Chapter Events

View events hosted by RWA chapters. Looking for more chapter contests, workshops, and events? Click the links below to see what RWA's chapters are offering in the coming months.


 

Chapter: SVR 2020 Meetings

Begin Date: 11/01/2019
End Date: 12/31/2020
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Meetings are held online via Zoom. Please email SacValleyRoseInfo@gmail.com for ID and Password information to participate.

Chapter: SRW 2020 Chapter Meetings

Begin Date: 01/01/2020
End Date: 12/31/2020
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Chapter Gateway Testing

Begin Date: 01/01/2020
End Date: 01/31/2021
Location:
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Event used to test a chapters payment gateway.

Chapter: AKRWA 2020 Midnight Sun Cover Contest

Begin Date: 08/01/2020
End Date: 09/01/2020
Location:
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Enter this published author contest today!

 

Chapter: HCRW Blast off Beginnings

Begin Date: 08/05/2020
End Date: 08/30/2020
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Blastoff Beginnings: Writing Opening Chapters That Take Readers along for the Ride In this month-long online class, New York Times best-selling author Angela Knight discusses how to write a beginning that will have readers clicking the BUY button.

 

Chapter: HCRW Writing Romantic Scifi, Fantasy and Horror

Begin Date: 09/02/2020
End Date: 09/27/2020
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Love is Universal - Even for Monsters! Have you ever wanted to write in the Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, or Horror genre but you just aren’t sure how to meld romance and the other elements necessary to satisfy the readers of those speculative genres? Have

Chapter: RWF Writer Wellness

Begin Date: 09/14/2020
End Date: 09/25/2020
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Good self-care is the new multi-vitamin! Writers should still take a multi-vitamin, and Writer Wellness is a complimentary plan to help you stay on target for writing and life. WW is a lifestyle technique for anyone who loves to create with activities to

Chapter: RWF From Giggle to Snort to LOL

Begin Date: 10/05/2020
End Date: 10/16/2020
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Kilpatrick will walk you through some of the strategies she uses to make her fiction funny. Learn a strategy every few days and try your hand and punching up your prose with punch lines!

Chapter: HCRW How to Write a Successful Holiday Romance

Begin Date: 10/07/2020
End Date: 10/25/2020
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What is the hype with Holiday Romances? Have you ever wondered why so many people write them Holiday Romances? Or why there are so many people that read them? This year alone Hallmark will come out with over One hundred and twenty new Holiday Romance Movi

Chapter: HCRW Hearts & Handcuffs

Begin Date: 11/04/2020
End Date: 11/26/2020
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Readers love cops, but writing believable police and sheriff’s officers can be difficult if you don’t know the procedures cops use to defend themselves and investigate crimes. In this workshop, New York Times bestselling author Angela Knight and her husba

 

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. A response will be sent via return email. If you haven't received a response in 48 hours, please follow up. Thank you!

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!

Updated 06/26/2020


Contests

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


July Contests


The Carla Contest
Sponsor: Mid-America Romance Authors
Fee: $25
Deadline: July 1, 2020, 11:59 p.m. CDT
Entry: traditional or self-published books with original copyright date of 2019 (minimum length 40,000 words).
Judges: contest will have no more than five finalists from all categories. First round will be judged by readers.
Final Judges: final judging by a librarian
FMI (entry form, rules, score sheet, contact, website info), visit http://www.mararwa.com/.

International Digital Awards
Sponsor: Oklahoma Romance Writers of America
Fee: $25.00 for Novels, $20.00 for novellas and short stories
Deadline: July 31, 2020
Eligibility:  Any ebook with a copyright date of 2018 or 2019 that was available for sale in 2018 or 2019 and is NOT available for purchase in mass print. (Ebooks that are available as POD's are eligible) *** If your book previously finaled in, but did not win, the IDA, it is eligible for re-entry.
Entry: Non DRM PDF as email attachment
Categories: (All of the following offer BOTH a short/novella and a Novel category in each genre) Contemporary, Erotica, Historical, Inspirational, Paranormal, Suspense, Young Adult
Judges: Readers, including other unpublished and published authors.
Prizes: Prizes: First place winners will receive an engraved paperweight. Winners and finalists will receive certificates. PLUS - additional prizes for winners include...
Featured on a minimum of 3 blog posts
Featured in a "winner" video trailer that will be shared on FB, tweeted, and featured on at least 3 blogs and websites
Multiple Tweets and Facebook posts
Featured on a special IDA Winners Pinterest Page
FMI: okrwa.com/contests/international-digital-awards/

The Writer 2020 Contest
Sponsor (chapter name): Land of Enchantment Romance Authors of New Mexico (LERA)
Fee: $25 for members | $35 for nonmembers
Deadline:  July 31, 2020, or until cap is met
Eligibility:  Open to all authors (both published and unpublished). Cap set at 45 entries. Entries must meet all rules for entry. Visit leranm.com for instruction on entry.
Entry:  The opening five thousand (5,000) words of an unpublished romance novel.
Categories:  All subgenres of romance, all heat levels, any pairings/combos are welcome. Diverse stories and authors are encouraged to enter. Please indicate which sub-genre and heat level your submission falls into from the list on http://leranm.com.
Judges:  Three first-round, trained judges that include at least one published author or PRO member. Score sheets and feedback will be emailed to all contestants at the end of the contest.
Final Judges:  Visit http://leranm.com for a list of final judges.
Top Prize:  All selected first-round finalists will receive personalized mentoring by a PAN judge. Their updated manuscripts will be entered into the final round and the winner will be named "The Writer for 2020." See prizes at http://leranm.com.
FMI, please visit http://leranm.com or email: Dianne Lindstrom at lerathewritercontest@leranm.com


August Contests


*2020 Golden Leaf Contest
Sponsor: New Jersey Romance Writers
Fee: $30 first entry; $20 for subsequent entries.
Deadline: August 1, 2020
Entry: published novels or novellas with a first copyright date or first North American printing date between June 2019 through May 2020. All traditional, small press, e-published, and self-published novels released in this time period are eligible. All entries will be digital.
Judges: booksellers, librarians, readers groups, romance readers
FMI, visit http://www.njromance writers.org/ or email the contest coordinator at GoldenLeaf@njromancewriters.org.

2020 Put Your Heart in a Book Contest
Sponsor: New Jersey Romance Writers
Fee: $25 first entry; $15 subsequent entries
Deadline: August 1, 2020
Entry: first thirty pages of a manuscript, a projected word count, and an unjudged synopsis.
Judges: first-round entries are judged by two published authors; final round judged by literary agents and editors.
FMI, visit https://www.njromancewriters.org/pyhiab-2020.html.

The Big Apple Contest
Sponsor: Romance Writers of America New York City, Inc.
Fee: $20-RWA/NYC Members; $25-RWA Members; $30-Non-RWA Members
Deadline: August 31, 2020
Eligibility: Published and unpublished authors of all subgenres of romantic fiction.
Entry: The first chapter (maximum of 25 pages) of an unpublished romance.
Judges: Romance authors and readers
Final Judge: Steven Zacharius, Chairman, President & CEO of Kensington Books
Top Prize: $50
FMI: http://www.rwanyc.com/contest.html

2020 Pages From the Heart Contest
Sponsor: From the Heart Romance Writers
Fee:  $21 FTHRW members, $26 RWA members, $16 for subsequent entries.
Deadline: August 31, 2020
Eligibility: Open to published and unpublished authors. The entry must not be contracted, previously published or printed in any form prior to August 31, 2020.
Entry: The first 5,000 words of your original, unpublished, and uncontracted work-in-progress or completed manuscript.
Categories: Historical, Long Contemporary, Short contemporary, Paranormal/Futuristic/Time Travel, Romantic Suspense/Mystery, & Young Adult.
Judges: Three first-round judges per entry.
Final Judges: Finalists from each category will be judged by two industry professionals.
Top Prize: Cash prizes for all finalists
FMI: please visit the From the Heart Romance Writers website for contest rules and additional information. http://fthrw.com/pages-from-the-heart-contest

2020 Rocky Mountain Cover Contest for Published Authors
Sponsor: Colorado Romance Writers
Fee: $15
Deadline: August 31, 2020
Entry: Send a .jpg (no exceptions) of your book cover art with an original copyright date from June 2019 through 2020, eleven categories.
Judges: romance readers and authors.
FMI: go to https://coloradoromancewriters.com/
 

Conferences

July Conferences and Workshops


Contemporary Romance Writers Summer Virtual Conference

Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Writers RWA
Location: Virtual
Fee: $0, CRW members; $40 others
Date: July 25–26, 2020
Speakers: Kharma Kelley, Laurie Schnebly Campbell, and Denise Williams
Craft workshops, DEI Keynote with Kharma Kelley, Stiletto Contest Awards Night
FMI, visit https://contemporaryromance.org/events/summer2020conference/



Online Workshops


July Online Workshops


Critical Lens
Sponsor: The Beau Monde Chapter’s Regency Academe
Fee: $40 Non-TBM Members (TBM Members are free)
Date: July 1–31, 2020
Presenter: LaQuette
FMI, https://thebeaumonde.com/resources/academe/

Where Craft and Marketing Collide!
Sponsor: Kiss of Death
Fee: $15 KOD Members / $30 Non Members
Date: July 1–31, 2020
Presenter: Deborah Riley Magnus
FMI, https://www.rwakissofdeath.org/coffin

Writing the Journalist Protagonist
Sponsor: Kiss of Death
Fee: $15 KOD Members / $30 Non Members
Date: July 1–31, 2020
Presenter: Patricia McLinn
FMI, https://www.rwakissofdeath.org/coffin

WordPress for Beginners
Sponsor: NEORWA
Fee: $20
Date: July 1–31, 2020
Presenter: Pepper O’Neal
FMI, http://www.neorwa.com/online-workshops/upcoming-meetings/

Planning Your Way from Beginning to End
Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
Fee: OIRW Member $25| Non-Member $35
Date: July 6–31, 2020
Presenter: Laurie Sanders
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#JUL2.

Write Now, Get it Started and Get it Written Part 2
Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
Fee: OIRW Member $45| Non-Member $55
Date: July 6–31, 2020
Presenter: Susan Palmquist
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#JUL1.


August Online Workshops


Self-Publishing “Where the Heck Do I Start?”
Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Online Chapter
Fee: $15 CRW Members/$25 RWA Members/$35 Non-RWA Members
Date: August 1–28, 2020
Presenter: Kathryn Jane
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/
 
Website Tips & Tricks – 15 Lessons to Supercharge Your Author Website
Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Online Chapter
Fee: $15 CRW Members/$25 RWA Members/$35 Non-RWA Members
Date: August 1–28, 2020
Presenter: Barb Drozdowich
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/

How Clothes Worked
Sponsor: The Beau Monde Chapter's Regency Academe
Fee: $25–30
Date: August 1–30, 2020
Presenter: Isobel Carr
FMI, https://thebeaumonde.com/resources/academe/

Get More Done: Time Management for Authors
Sponsor: RWA Online Chapter #136
Fee: $15
Date: August 3–14
Presenter: Mary E. Thompson
FMI, https://rwaonlinechapter.org/

Adapting Your Novel for the Screen
Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Online Chapter
Fee: $15 CRW Members/$25 RWA Members/$35 Non-RWA Members
Date: August 3–28, 2020
Presenter: Ines Johnson
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/

Feminism in Romance
Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Online Chapter
Fee: $15 CRW Members / $25 RWA Members / $35 Non-RWA Members
Date: August 3–28, 2020
Presenter: Kilby Blades
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/

Keeping Secrets and Crating Suspense
Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
Fee: OIRW Member $25| Non-Member $35
Date: August 3–31, 2020
Presenter: Jeffe Kennedy
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#AUG4

POV: It’s Not Just A Point Of View
Sponsor: Yosemite Romance Writers
Fee: $20 YRW Members/$25 non-members
Date: Aug. 3 - 31
Presenter: Shannon Donnelly
FMI: www.yosemiteromancewriters.com/workshops

Self-Editing
Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
Fee: OIRW Member $25| Non-Member $35
Date: August 3–31, 2020
Presenter: Kathryn Jane
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#AUG3.

Write Now, Get it Started and Get it Written Part 3
Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
Fee: OIRW Member $45| Non-Member $55
Date: August 3–31, 2020
Presenter: Susan Palmquist
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#AUG1.

Writing the Aviation Crash Investigator
Sponsor: Kiss of Death
Fee: $15 KOD Members / $30 Non Members
Date: August 4–31, 2020
Presenter: Tim Gift
FMI, https://www.rwakissofdeath.org/coffin

Writing Thrillers and Other Dangerous Novels from Idea Up
Sponsor: Kiss of Death
Fee: $15 KOD Members / $30 Non Members
Date: August 4–31, 2020
Presenter: Julie Rowe
FMI, https://www.rwakissofdeath.org/coffin




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, website 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, website info)

ONLINE WORKSHOP FORMAT:
Online Workshop Name
Sponsor (chapter name)
Fee
Date
Presenter
FMI (contact, website info)

Deadlines


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July/August/September August June April 1
August/September/October September July May 1
September/October/November October August June 1
October/November/December November September July 1
November/December/January December October August 1
December/January/February January November September 1
January/February/March February December October 1



Deadlines are firm. Please follow the formats at the end of the website listings, not in the abbreviated RWR listings. Email submissions confirmed by reply—if no reply is received in 48 hours, please resend or follow up. Send to chapterevents@rwa.org. Thank you!