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    Chapter Events and Contests

    Local RWA chapters offer a number of conferences, contests, and workshops. Listed below are the chapter contests and conferences scheduled for the coming months.

    Please submit all contest, conference, and workshop announcements to chapterevents@rwa.org.

    Deadline and format instructions are provided at the end of the column below. Please also send notification of broken or incorrect links to chapterevents@rwa.org. Thank you!

    ATTENTION: If you do not receive a response to your submission within 48 hours, please send a follow-up e-mail to natalie@nataliedamschroder.com. Thank you!
     

    Updated 10/16/2014

     

    Contests


    *Open to published authors
    **Open to published and unpublished authors

    November Contest

    **29th Annual Hook, Line & Sinker

    Sponsor: Hudson Valley RWA
    Fee: $10.00
    Deadline: November 1, 2014
    Eligibility: Published and unpublished authors.
    Entry: Hone your skills for hooking an editor or an agent. Submit the first three pages of your unpublished romance manuscript. All romance genres accepted. Electronic entries only.
    Judges: Experienced published and unpublished authors.
    Final Judge: Allison Lyons, Editor, Harlequin.
    Top Prize: Trophies awarded 1st through 3rd places.
    FMI, entry form, rules, and a sample of the scoresheet, please visit www.hudsonvalleyrwa.com or email hudsonvalleycontest@gmail.com.

    January Contests

    *2015 Golden Quill Contest

    Sponsor: Desert Rose RWA
    Fee: $30 per entry; 3 for $75.00
    Eligibility: Published Authors
    Deadline: January 9, 2015
    Entry: Novel or Novella copyrighted in 2014 (print and e-formats accepted)
    Judges: Romance readers and librarians.
    FMI, visit http://desertroserwa.org/golden-quill-rules.

    The Smooch 2015

    Sponsor: Yosemite Romance Writers
    Fee: $15–25.00
    Deadline: January 9, 2015
    Entry: "First Kiss" scene, 4–8 pages, unpublished work-in-progress; electronic only.
    Eligibility: Unpublished authors; see website for specifics.
    Judges: published romance authors.
    Final Judge: TBA.
    Prizes: The Smooch trophy & $50 to winner; personalized gift to 2nd & 3rd place; certificate & announcement in RWR to all winners.
    FMI, visit http://www.yosemiteromancewriters.com/smooch-contest or email Sharon Lathan at sharon.lathan@gmail.com.

    February Contests

    *2014 New England Readers’ Choice Contest for Published Authors

    Sponsor: New England Chapter (NECRWA)
    Fee: $25.00
    Deadline: February 1, 2015
    Entry: Paper copies only of romance genre books published in 2014 (including indie published).
    Categories: Historical, Contemporary, YA, Erotic Romance, Fantasy/SF/Paranormal, Romantic Suspense, First Book.
    Judges: Readers, Booksellers and Librarians.
    FMI, contact Pat Grasso at readers-choice@necrwa.org or visit http://necrwa.org/blog1/contests/#beanpot.

    *2015 Award of Excellence

    Sponsor: Colorado Romance Writers
    Fee: $20.00
    Receipt Deadline: February 2, 2015
    Eligibility: Contest opens November 1st for published books with an original copyright date in 2014. Print books and eBooks accepted.
    Entry: 3 print copies of the entered book and 1 eBook copy – or – 1 .pdf/.mobi/epub eBook copy of the entered book/eBook.
    Categories: Contemporary Series, Contemporary Single Title, Romantic Suspense, Historical, Paranormal/Time Travel/Fantasy/Futuristic, Inspirational, Young Adult w/Romantic Elements, New Adult, Mainstream w/Romantic Elements, Erotic Romance/Spicy, Novella.
    Judges: Romance novel lovers, readers, editors, booksellers, aspiring authors, and published authors.
    Top Prize: Award of Excellence Trophy, certificate and letter congratulating the author; letter congratulating the editor.
    FMI, contact AOE Coordinator at aoecoordinator1@yahoo.com or visit http://www.crw-rwa.ning.com, select Contests, and Award of Excellence.

    Cleveland Rocks Romance Contest

    Sponsor: NEORWA (Northeast Ohio RWA)
    Fee: $20–25.00
    Deadline: February 14, 2015
    Entry: First chapter up to 5,000 words for all categories except novella category (first chapter up to 2,000 words).
    Judges: Experienced published and unpublished authors.
    Final Judges: Three industry professionals.
    Top prize: Refund of entry fee, a winner certificate, and a contest winner logo graphic.
    FMI, visit http://www.neorwa.com/contest/.

    **2015 California Hooker Contest

    Sponsors: OCC RWA, LA Romance Authors, San Diego RWA, East Valley Authors
    Fee: $10.00
    Deadline: February 15, 2015
    Entry: All electronic. Entry should consist of the first three pages of an unpublished manuscript.
    Judges: PAN and PRO members.
    Final judges: Editors attending the 2015 California Dreamin’ Writers Conference.
    FMI, entry form, and official rules, visit http://www.caldreaminwritersconf.org.

     

    Conferences

    October Conferences and Workshops

    The Emerald City Writers’ Conference

    Sponsor: Greater Seattle Chapter, RWA
    Location: Westin Hotel, Bellevue, WA
    Fee: $249–299.00
    Date: October 17–19, 2014
    Keynote Speakers: Lauren Dane, Ann Aguirre, & Victoria Dahl.
    Conference features: pitch fest, agent & editor appointments; 20-plus workshops on craft, industry, and writer’s life; add-on master class with Kristen Lamb; Retro Romance Book Bash; goody bags, raffle baskets, door prizes; book fair and author signing.
    FMI, e-mail conference chair Amanda Byrne at ecwcconferencechair@gmail.com or visit http://gsrwa.org/ecwc/conference/.

    Music City Romance Writers’ Weekend with Cherry Adair

    Sponsor: MCRW
    Location: Comfort Suites, 904 Murfreesboro Road, Lebanon, TN 37090
    Fee: $60–115.00
    Date: October 17–19, 2014
    Get two of Cherry’s popular workshops for one great price, plus a bonus workshop!
    Cherry will be presenting her Plotting Workshop Friday night, with a limited number of one-on-one appointments to work on your plot. Saturday will be her day-long Character Master Class, and Sunday morning will be a bonus workshop. One-on-one appointments cost an additional nominal fee, and are available only to the first 25 people requesting it. A max of 75 people may attend the conference. Conference fee includes Friday night snacks, Saturday lunch and snacks, and drinks throughout the weekend. Hotel room is $74.95, and a hot breakfast and high-speed Internet are included in the room cost.
    FMI and registration, go to http://mcrw.com.

    New Jersey Put Your Heart in a Book Conference

            Sponsor: New Jersey Chapter, RWA
            Location: Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, Iselin, NJ
            Fee: $215–265.00
            Date: October 17–18, 2014
            Keynote Speakers: Stella Cameron, Roxanne St Claire, Susan Mallery, Jennifer Probst.
            Conference features: pitch fest, agent & editor appointments; 20-plus workshops on craft, industry, and writer’s life, goody bags, raffle baskets, door prizes; book fair and author signing.      
            FMI, e-mail conference chair Deserie Comfort at dmcomfort@aol.com or visit www.njromancewriters.org.
     
     HCRW All-Day Writer’s Workshop with Maya Rodale

    Sponsor: Heart of Carolina RWA (HCRW)
    Location: Hilton Garden Inn, Raleigh, NC
    Fee: $25–55 members; $30–65 nonmembers
    Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Presenter: Maya Rodale
    Topics: Morning—How to jumpstart your writing career and how to write the right stories faster. Afternoon—How to build your loyal readership whether you are a traditional, indie, or hybrid author.
    Workshop Features: Continental breakfast included in price of all-day workshop. Basket raffle. Book signing.
    FMI, go to www.HeartofCarolina.org or email direct questions to Olivia Kelly at programs@heartofcarolina.

    November Workshops

    Fall into Romance Readers’ Luncheon

    Sponsor: Heart of Louisiana RWA
    Location: Juban’s Restaurant, 3739 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA
    Fee: $40.00
    Date: November 15, 2014
    Keynote speaker: Diana Cosby
    Conference features: meet and dine with authors, goodie bags, door prizes, raffle baskets and book signing.
    FMI, visit www.heartla.com.

    Online Workshops

    October Online Workshops

    The Art of Blurb Writing

    Sponsor: Colorado Romance Writers
    Fee: $20.00 CRW members, $25.00 non-members
    Date: October 20–November 7, 2014
    Presenter: Beth Fred. FMI, http://crw-rwa.ning.com/page/2013-onlineworkshops.

    November Online Workshops

    Down n’ Dirty Plotting with Qwillia Rain

    Sponsor: HCRW (Heart of Carolina RWA)
    Fee: $20 HCRW members, $25 all others
    Date: November 1–15, 2014
    Presenter: Qwillia Rain. FMI, http://heartofcarolina.org/calendar/. 

    Show and Tell

    Sponsor: Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance Writers
    Fee: $20–25.00
    Date: November 2–30, 2014
    Presenter: Shannon Donnelly. FMI, http://www.romance-ffp.com/category/workshops.

    Choices in the Digital Age

    Sponsor: Florida Romance Writers
    Fee: FRW members $20.00 Non Members $25.00
    Date: November 3–14, 2014|
    Presenter: Suzanne Rock. FMI, http://www.frwriters.org/events/online-workshops/. 

    Me & Chi: Increase Your creativity and Health with Tai Chi and Meditation for Writers

    Sponsor: Low Country RWA
    Fee: $20.00
    Date: November 3–14, 2014
    Presenter: Pat Hauldren. FMI, http://lowcountryrwa.com/workshops/all-workshops/#NOV. 

    Worldbuilding 101

    Sponsor: Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance Writers
    Fee: $20–25.00
    Date: November 3–17, 2014
    Presenter: Karina Fabian. FMI, http://www.romance-ffp.com/category/workshops. 

    Plot Your Book in a Month with Scrivener

    Sponsor: Maryland Romance Writers
    Fee: $20 members; $30 nonmembers
    Date: November 3–25, 2014
    Presenter: Stephanie Dray. FMI, http://www.marylandromancewriters.com/plot-your-book-in-a-month-with-scrivener/. 

    Punctuating Your Way to a Contract

    Sponsor: FTHRW
    Fee: FTHRW Members, FREE; Non-Members, $25.00
    Date: November 3–26, 2014
    Presenter: MM Pollard. FMI, http://fthrw.com/online-workshops. 

    Great Beginnings/Getting to the End

    Sponsor: Colorado Romance Writers
    Fee: $20.00 CRW members, $25.00 non-members
    Date: November 3–28, 2014
    Presenter: Becky Martinez. FMI, http://crw-rwa.ning.com/page/2013-onlineworkshops.

    Killer Openings

    Sponsor: Kiss of Death
    Fee: $30 Non-KOD Members; $15 KOD members
    Date: November 3–28, 2014
    Presenter: Alexa Bourne. FMI, http://www.rwamysterysuspense.org/coffin.php. 

    Psychology of Creating Characters

    Sponsor: Kiss of Death
    Fee: $30 Non-KOD Members; $15 KOD members
    Date: November 3–28, 2014
    Presenter: Laurie Schnebly Campbell. FMI, http://www.rwamysterysuspense.org/coffin.php. 

    Show Up Naked: Writing the Male POV

    Sponsor: Southern Tier Authors of Romance (STAR)
    Fee: $20–25.00
    Dates: November 3–28, 2014
    Presenter: Chris Redding. FMI, http://www.starrwa.org / carolhenry@frontiernet.net. 

    Business and Tax Class

    Sponsor: Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance Writers
    Fee: $20–25.00
    Date: November 3–30, 2014
    Presenter: Pepper O’Neal. FMI, http://www.romance-ffp.com/category/workshops. 

    The Amazon Bookseller's Toolbox: Everything You Could Possibly Want to Know about Selling Books on Amazon... and Then Some

    Sponsor: OCC RWA
    Fee: $20 OCC Members; $30 Non-Members
    Date: November 10–December 7, 2014
    Presenter: Erica Barton. FMI, http://www.occrwa.org/onlineclasses.html. 

    December Online Workshops

    Finding and Rediscovering the Joy of Writing

    Sponsor: FTHRW
    Fee: FTHRW Members, FREE; Non-Members, $10.00
    Date: December 1–5, 2014
    Presenter: Jesse Petersen. FMI, http://fthrw.com/online-workshops.

    Finding Your Hot Premise

    Sponsor: Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance Writers
    Fee: $15–20.00
    Date: December 1–14, 2014
    Presenter: Eilis Flynn. FMI, http://www.romance-ffp.com/category/workshops.

    Worldbuilding 201

    Sponsor: Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance Writers
    Fee: $20–25.00
    Date: December 1–14, 2014
    Presenter: Karina Fabian. FMI, http://www.romance-ffp.com/category/workshops.

    Don’t Let MailChimp Make a Monkey Out of You

    Sponsor: FTHRW
    Fee: FTHRW Members, FREE; Non-Members, $10.00
    Date: December 8–12, 2014
    Presenter: Avery Flynn. FMI, http://fthrw.com/online-workshops.

     


    CONTEST FORMAT: Contest Name
    Sponsor (chapter name)
    Fee
    Deadline
    Eligibility
    Entry
    Categories
    Judges
    Final Judges
    Top Prize
    FMI (entry form, rules, score sheet, contact, Web site info)

    CONFERENCE FORMAT:
    Conference Name
    Sponsor (chapter name)
    Location (place, city, state)
    Fee
    Date
    Speakers [up to five individuals (authors, agents, editors, specialists, etc.), also indicate which ONE speaker is to be featured in the RWR]
    Publishing Houses (house names only, no additional individual editor names)
    Agencies (agency names only, no additional individual agent names)
    Conference Features (workshops, multi-track, panels, appointments, critiques, awards, book fair/signing, raffles)
    FMI (contact, Web site info)

    WORKSHOP FORMAT (FOR INTENSIVE, HANDS-ON, SINGLE-TOPIC, OR SINGLE-SPEAKER CONFERENCES):
    Workshop Name
    Sponsor (chapter name)
    Location (place, city, state)
    Fee
    Date
    Presenter
    Topic
    Workshop Features (critiques, book fair/signing)
    FMI (contact, Web site info)

    ONLINE WORKSHOP FORMAT:
    On-Line Workshop Name
    Sponsor (chapter name)
    Fee
    Date
    Presenter
    FMI (contact, Web site info)

    Deadlines are firm. Deadline for the January issue (which will include items with a contest deadline or conference date in February, March, or April or with an on-line workshop date in March, is November 1. Deadline for the February issue (which will include items with a contest deadline or conference date in March, April, or May or with an on-line workshop date in April) is December 1. Please follow the formats at the end of the Web site listings, not in the abbreviated RWR listings. E-mail
    submissions confirmed by reply—if no reply is received in 48 hours, please resend or follow up. No attachments please. Send to chapterevents@rwa.org. Thank you!

    For RITA, GH, and National Conference information, please contact RWA’s main office at 832-717-5200.