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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.

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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: 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