Manuscript getting away from you? Characters confused about their Goals, Motivations & Conflicts? You need our February Owls! For GMC, see http://romanceaustralia.com/a-sparkling-guide-to-gripping-goal-motivation-conflict/ and Aeon Timeline, see http://romanceaustralia.com/quickly-learn-aeon-timeline-for-fiction-writers-authors/
Posted by Imelda Evans on January 22, 2017
Congratulations to our Ripping Start placegetters! As judged by Lucy Bell, Editor, Pantera Press:
1st: Miranda Morgan
2nd: Tamar Sloan
3rd: Tania Holland
4th: Bree Verity
5th: Bernice Greenham
6th: Elizabeth Squire
Thanks to Lucy Bell for providing such generous feedback for our finalists, and for inviting them to submit to Pantera Press. Thanks to Cat Whelan for her time and effort in running an efficient and timely contest. And well done to all who entered!
Posted by Erica Hayes on December 24, 2016
Seriously – all the best writers are going to need January’s OWL. come take a look!
Posted by Cecilia on December 17, 2016
LOVE GONE WILD WORKSHOP SUBMISSIONS CLOSING
Submission for #RWAus17 close on December 31, 2016.
We have been mustering a diverse herd of talented professionals for the 26th RWA Annual Conference – Love Gone Wild.
But are you the stray runaway we’re waiting on to join the pack?
We are cracking the whip one last time.
Our team is planning #RWAus17 to be the best conference ever and want to utilise our community of talented authors and professionals. Stop grazing out in the pastures, frolicking in the ocean or flitting about in the skies – get your workshop, panel or roundtable submissions to us now.
This is the final call for submissions before we dust off our boots, shut the gate and finalise our tremendous program.
Jump in – hooves, feathers, scales and all … Don’t miss out. Because come December 31st the opportunity to submit will be GOING, GOING, GONE!
Submit Now at http://bit.ly/RWA17WSP
Submissions close on Dec 31st, 2016.
August 11-13, 2017
Posted by tjoyce1 on December 13, 2016
Sun, sand and blue water … summer has arrived in Australia along with the countdown to Christmas. There are several delightful seasonal offerings among our member new releases this month, and composing my book list for self to put under the tree. What about you? Are you planning more reading or more writing along with your Christmas feasting?
Posted by lauraboon2014 on December 5, 2016
As you may have seen in the December issue of Hearts Talk, some exciting developments are happening for the 2017 Ruby, our contest for books published in 2016.
New sections! This year, we’ll be reducing the number of sections to four. Entry numbers in the Short Sexy and Short Sweet sections have reduced enough for these to be combined, to make four roughly even sections.
The 2017 sections will be: Long Romance, Short Romance, Romance Novella and Romantic Elements.
If you’re unsure where your book should go, check the Ruby rules/conditions on the website for descriptions. If your book fits more than one section, it’s your choice where it goes.
New judging! For the first time, we’ll be presenting an overall Romantic Book of the Year award, judged by a panel of industry experts. Here’s how it’ll work:
- First round judging will run as usual
- Finalists and winners for each section will be decided and announced in the usual way
- All finalists will be read by our industry panel, who will select one overall winner (in addition to the section winners).
Who are the industry judges? For 2017, our panel will comprise:
- Kat Mayo, writer, reviewer and host of the romance podcast Heart to Heart
- Danielle Binks, writer, reviewer and chair of LoveOzYA
- Hayley Shephard, Marketing Assistant and Promotions Coordinator at Booktopia
Many thanks to these three outstanding romance advocates for their involvement.
New finalists! Our final judges are hardworking professionals who are donating their time and effort to RWA. They will read all the finalist books in their own time. In order to keep their workload manageable, and ensure the judging is fair and timely, we’re reducing the number of finalists per section to three.
More new judging! We’ll also be introducing writer judges to the Ruby.
Our reader judges do a wonderful job and keep the contest market-relevant, but we believe RWA members have a lot to offer as judges too—and we’re keen to keep judge demographics as diverse and inclusive as we can, to ensure all subgenres and styles are catered for.
To this end, every entrant will be judging one or two books, taken from a section they haven’t entered. Information about the judging procedure will be provided when you enter. It’s easy and fun, and you’ll be given plenty of time—you might discover a new favourite!
New entry formats! Digital entries make the contest process faster, more cost-effective and easier for judges, which results in better judging for us. So if your book has a DRM-free digital edition (.pdf, .epub or .mobi), you’ll be entering that.
Print entries will be accepted only from those authors who don’t have access to a usable digital edition.
Usable means you need to be able to upload your ebook to our entry system, and we need to be able to email your ebook to judges. For instance, if your ebook edition has DRM—and hence can’t be shared—you’ll need to enter print.
Also, if your only ebook edition is unsatisfactory for some reason—for instance, it’s an advance copy that’s significantly different from the published book, or it has a watermark that makes it hard for judges to read—you can still enter print. That’s okay. We won’t insist on digital if there are real problems. We’re just trying to keep as many entries digital as we can.
As for last year, you’ll be entering online. There’s a limit of 3 entries per person (that’s per human being, not per pseudonym) and your entries can go in any section/s you like.
New dates! In order to accommodate the extra judging round, we’re opening and closing for entries earlier than before. Remember—if you’re entering print copies (see above) your books must be postmarked by the closing date.
Opening: 16 December 2016
Closing: 16 January 2017
Full rules/conditions will be available soon on the RWA website—please read them carefully—but as always, contact the contest managers with any queries regarding the contest rules or entry process. If you have special difficulties, we can make arrangements —don’t be afraid to ask!
Posted by Erica Hayes on December 2, 2016
Congratulations to our 2017 Ripping Start finalists:
Finalist entries will be evaluated by our final judge: Lucy Bell, Editor, Pantera Press. A wonderful opportunity!
Well done to all who entered—with 79 entries, the competition was tough, and we hope you find your judging feedback valuable.
Thanks as always to all our hardworking volunteer judges, and a special shout-out to our new contest manager, Cat Whelan, who’s done a fantastic job with a big contest. Entrants will start receiving their scoresheets soon.
Posted by Erica Hayes on December 1, 2016
5 Reasons to Take Short Story Writing
With NaNo going in full swing, and end-of-the-year deadlines looming, it’s the perfect time to add in one more project, right?
- Learn how to write short!
It’s a given, right? Every time I teach a workshop, some students say they tend to write LONG, so they’re looking for tips to tighten their storylines.
- Potential for publication
The ultimate goal in the course is to complete a short story, and submit it for a call. If you need that added umpf to hit “send,” this class may be for you!
- Gain inspiration
You can either come to the class with an idea, or discover a new one. Many people are amazed at the variety of Calls for Submission out there. Need a story idea? You may find food for your muse.
- Take a writing “break”
Turning toward writing short stories or novellas between longer works acts as a way to take a mini-break. Write a bridge between stories or perhaps a shorter piece to kick off a new series.
- Make an end-of-the-year goal
Yes, it’s December, and 2017 is sprinting toward us. It’s also the last push before the end of the year. Make it a goal to finish a story this year.
Hope to see you there! For more information, visit:
Posted by Imelda Evans on November 21, 2016
The next big contest of the year for our Aspiring and Emerging members is the Emerald, which is open 31 October – 21 November. This special reader-judged contest offers the chance to have your full manuscript evaluated by your target audience.
Our judges are keen romance readers, found in libraries, bookstores, reader organisations like ARRA, trains, offices, couches and bedrooms all over the country—and we’d all love to know what they think of our books!
The first round of the Emerald is for the first 10,000 words (increased from 5,000 for last year) of your unpublished romantic manuscript (10K+). The top 15 entries will progress to the second round, where the full manuscript is judged by our readers.
Three well-deserving finalists will win a reading by our final judge: Rebecca Saunders, Fiction Publisher, Hachette Australia. So get your entries ready!
You’ll be able to enter via a link on the temporary RWA website.
FAQ: Does your manuscript need to be finished to enter the Emerald? Well, we recommend that it is finished, or very close to – because if you make the second round (which is typically announced early in the new year) you’ll be asked to submit the full with only a few days notice.
CHANGES TO THE EMERALD PRO for published authors
The Emerald Pro is also open 31 October – 21 November. This is our “Emerald for published authors”, available to our Emerging and Established members who already have works commercially available.
In response to feedback from members, we’re making a few changes for this year.
Originally the Pro was designed to give entrants reader feedback without the stress and risk of publishing – but members also want publishing pathways, as well as prize money, along with the kudos of winning a hard-fought contest. So for this year:
- We’re having a third round of judging, by an editor/agent final judge, just like the ‘unpublished’ Emerald. So in addition to getting valuable anonymous feedback from readers, our three finalists will have their full manuscript read by our final judge – Esi Sogah, Senior Editor, Kensington Books.
- To that end, we’ve removed the requirement that your entry be in a subgenre that you’re not published in. We know you’ll want to put your best work in front of the final judge. So enter whatever subgenre you like – as long as your entry remains unpublished and uncontracted for the duration of the contest.
- Prize money! We’ve included prize money for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, the same as for the ‘unpublished’ Emerald.
Your first round entry is the first 10,000 words of your unpublished/uncontracted manuscript. The top 15 who make the second round will submit their full manuscript.
As for the Emerald, you’ll be able to enter the Pro via a link on the temporary RWA website.
Posted by Imelda Evans on October 30, 2016