2017 Valerie Parv Award finalists

Congratulations to the 2017 Valerie Parv Award finalists!

Kali Anthony
Fiona Marsden
Emily Michel
Miranda Morgan
Joanna Nell
Meg Quilty

The finalist entries will now be judged by bestselling Australian romance author and superstar writing coach Valerie Parv AM. The placegetters will be announced at the Awards Dinner at the Love Gone Wild Conference.

A big thank you to Jo McAlister for organising the contest, and to all our volunteer judges, who have provided some amazing feedback this year.

Congratulations and well done to all our entrants – the VPA is a tough contest and it’s an achievement even to have entered. Entrants will start receiving their scoresheets via email later this week. We hope your judging feedback helps you improve!

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First Kiss 2017 placegetters

Congratulations to our 2017 First Kiss placegetters! As judged by Haylee Nash of The Nash Agency:

1st: Tamar Sloan
2nd: Sheridan Kent
3rd: Miranda Morgan
4th: Nicola Bernard
5th: Kym Wojtasik
6th: Emily Michel

Thanks to Haylee Nash for providing such generous feedback for our finalists. Big thanks to Heather Garside for her time and effort in running an efficient and timely contest, and to all our judges who volunteer their time and effort to help other writers. And well done to all who entered!

2017 Ruby finalists

Congratulations to our 2017 Romantic Book of the Year finalists!

The official announcement of finalists – with cover art and links! –  is here at the Booktopia blog. Please share with your friends!

The finalists are:

Long Romance

Escaping Mr. Right by Avril Tremayne
Random Romance

The Grazier’s Wife by Barbara Hannay
Penguin/Michael Joseph

The War Bride by Pamela Hart
Hachette Australia

Short Romance

Breaking Good by Madeline Ash
Tule Publishing

The Most Scandalous Ravensdale by Melanie Milburne
Harlequin Mills & Boon Sexy

Unwrapping His Convenient Fiancée by Melanie Milburne
Harlequin Mills & Boon Sexy

Romantic Elements

A Kiss from Mr. Fitzgerald by Natasha Lester
Hachette Australia

Legacy of Hunters Ridge by Sarah Barrie
Harlequin MIRA

Mackenzie Crossing by Kaye Dobbie
Harlequin MIRA

Numbered by Amy Andrews and Ros Baxter
Harlequin MIRA

Romance Novella

Santa and the Saddler by Cathryn Hein
Self-published

Swept Away by Fiona Marsden
Self-published

Unexplored by Anna Hackett
Self-published

Winners will be announced at the Love Gone Wild Conference in Brisbane in August.

In addition to the four Ruby section winners – Long Romance, Short Romance, Romance Novella and Romantic Elements – all finalists are now being read by our final judges to decide one overall Romantic Book of the Year winner.

Emerald Award and Emerald Pro finalists

Congratulations to our 2017 finalists!

Emerald Award:

Wendy Lee Davies
Janis Linford
Jennifer Raines

Emerald Pro:

P.A. Crake
Diane Demetre

Darry Fraser also made the cut for the Emerald Pro final, but her entry has been withdrawn in order to be published.

The full manuscripts will be evaluated by our final judges: Rebecca Saunders, Fiction Publisher at Hachette Australia (Emerald) and Esi Sogah, Senior Editor at Kensington Books (Emerald Pro). This is the first year we’ve had an editor as final judge for the Emerald Pro.

Well done to all who entered – the Emerald is a tough contest and the 85% mark for progression is difficult to attain. Thanks to all our volunteer reader judges, and especial kudos to our contest manager, Marnie St Clair, who’ll be departing the role – thanks for all your years of work.

First Kiss finalists

First Kiss finalists

Congratulations to our 2017 First Kiss finalists:

Nicola Bernard
Sheridan Kent
Emily Michel
Miranda Morgan
Tamar Sloan
Kym Wojtasik

Their entries will be read by our final judge, Haylee Nash of The Nash Agency.

Congratulations to everyone who entered, and thanks as usual to all our volunteer judges and our new contest manager, Heather Garside, who’s doing a fantastic job.

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

 

RITA NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

Maddy02BCongratulations to RWA member Madeline Ash who has been nominated for the Romance Writers of America (RWA) 2017 RITA Awards for the second year in a  row. Madeline is a finalist in the Contemporary Romance: Short category for Breaking Good (Tule Publishing).

We’d also like to give a shout out to Kara Isaac, one of our New Zealand neighbours, who is a finalist in two categories for her debut Close to You (Howard Books): Best First Book and Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements.

The winners will be announced on July 27 at the 2017 RWA Conference in Orlando, Florida. For the full list of finalists, including the Golden Heart nominees, visit the RWA website here. Have you read any?

Best First Book

  • Alterations by Stephanie Scott, Bloomsbury, Spark (Meredith Rich, editor)
  • Before Goodbye by Mimi Cross, Amazon, Skyscape (Miriam Juskowicz, editor)
  • Close to You by Kara Isaac, Howard Books (Beth Adams, editor)
  • The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt, HarperTeen (Annie Berger, editor)
  • Once and For All: An American Valor Novel by Cheryl Etchison, Avon, Impulse (Priyanka Krishnan and Rebecca Lucash, editors)
  • Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods, Penguin Random House, Crown BFYR (Emily Easton, editor)

Contemporary Romance: Long

  • Always a Bridesmaid by Lizzie Shane, Self-published (Kristan Andrews, editor)
  • Hot in Hellcat Canyon by Julie Anne Long, Avon Books (May Chen, editor)
  • Make Me Sin by J. T. Geissinger, Montlake Publishing (Maria Gomez, editor)
  • Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan, Harlequin, HQN (Flo Nicoll, editor)
  • Pansies by Alexis Hall, Riptide Publishing (Sarah Lyons, editor)
  • Snowfall on Haven Point by RaeAnne Thayne, Harlequin, HQN (Gail Chasan, editor)
  • Tender Is the Night by Barbara Freethy, Hyde Street Press

Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length

  • Back in the Saddle by Karen Templeton, Harlequin, Special Edition (Gail Chasan, editor)
  • Barefoot at Midnight by Roxanne St. Claire, Self-published (Kristi Yanta, editor)
  • Carolina Dreaming by Virginia Kantra, Berkley Publishing Group (Cindy Hwang, editor)
  • Fast Connection by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell, Self-published
  • Lone Heart Pass by Jodi Thomas, Harlequin, HQN (Brittany Lawery and Susan Swinwood, editors)
  • Off the Hook by Laura Drewry, Penguin Random House, Loveswept (Junessa Viloria, editor)
  • Once and For All: An American Valor Novel by Cheryl Etchison, Avon, Impulse (Priyanka Krishnan and Rebecca Lucash, editors)
  • Tell Me How This Ends by Victoria De La O, St. Martin’s Press, Swerve (Eileen Rothschild, editor)
  • The Turning Point by Marie Meyer, Grand Central Publishing, Forever Yours (Megha Parekh, editor)
  • Wanderlust by Roni Loren, Penguin Random House, Berkley (Kate Seaver, editor)

Contemporary Romance: Short

  • APB: Baby by Julie Miller, Harlequin, Intrigue (Allison Lyons, editor)
  • Breaking Good by Madeline Ash, Tule Publishing, Holiday, (Sinclair SawBreakingGood-medium-200x300hney, editor)
  • Christmas on Crimson Mountain by Michelle Major, Harlequin, Special Edition (Gail Chasan, editor)
  • Falling for the Rancher by Tanya Michaels, Harlequin, American Romance (Johanna Raisanen, editor)
  • Far from Home by Lorelie Brown, Riptide Publishing (Gwen Hayes and Sarah Lyons, editors)
  • His Stolen Bride by Barbara Dunlop, Harlequin, Desire (Kathryn Lye, editor)
  • A Malibu Kind of Romance by Synithia Williams, Harlequin, Kimani (Shannon Criss, editor)
  • Overwhelming Force by Janie Crouch, Harlequin, Intrigue (Allison Lyons, editor)
  • Searching for Disaster by Jennifer Probst, Pocket Books, Pocket Star (Lauren McKenna, editor)
  • Two Doctors & a Baby by Brenda Harlen, Harlequin, Special Edition (Susan Litman)

Erotic Romance

  • The Dirty Secret by Kira A. Gold, Carina Press (Libby Murphy, editor)
  • The Master by Tara Sue Me, New American Library (Claire Zion, editor)
  • Off the Clock by Roni Loren, Penguin Random House, Berkley ( Kate Seaver, editor)
  • Ravenous by M. S. Force, HTJB, Inc. (Linda Ingmanson, editor)
  • Three Sweet Nothings by Nikki Sloane, Self-published (Lori Whitwam, editor)

Historical Romance: Long

  • Dukes Prefer Blondes by Loretta Chase, Avon Books (May Chen, editor)
  • How I Married a Marquess by Anna Harrington, Grand Central Publishing, Forever (Michele Bidelspach, editor)
  • No Mistress of Mine by Laura Lee Guhrke, Avon Books (Erika Tsang, editor)
  • Susana and the Scot by Sabrina York, St. Martin’s Press (Monique Patterson, editor)

Historical Romance: Short

  • Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare, Avon Books (Tessa Woodward, editor)
  • Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt, Grand Central Publishing (Amy Pierpont, editor)
  • A Duke to Remember by Kelly Bowen, Grand Central Publishing, Forever (Alex Logan, editor)
  • Left at the Altar by Margaret Brownley, Sourcebooks, Casablanca (Mary Altman, editor)
  • The Study of Seduction by Sabrina Jeffries, Pocket Books (Micki Nuding, editor)
  • Taming the Highlander by May McGoldrick, St. Martin’s Press, Swerve (Elizabeth Poteet, editor)

Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance

  • The Color of a Promise by Julianne MacLean , Self-published (Pat Thomas, editor)
  • The Depth of Beauty by A. B. Michaels, Red Trumpet Press (Rachel Daven Skinner, editor)
  • The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel, Sourcebooks, Landmark (Shana Drehs and Anna Michels, editors)
  • Now That It’s You by Tawna Fenske, Montlake Publishing (Krista Stroever and Christopher Werner, editors)

Paranormal Romance

  • Bayou Shadow Hunter by Debbie Herbert, Harlequin, Nocturne (Ann Leslie Tuttle, editor)
  • The Beast by J R Ward, New American Library (Kara Welsh, editor)
  • The Champion of Barésh by Susan Grant, Self-published (Mary Moran, editor)
  • Enchanted Warrior by Sharon Ashwood, Harlequin, Nocturne (Ann Leslie Tuttle, editor)
  • Ghost Gifts by Laura Spinella, Montlake Publishing (Alison Dasho, editor)
  • The Leopard King by Ann Aguirre, Self-published (Sasha Knight, editor)
  • The Pages of the Mind by Jeffe Kennedy, Kensington Publishing Corp. (Peter Senftleben, editor)
  • Where the Wild Things Bite by Molly Harper, Pocket Books (Abby Zidle, editor)

Romance Novella

  • Her Every Wish by Courtney Milan, Self-published (Lindsey Faber, editor)
  • “The Husband Maneuver” by Karen Witemeyer in With This Ring, Baker Publishing, Bethany House (Charlene Patterson, editor)
  • Let It Snow by Jeanette Grey, Grand Central Publishing, Forever Yours (Megha Parekh and Lexi Smail, editors)
  • “Let Us Dream” by Alyssa Cole in Daughters of a Nation, Self-published (Nina S. Gooden, editor)
  • Searching for Mine by Jennifer Probst, Evil Eye Concepts (Liz Berry and M J Rose, editors)
  • Tycoon by Joanna Shupe, Kensington Publishing Corp. (Peter Senftleben, editor)
  • Wild in Rioby Lyssa Kay Adams, Self-published (Elaine Kulhanek, editor)

Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements

  • Close to You by Kara Isaac, Howard Books (Beth Adams, editor)
  • Keeper of the Stars by Robin Lee Hatcher, Thomas Nelson, Inc. (Ami McConnell and Leslie Peterson, editors)
  • My Hope Next Door by Tammy L. Gray, Amazon, Waterfall Press (Amy Hosford, editor)
  • Trust My Heart by Carol J. Post, Amazon, Waterfall Press (Erin Calligan Mooney, editor)

Romantic Suspense

  • All the Dead Girls by Rita Herron, Montlake Publishing (Alison Dasho, editor)
  • Atone by Beth Yarnall, Penguin Random House, Loveswept (Sue Grimshaw, editor)
  • Field of Graves by J. T. Ellison, Harlequin, MIRA Books (Nicole Brebner, editor)
  • Killer Countdown by Amelia Autin, Harlequin, Romantic Suspense (Carly Silver, editor)
  • and Mr. Smith by HelenKay Dimon, Penguin Random House, Loveswept (Shauna Summers, editor)
  • One Minute to Midnight by Nico Rosso Carina Press (Rhonda Stapleton, editor)
  • Repressed by Elisabeth Naughton, Montlake Publishing (Charlotte Herscher and Christopher Werner, editors)
  • Tall, Dark and Damaged by Sarah Andre, Self-published (Anya Kagan, Touchstone Publishing, editor)

Young Adult Romance

  • Affective Needs by Rebecca Taylor, Ophelia House (Maya Packard, editor)
  • The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt, HarperTeen (Annie Berger, editor)
  • The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Harlequin, HQN Teen (Margo Lipschultz, editor)
  • Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods, Penguin Random House, Crown BFYR (Emily Easton, editor)

Little Gems contest placegetters

Congratulations to our Little Gems prizewinners:

Equal First prize: Courtney Clark Michaels and Imelda Evans

Second prize: Shannon McEwan

Equal Third prize: J. Keneally and Rose Pearse.

In addition, the following authors have been invited to participate in the 2017 Little Gems Onyx anthology:

Heidi Catherine
Kat Colmer
Frances Dall’Alba
Fiona Greene
Jillian Jones
Caitlyn Lynch
Fiona Marsden
Jane Newton
Stella Quinn.

Congratulations to all our entrants – the score required to reach the anthology list was high and as you can see, it was very difficult to separate the stories! Thanks as usual to all our volunteer judges, and the contest manager Lis Hoorweg.

TWO Magnificent OWLS in March

Whether it’s your manuscript or your writing business that needs work, we have you covered with our next two OWLS.  They start next Monday, so don’t delay or dither – decide!

lanaBuilding Your WordPress Author Website
From the Ground Up

with Lana Pecherczyk

Take control of your career and learn how to manage a simple WordPress website and blog then turn it into a successful self-managed powerhouse for your author business. Learn via easy walkthrough videos as Lana builds an author website before your eyes, and talks about content creation, e-commerce, traffic acquirement and more. Downloadable PDFs and worksheets will be available so you can revise at your leisure. Whether you’re a digital immigrant or an author just wanting the latest hot tips on WordPress, you can get the author targeted advice from the current RWA Webmistress Lana Pecherczyk. Each student must be prepared to either set up a free WordPress.org account, or purchase a domain and hosting (explained how to inside the course).

Register and get more details here

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Bring your story into focus:
why ‘show don’t tell’ is a layer cake

with Sandy Vaile

Bring your story into focus

Why ‘show don’t tell’ is like a layer cake.

‘Show don’t tell’ is the lynch-pin of great writing. I’m sure you’ve all heard the term, but are you applying it effectively? Delve into the vivid realm of showing, and realise a balance between description and brevity that will captivate readers and not let them go.

This course best suits modern fiction writers.

Register and get more details here

Emerald and Emerald Pro second round

Congratulations to our Emerald and Emerald Pro second round entrants!

Emerald

Rose Celeste
Karina Coldrick
Frances dall’Alba
Wendy Lee Davies
Leanne Francis
Lexi Greene
Georgia Henry
Jillian Jones
Janis Linford
Stella Quinn
Jennifer Raines
Joanne Robertson
Deborah Shattuck
Laura Simpson

Emerald Pro

P.A. Crake
Louise Cusack
Diane Demetre
Darry Fraser
JC Harroway

These second round entrants are submitting their full manuscripts to be judged by our reader judges.

Well done to all who entered – as usual, competition for second round places was tough and the 85% score required to proceed was not easily achieved.

A special mention to the following entrants, who made the cut for the second round but were unable to proceed:
Tanya Kean
Pamela Hancock
Lauren James
Sonia Stanizzo
Sarma Burdeau (Emerald Pro)

All entrants will receive their first round scoresheets shortly. Thanks to our volunteer judges and to the contest manager, Marnie St Clair.

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