Rebecca Contest 2017

Sponsored by the Land of Enchantment Romance Authors of Romance Writers of America®

You’ve Seen The Voice!

Do you want to be THE WRITER??

The Rebecca is making changes – and offering you “celebrity” judge support! The top three finalists in each category will go to an author well known in that genre. That author will pick a winner and give them a month of mentoring. At the end of the month, the chapter will vote on those five revised entries and pick The Writer. All five winners will be lovingly promoted by their author mentor, and The Writer will receive social media support from the entire LERA chapter!

CONTEST TIMELINE*:

  • July 1, 2017 – Open for submissions.
  • July 31, 2017 – Deadline for submissions. 
  • September 11, 2017 – Finalists notified by e-mail on or before this date. Finalists will be posted on the LERA Website.
  • September 25, 2017 – Round Two Winners Announced                                   
  • September 26-October 23 – “Celebrity” mentoring
  • November 11, 2017 – The Writer announced

*Dates subject to change as needed. Rebecca Contest is managed by volunteers.  

CATEGORIES (in accordance with RWA guidelines):

Contemporary Romance – Long
Judge: Tamra Baumann

Manuscripts that are set from 1950 to the present that focus primarily on the romantic relationship and that are 84,000 or more words. Judging guidelines: In this category, the love story is the main focus of the manuscript, all pairings welcome, and the resolution of the romance is emotionally satisfying and optimistic.

Contemporary Romance – Short
Judge: Katie Lane

Manuscripts that are set from 1950 to the present that focus primarily on the romantic relationship and that are between 40,000 and 84,000 words in length. Judging guidelines: In this category, the love story is the main focus of the manuscript, all pairings welcome, and the resolution of the romance is emotionally satisfying and optimistic.

Paranormal/Speculative Fiction/Urban Fantasy Romance
Judge: Jeffe Kennedy

Manuscripts in which the future, a fantasy world, or paranormal elements are an integral part of the plot. Judging guidelines: In this category, the love story is the main focus of the manuscript; all pairings welcome, a futuristic, fantasy, or paranormal element is blended with the love story; and the resolution of the romance is emotionally satisfying and optimistic.

Suspense
Judge: Robin Perini 

Any manuscript where the mystery/suspense is the main plot; may contain elements of romance. These manuscripts may contain elements of other romance subgenres (such as paranormal, historical, etc.) Judging guidelines: In this category, the love story is the main focus of the manuscript, all pairings welcome, elements of suspense form a significant part of the love story, and the resolution of the romance is emotionally satisfying and optimistic.

Young Adult
Judge: Darynda Jones

Manuscripts in which young adult life is an integral part of the plot. Judging guidelines: In this category, the love story is the main focus of the manuscript, all pairings welcome, the element of being a young adult is blended with the love story, and the resolution of the romance is emotionally satisfying and optimistic.

RULES / PRIZES (Based on NBC’s The Voice):

Round One – Initial Judging

  1. Blind judging by LERA published and unpublished authors in the five categories listed above.

Round Two – Knockout Round

  1. Top three from first round go to each judge in their category.
  2. The winner in each category will get a month of mentoring exclusively with LERA’s most successful published authors:
    1. Coaching
    2. Critiquing
    3. Polishing
    4. Possible referral to agents and editors
  3. Revised entries will go back to the chapter, with author mentors championing their pick.

 Final Round – The Writer

  1. Whole chapter votes to decide The Writer.
  2. Final Winner/The Writer gets support from the whole chapter – promo and help if they self-pub, critique and connections if they want to go the trad pub route.
  3. The winner gets to choose her lead coach from any of LERA’s most successful published authors. 

In addition, each of our special picks gets similar help from LERA judges– coaching for self-pub or introductions to our agents/editors for trad pub; promise of promo help upon publication.

ENTRANT ELIGIBILITY:

All authors are welcome to enter, regardless of published or unpublished status. Contest entry may not be contracted or published in any form when entered.

ENTRY GUIDELINES:

Enter the opening five thousand (5,000) words of romance novels of the above sub-genres. Entries should include the title only and not the author’s name at any point in the document. Standard manuscript format of Times New Roman 12pt font is preferred. 5,000 words is determined by computer word count. The contest committee recommends that authors cut off text at the end of a complete sentence, even if that word count falls short of exactly 5,000. The excerpt should be provided in Microsoft Word or .rtf format.

RULES:

  1. Entries may be neither contracted nor published in any format at time of entry.
  2. If a category must be dropped due to insufficient entries, contestants will be notified and allowed to either withdraw (with refund) or move the entry to another category.
  3. Entry must be received no later than July 31, 2017.
  4. Once a manuscript is accepted for entry in the contest, there will be no refund.
  5. When a category is full, contest entry can either be moved to another category by author or returned. If returned, entry fee will be refunded.
  6. Round One finalists will be the three top scoring entries in each category. LERA members will determine finalist status. The LERA review team will include at least one published author. The review team score sheets will be made available to the all authors to assist in feedback.
  7. Round One finalists will be announced on or about September 11, 2017.
  8. Winners will be determined by the “celebrity” author judges.
  9. The final winner, The Writer, will be announced on the LERA webpage and at the LERA Conference, scheduled for November  11, 2017.
  10. Entry in the Rebecca Contest constitutes agreement by the author to conform to all contest rules, abide by the decision of the judges, and hold blameless the Land of Enchantment Romance Authors, The Rebecca Contest Coordinators and all judges. In entering, the author agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Chapter, its officers, members and all judges of the Contest from liability for its/their actions arising from or relating to judging and handling of the entry and conducting, sponsoring and advertising the event.
  11. The Contest Committee reserves the right to disqualify any entry if rules are not fully met.
  12. Author must: 
  • Fill out the entry form linked below and pay the entry fee of $20 for LERA members, $25 for non-members, for each entry through PayPal.
  • Email your paypal transaction number, including author’s name and each entry’s title to clpotenza@yahoo.com. This is needed to confirm the paypal payment.

All entries will be acknowledged via e-mail within a week of being received.

ENTER HERE and good luck!!

For additional information, please contact:

Contest Chair

clpotenza@yahoo.com

 

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