Valerie Parv Award Closing Date extended!

If you’ve been dithering about entering the 2017 VPA, this is the sign you’ve been waiting for!  Entries were slated to close today, but you have an extra week to get your entry in!

All the details are below.  So get your skates on and enter!

WHO CAN ENTER THE VPA CONTEST?
If you are an Aspiring, or Emerging RWA member, or non-member with no works 40K+ contracted or commercially available, then you can enter. You will be in the running for a year-long mentorship with Valerie Parv. Valerie has sold 60 novels since 1982, and had over 25 million copies of her books sold internationally.

WHAT DO I NEED TO ENTER
1,000 word synopsis, and
10,000 words of your unpublished work

More information about conditions and how to enter here:
https://romanceaustralia.com/contests/aspiring-contests/the-valerie-parv-award/

Contest Opened:  7 April 2016
Contest Closes: Monday 1 May 2017, Monday, AEST 12 midnight

I NEED MORE TIME TO FINISH MY ENTRY – WHAT TIME COUNTER ARE YOU USING?
For those of you in the non-Eastern states/territories (or overseas) I will be using this time and date counter (set to Brisbane time) on the day the contest closes:

http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/australia/brisbane

Once the counter tells me it’s midnight, I’ll flick back over to the VPA inbox, refresh the browser and then close the contest.

IMPORTANT:
Please note: you cannot ‘reserve’ a place by paying your entry fee. The only way to claim a place in the contest is to submit your entry.

I’M WORRIED ABOUT FORMATTING
If you’re concerned about formatting, then:

a)      Download a template from the website and copy and paste your entry into it:

https://romanceaustralia.com/contests/aspiring-contests/the-valerie-parv-award/

b)       Contact me ASAP  – we can work on the formatting quickly and then you can get back to finishing your entry off

LAST MINUTE ENTRANTS
Please be aware:

–          If your word count is over the 1000 word synopsis, or 10,000 word entry limit and there’s no time to send it back to you, I will trim it at 1000 or 10,000 words exactly.

–          If there are formatting issues and there’s no time to send it back to you, the issues will stand and there is the possibility of a 5-point deduction. This deduction can mean the difference between going through to the final, or not.

There’s still time to enter, you’ve got until Monday!

Good luck with your entry and if you want to know anything, just ask me.

Jo McAlister
Joint 2017 VPA Contest Manager
on behalf of Romance Writers of Australia
vpa@romanceaustralia.com

 

May OWLs are hooting good!

It’s nearly the end of the month, so naturally, your thoughts turn to what to do next to further your writing.  May I suggest one of our May OWLs?

This month both OWLs are beckoning you to the dark side: Rachel Bailey will help you wrestle the Black Moment of your story into shape and Ainslie Paton will shed light on the Dark Art of the Blurb.  Pick the darkness that most needs attention – or just do both!

For more info and to register for The Black Moment, click here.

For more info and to register for The Dark Art of the Blurb, click here.

 

Spicy Bites placegetters

Congratulations to our inaugural Spicy Bites prizewinners:

Equal First prize: Kristine Charles and Kerrie Starbuck

Second prize: Wren St Claire

Third prize: Josephine Brierley

In addition, the following authors will be invited to participate in the 2017 Spicy Bites – Tattoos anthology:

Amy Rose Bennett
Dina Bridges
Audrey Fraser
Caitlyn Lynch
Annabelle McInnes
Wren St Claire (second entry)
Nardia Sheriff
Lee-Ann Wallace

Congratulations to all our entrants – the cut-off score for the anthology is difficult to achieve and all the stories were read with pleasure by our volunteer judges. Thanks as usual to all our judges, and the contest manager Trysh Nickles.

Love Gone Wild – Weapons Session Update

Love Gone Wild #RWAus17 Conference Update.  We are happy to provide more information on the Weapons through the ages – Session 9 & 14, Part A and B in our program so you can decide if you want to attend one of the sessions or both. The weapons covered in each session are:

Session 9: Weapons through the ages (A) – will cover Longsword, Sidesword (and Buckler), and Rapier.

Session 14: Weapons through the ages B) – will cover Sabre, Smallsword, and other weapons.

Duelling in the ages of romance was a hit last year in Adelaide and we are lucky enough to bring them again to this year’s conference.

Get to know the differences between a Longsword and a Side-sword, or the Rapier and the Sabre. When violence in your story is necessary, come and find out what your best options are.

Shay McAulay, founder of the Brisbane Duellist Society, and Nic Harrison will have you step back in time and demonstrate historical combat.

This interactive session is not to be missed.

Register now at: http://bit.ly/RWA17Events

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Love Gone Wild – The first few lines

Have you registered for conference yet? Registrations are open. Come along and attend amazing workshops and sessions, like this one by Keri Arthur.

THE FIRST FEW LINES

It’s a simple truth … most manuscripts submitted to agents or editors will not only be rejected within the first couple of pages, but the first couple of lines. This workshop aims to ensure you write first lines that hook the reader in from the very start.

Keri Arthur, author of the New York Times bestselling Riley Jenson Guardian series, will be presenting this amazing workshop. She has written more than thirty-three novels and is an inspiration to all. She’s received several nominations in the Best Contemporary Paranormal category of the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Awards and has won RT’s Career Achievement Award for urban fantasy.

Register now at: http://bit.ly/RWA17Events

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April new releases

Our members have dished up delightful new romances for Autumn reading. There’s something to suit every reader’s tastes, from sweet to hawt! Enjoy.

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Love Gone Wild – Registrations are now open.

Registrations for RWA’s 26th annual conference, Love Gone Wild, are now open. Please visit our website for all conference information and registration details.

Click Here:  #RWAus17 – Love Gone Wild   (http://bit.ly/RWA17Events )

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Love Gone Wild – Registrations open March 29, 2017

We are excited to let you know that registrations for RWA’s 26th Annual Conference open this Wednesday, March 29th 2017 at 12.00pm AEST (midday QLD Time). Full program and session details will be available online on Wednesday and in next month’s Hearts Talk.  See you in Brisbane for Love Gone Wild.

Who’s excited?

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Love Gone Wild – Author round tables

At the Love Gone Wild conference, come along and meet an author. These intimate round table sessions will enable you to ask an author about their work, processes, their publisher and publishing experience, their genre, and more.

We have twenty successful and sought-after authors, covering a broad range of genres for you to select from during registration. Participating authors will be listed on our website when registrations open.

Come and spend time with an author who specialises in rural, historical, suspense or contemporary romance; or maybe choose to spend time with an author who publishes with Penguin, Mills&Boon, Hachette or Harlequin; or you could spend time with an author who’s had self-publishing success, written series after series or has over 100 books published. Your choices are broad and exciting.

You will also have the option to be added to a waitlist if you miss out on your first choice. We will let you know if a place becomes available closer to conference.

 Author round tables – where knowledge and experience is shared.  Don’t miss out!

Book Promo for the 21st Century

Writing the book is one thing: promoting it is another. In our video-crazy age, a good book trailer can be a great help. Learn how to make your own in our April OWL!

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Spielberg Eat Your Heart Out!
Whether you’re a novice or more seasoned writer (mmm, seasoned), most authors face a major challenge: ‘How to successfully promote hundreds of pages of written text into one effective cover image, blurb, post, tweet…’. The answer is simple: You create a highly shareable, HD Book Trailer of Epic Awesomeness! Join our short course by clicking the link below on creating your very own Book Trailer so you can begin to get your books noticed! …Awesome Book Trailers: more details and booking here

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