Emerald Second Round

It’s busy contest time here at RWA!

The latest results we have to share are those clever writers who have made it to the second round in the Emerald and our brand-spanking new Emerald Pro contests.  Both of these are for complete manuscripts, but as a first step, the entrants submit a partial manuscript.  If their partial makes it past the eagle eyes of our judges, they then have five days to submit the full manuscript, which are in turn whittled down to a list of finalists.  All of these people below have made it over the first hurdle, so we need to congratulate them and wish them all the best for the next round!  And here they are:

Josephine Allen
JP Combe
Frances Dall’Alba
Lexi Greene
Georgia Henry
Jo Kelsey
Dianna Lennox
Kerrie Paterson
Sue Price
Joanne Robertson (x2)
Annabelle Rose
Lisa Stanbridge
PJ Vye
Emerald Pro:
Heidi Catherine
Morgan Cole
Tess LeSue
Well done to everyone who entered, and thanks as always to the contest manager, Marnie MacLean, and all our judges.

Ella Finalists Announced

Drumroll please!  With apologies to our regular Thursday column, Cruisin’ (which has been bumped to tomorrow), we are delighted to announce the finalists for the reader-judged RWA Ella contest, for novella-length published romances.

Ask Me To Stay                 Elise Ackers

Worth the Risk                  Sarah Mayberry

Christmas at the                Rebecca Raisin
Gingerbread Cafe

Christmas Cinderella        Elizabeth Rolls
(in ‘A Sprinkling of
Christmas Magic’ anthology)

Our thanks, as always to all the volunteers who help to make the Ruby possible, especially Raewyn, contest co-ordinator for this year’s Ella and all the reader judges and judge co-ordinators.

Congratulations to all of our finalists and best of luck with the final round of judging!

The winner of the Ella is announced at the awards dinner at our conference in August and will be on this blog on Sunday the 10th of August 2014.

The Ella is approaching!


In 2013 Romance Writers of Australia introduced the Ella, the Romantic Novella of the Year Award, to acknowledge excellence in shorter length romance stories.

Romance Writers of Australia is pleased to invite all Australian and New Zealand authors of romance novellas to enter the 2014 Ella, our premier competition for authors of romance novellas.*

This year the Ella will be fully electronic. We are accepting emailed entries of romance novellas with a word count of 10K to 40K and published between 1st January 2013 and 31st December 2013.

The Ella opens on the 6th January 2014 with a closing date of 7th February 2014. Entry forms and guidelines can be found on our website at: http://www.romanceaustralia.com/p/115/Ella

Members of Romance Writers of Australia are charged a lesser fee. Please contact Raewyn Bright, at ella@romanceaustralia.com if you are uncertain if your membership is still active.

If you have any queries at all, please email me at the address below. I look forward to receiving your entries and wish you good luck.

* Self-published novellas, or novellas printed by vanity publishers are not eligible for the Ella 2014. For further clarification, please email me at the address below.


Raewyn Bright
Ella Contest Co-Ordinator

Little Gem Cover Contest

The Little Gems Management Team is delighted to announce Frank Honsa as the winner of our 2012 Little Gems Diamond Cover Contest. As usual we had a difficult decision to make with some super designs entered.

Rebekah Turner was runner-up with a very pretty cover but we eventually chose Frank’s for the boldness and the way the diamond is featured so well. A strikingly different design for the most precious of gems.

Check it out when it appears on the Blog. It should be up very soon.
Lis Hoorweg
Little Gems Manager

New Valerie Parv Award Entry Form – URGENT NOTIFICATION‏

To All VPA Entrants,

There has been a slight problem with the VPA entry form. Details regarding
entry fees were not quite correct. The contest page was correct but the
entry form did not include GST details.

That is now fixed and the new entry form should soon be available on the RWA

The version you need to use has details about GST in the Entry Fee section
of Page 1 and also in the accompanying description. Please use this version
of the form.

Thank you for your understanding and I hope this has not caused you too much
of a problem.

Please note: the Entry form file is quite large as it contains instructions
on filling out the entry form and formatting your entry, so it can take a
few minutes to download from the site. Just be patient, it eventually

Thank you,

Pam Collings – VPA Coordinator

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