a blank line. If you can think of something better, I am all ears!

I’m thinking I need to give something away. I haven’t done that in a while. So, how about I do a drawing for a nice gift box with a book or two from my backlist? I don’t want to rush it, so how about a June 15th deadline? Sound good?

And if you prefer to leave your suggestions here, that’s okay too. Just don’t forget to leave your email addy, so I can notify you if you win.

Thanks in advance for the help!