Friday, January 11, 2008

2008 RSJ Aspiring Author Contest

2008 RSJ Aspiring Author Contest

This contest is open to all aspiring authors of Black romance/women's fiction.
Contest Registration Form

Genre: Black Romance/Women's Fiction

1st Prize: This winner's manuscript will be reviewed by Editor Hilary Sares from Kensington Books for possible publication.

2nd Prize: This winner's manuscript will be reviewed by Agent Michelle Grajkowski from Three Seas Literary Agency for possible representation.

3rd Prize: This winner will receive the Book Cents Critique Package, which includes a critique of a Query and Partial (the same story), notes and suggestions from Literary Agent Christine Witthohn and a 5-10 minute conversation with Christine about the 2nd place winner's story.

Submission Package:
To help prepare contestants for submitting to publishing houses and agents, the entries will resemble a submission package sent to agents and publishers. Submissions are electronic (sent via email). The file should be a Microsoft Word document.

- 1 inch margins all around
- Font Times New Roman, 12pt

- 1 page query letter single spaced addressed to Ms. C. Judge
- 3 page synopsis double spaced
- 20 sample pages double spaced
- Place the author�s Contact information on the Cover page (this page does not count toward your 20 sample pages)
- In the header, place the Novel Title, Author Name and Page Number
- If you have an extra page or two to complete a scene, that's okay.
- Contest registration form

Important Dates: Submissions are open. All submissions must be received by March 14, 2008. The winners will be announced at the Emma Awards Banquet to be held at the 2008 Romance Slam Jam Conference. Attendance is not necessary.

Contest Fee: $20 by money order, cashier's check or via PayPal
Please make a $20 money order or cashiers check payable to: Romance Slam Jam

Mail payment and Contest registration form to:
Romance Slam Jam
c/o Deatri King-Bey
P.O. Box 822
Tolleson, AZ 85353

To pay by credit card please use PayPal. The fee is increased when using PayPal to $23 because of the processing fees.

Once payment and the Contest Registration Form have been received, instructions will be given on where to send the submission. Please note, registration fee is non-refundable.

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