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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 10/23/2014

     

    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    **Open to published and unpublished authors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    Eligibility: Published and unpublished authors.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 Submit the first three pages of your unpublished romance manuscript.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    Judges: Experienced published and unpublished authors.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    Entry: "First Kiss" scene, 4–8 pages, unpublished work-in-progress; electronic only.
    Eligibility: Unpublished authors; see website for specifics.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

    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.

    February Workshop

    Master Class with Margie Lawson: Empowering Character Emotions—Already posted to website

    Sponsor: Yosemite Romance Writers
    Location: Ramada Fresno North, 324 E. Shaw Ave., Fresno, CA 93710
    Fee: Advance registration – $79, Registration at the door – $85
    Date: February 21, 2015
    Topic: Empowering Character Emotions. All-day, single-speaker conference.
    FMI, http://www.yosemiteromancewriters.com/2015-yrw-writers-seminar.

    March Conferences and Workshops

    Pages to Publication All-Day Workshop

    Sponsor: CRW Chesapeake Romance Writers
    Location: Williamsburg Regional Library in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia
    Note: Early booking of Hampton Inn block of rooms at conference rate of $89.00 also ends February 14.
    Fee: CRW members $50.00, non-members $70.00 ( A $10.00 discount for 
    early registration by February 14)
    Date: March 14, 2015
    Topic: Mary Behre will present Winning Contests—How to get the most BANG for your Buck, and Meridith Bond will present Jumping Into Self-Publishing.
    Workshop Features: Three editors taking pitches—Amanda Barett, Wild Rose Press; Valerie Mann, Decadent Publishing; Dominique Eastwick, Musa Publishing. The Rudy Award for our contest winners, editor appointments, author signing, door prizes and TWO  empowering presentations by our speakers, all near beautiful historic Colonial Williamsburg, Merchants Square, and a cookie's throw to Mad about Chocolate.
    FMI, visit  www.crwrwa.org or e-mail georgianamarie@cox.net.

    2015 California Dreamin’ Writers Conference—Already posted to website

    Sponsors: OCC RWA, LA Romance Authors, San Diego RWA, East Valley Authors
    Location: Embassy Suites, Brea, California
    Fee: $285–325.00
    Date: March 27–29, 2015
    Featured Speakers: Sylvia Day, Vicky Dreiling.
    Conference features: agent & editor appointments, critique groups, workshops on craft, industry, and writer's life; 2015 California Hooker Contest awards, add-on Book Camp with April Kihlstrom, raffle baskets, door prizes, book fair and author signing.
    FMI, and to register visit http://www.caldreaminwritersconf.org.

     

    Online Workshops

    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.

    January Online Workshops

    Developing Stronger Characters Through Journaling

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $10 | Non-Member $15
    Dates: January 5–16, 2015
    Presenter: Catherine Chant. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#JAN4.

    Creating a Marketing Plan

    Sponsor: Carolina Romance Writers
    Fee: $10 for CRW and HCRW members, all others $15
    Date: January 5–16, 2015
    Presenter: Jennifer L. Hart. FMI, http://www.carolinaromancewriters.com/online-workshop-schedule.html.

    Sex as a Tool for Character Transformation

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $10 | Non-Member $15
    Date: January 5–16, 2015
    Presenter: Jeffe Kennedy. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#JAN1.

    Polishing Your NaNo Novel for Submittal

    Sponsor: Young Adult RWA
    Fee: $15 YARWA member, $25 Non-member
    Date: January 5–25, 2015
    Presenter: Theodora Lane, aka Lynn Lorenz. FMI, http://yarwa.com/programs/.

    Completing Your Mystery

    Sponsor: Southern Tier Authors of Romance (STAR)
    Fee: $20–25.00
    Date: January 5–30, 2015
    Presenter: Jacqueline Corcoran. FMI, http://www.starrwa.org/ or carolhenry@frontiernet.net.

    How to Write FAST

    Sponsor: Yosemite Romance Writers
    Fee: $20–25.00
    Date: January 5–30, 2015
    Presenter: Peter Andrews. FMI, http://www.yosemiteromancewriters.com/workshops.

    New Kid on the Block: A Guide to Writing New Adult

    Sponsor: Maryland Romance Writers
    Fee: $20 MRW Members/$30 non-members
    Date: January 5–30, 2015
    Presenter: Chanel Cleeton. FMI, www.marylandromancewriters.com.

    The Book Factory: Producing Multiple Novels in One Year

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $20 | Non-Member $25
    Dates: January 5–31, 2015
    Presenter: Kerri Nelson. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#JAN3.

    Dialogue: Don’t Let ‘Em Say What You Mean

    Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
    Fee: OIRW Member $20 | Non-Member $25
    Dates: January 5–31, 2015
    Presenter: Shannon Donnelly. FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#JAN2.

    Inside the World of a Forensic Specialist

    Sponsor: Kiss of Death
    Fee: $30 Non-KOD Members; $15 KOD members
    Date: January 5–31, 2015
    Presenter: Lisa Black, forensic specialist. FMI, http://www.rwamysterysuspense.org/coffin.php.

    Self-Editing for Mystery Writers

    Sponsor: Kiss of Death
    Fee: $30 Non-KOD Members; $15 KOD members
    Date: January 5–31, 2015
    Presenter: Jim Jackson. FMI, http://www.rwamysterysuspense.org/coffin.php.

    Swear to Tell the Truth: How to Write Realistic Courtroom/Legal Scenes

    Sponsor: From the Heart Romance Writers
    Fee: FTHRW Members, free; Non-Members, $15.00
    Date: January 12–23, 2015
    Presenter: Jody Lebel. 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.