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10,000 words of your unpublished work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

 

Awards Night Results 2016

Once again, our conference organisers hosted a wonderful conference dinner and glorious award presentation.

Thank you to our conference committee for organising and managing such a great event.  We must also thank our lovely president, Leisl Leighton, who MC’d the evening for us.

We started by congratulating the winners of the Cover Contest, the Ripping Start, Selling Synopsis, First Kiss, Little Gems and Little Gems Cover Awards, all of which were decided and announced during the year.  (If you would like to revisit the winners and finalists, there are links at the end of this post.)  Thank you to Michael Hauge, Erica Hayes, Joanne Grant, Pauline Johnston, Sarah E Younger, Tricia Sargant and Lis Hoorweg for presenting those awards.

Then we moved onto the awards that are saved for the big reveal at the conference, which this year included the ROMA, The Valerie Parv Award, The Emerald, The Emerald Pro, The Ruby (in all its various categories), the Lynne Wilding Meritorious Service Award and a Life Member Award. We also announced the covers from our members’ books that we voted as our favourites in several categories.  Thank you to Leisl Leighton, Valerie Parv, Jo McAllister, Esi Sogah, Erica Hayes, Kerri Lane, Michael Hauge, Annie Lynch, Nikoo McGoldrick, Jim McGoldrick, Amy Andrews and Anita Joy for presenting these awards.  Thanks too, to Anne Gracie for the famous and much-loved ‘stand ups’!

I must also take this opportunity to thank Erica Hayes and all the volunteer members of the contest team of RWA, without whom, our contest season could not happen.

And now, for the results, drumroll please…

The Cover Contest competition, judged by our members.  As authors, we often have very little control over our covers, so we are always grateful when the cover fairies (otherwise known as the artists and publishers who create the art) bless us.  This year, our most blessed books, as judged by our members, were: (if you’d like to see the covers in question, you can find them here.

Favourite Contemporary Romance Cover:

Operation White Christmas – Nicki Edwards – Pan MacMillan

Favourite Erotic/Sexy Romance Cover:

The Veiled Heart – Elsa Holland – Self Published: Artist, Hang Le

Favourite Historical Romance Cover:

The King’s Man – Alison Stuart – Escape Publishing

Favourite NA/YA Romance Cover:

The Finn Factor – Rachel Bailey – Entangled Embrace

Favourite Paranormal Romance Cover:

The Shattered Court – M J Scott – Penguin/ROC

Favourite Romantic Elements Cover:

Pretty Famous – Carla Caruso – Harper Impulse

Favourite Romantic Suspense Cover:

Storm Clouds – Bronwyn Parry – Hachette Australia

Favourite Rural Romance Cover:

Summer and the Groomsman – Cathryn Hein – Self-published. Artist Kellie Dennis, Book Cover by Design.

Congratulations to all these members for having great luck with the cover fairies and to the publishers who commissioned and artists who created these gorgeous covers.

 

The Roma Award for Media

The finalists for the ROMA Award 2016 were:

Danielle Binks; 

It takes a village to write a romance: the surprising rise of collaborative fiction.”

and

By any other name: the secret lives of romance authors.

 The Wheeler Centre

“The F word: A live podcast, featuring Kate Bell, Kat Mayo and Beth Driscoll”

The ROMA is an award to recognise professional, positive media coverage of the romance industry. It was launched by Romance Writers of Australia (Inc) (RWA) to help recognise and acknowledge those members of the media who reach beyond the cliché in their reporting on romance writers, releases or industry. In determining the winner, the award selection panel look at the angle of the article, the quality of research, the representation of romance and the ‘reach’ of the piece.  Any RWA member can nominate a media piece that they feel stands out as particularly worthy.

And the ROMA was awarded to:

Danielle Binks, for BOTH her pieces – they tied!

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The Valerie Parv Award (VPA) 

Highly Commended:

Bloodlines – Jess Langhorne

By Love Undone – Samara Kelly

His Bargained-for Bride – Jodie Morphett

3rd Place: Starborn – Samantha Wicks

2nd Place: Demon Curse – Raewyn Bright

And the winner and the new minion is…

1st Place, VPA – Fighting Spirit – Chris Weston

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The Emerald Award

3rd Place: The Shooting Star – Frances Dall’Alba

2nd Place: Alpine Kisses – Laura Boon

1st Place: Island Redemption – Suzanne Cass

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Emerald Pro

1st Place: A Suitcase, a Smile and a Lie – Katy Scott

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The Lyn Wilding Meritorious Service Award.

The LWA is named in honour of RWA’s first president, Lyn Wilding, and honours our wonderful volunteers.  In this sense, it is not won, but awarded, as all our volunteers and all the nominees are winners in our eyes.  This year, those nominated included Linda Brown, Daniel DeLorne, Imelda Evans, Erica Hayes, Delwyn Jenkins, Jillian Jones and Vicki Vuat.  We would like to thank all of them for their service, and the members who took to the trouble to nominate them.  We appreciate all your efforts.  But the award can only go to one and this year the recipient is:

Daniel DeLorne

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New Life Member

In honour of her long history of sharing her expertise and experience with RWA, we are delighted to announce our newest Life Member:

Valerie Parv

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Ruby Award for Romantic Book of the Year

Ruby Novella Finalists:

Misletoe Maverick – Shannon Curtis – self-published

Silk and Scars – Cassandra Dean – Decadent Publishing

What a Bachelor Needs – Kelly Hunter – Tule Publishing

Pursued by a Rogue – Kelly Hunter – Tule Publishing

And the Ruby goes to:

What a Bachelor Needs – Kelly Hunter – Tule Publishing

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Ruby Short Sweet Finalists:

The Secret Son (Retitled as The Montana Son) – Joan Kilby – Tule Publishing

You for Christmas – Madeline Ash – Tule Publishing

Still Married to her Ex – Lucy Clark – HM&B Medical

Home to Bindara Creek – Juanita Kees – Self Published

Reach for the Stars – Kerrie Patterson – Self Published

And the Ruby goes to:

The Secret Son (Retitled as The Montana Son) – Joan Kilby – Tule Publishing

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Ruby Short Sexy finalists:

Tribal Law – Shannon Curtis – Australian Romance Readers Association

The Wedding Bargain – Yvonne Lindsay – Harlequin Desire

Pretend It’s Love – Stephanie London – Entangled Lovestruck

Never Surrender – Rosie Miles – Entangled Ignite

Seducing His Enemy’s Daughter – Annie West – HM&B Sexy

And the Ruby goes to:

Never Surrender – Rosie Miles – Entangled Ignite

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Ruby Long Romance finalists:

Rise – Karina Bliss – Self Published

The Spring Bride – Anne Gracie – Berkley/Penguin Random House

Kakadu Sunset – Annie Seaton – Pan MacMillan Australia

Lethal in Love – Michelle Somers – Random House Australia

And the Ruby goes to:

Lethal in Love – Michelle Somers – Random House Australia

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Ruby Romantic Elements finalists:

A Dangerous Arrangement – Lee Christine – Escape Publishing

The Patterson Girls – Rachel Johns – Harlequin MIRA

Pay the Piper – Mary Brock Jones – Self Published

Between the Vines – Tricia Stringer – Harlequin MIRA

And the Ruby goes to:

The Patterson Girls – Rachel Johns – Harlequin MIRA

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Finally, here are the links for the previously announced competitions:

Ripping Start Results 2016

Selling Synopsis Results 2016

First Kiss Results 2016

Little Gems and Little Gems Cover Results 2016

 

And then we all boogied our celebrations at the Escape after-party till they kicked us out!

Congratulations to all the winners and recipients and to all those admiring them from afar, make sure you enter next year.  You have to be in it to win it!

 

 

Valerie Parv Award opening soon

All Aspiring and Emerging RWA members are invited to enter the Valerie Parv Award contest which opens on 8 April. For more information and to enter, go to  http://www.romanceaustralia.com/p/110/Valerie-Parv-Award

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Valerie Parv Award Finalists

With trumpets blaring, please welcome our finalists in this year’s Valerie Parv award for unpublished novelists.  This contest, for a year of mentoring with Valerie Parv, is always hotly contested and this year, so hotly that we have seven finalists, as there was a tie for 6th place.  Here they are, in alphabetical order:

Rowena Candlish
Karina Coldrick
Audrey Ford
Enisa Haines
Anne Merrick
Anne Prince
Tricia Sargant

Congratulations to all the finalists and best of luck with Valerie.  Thanks to Erica Hayes for co-ordinating the contest, to Valerie for final judging (and being the prize) and all the volunteers who make our contest season possible.

Cruisin’ with RWA

The Cruisin’ Crew wish you all a safe and happy Easter. We have a collection of blogs to keep you company this long weekend.

Cruisin’ the Newseaster chick

We love celebrating success. Our members are encouraged to send in their New Release news for publishing in Hearts Talk and the New Releases blog. Don’t miss the deadline! Send in your new releases by the 8th of every month to: newreleases@romanceaustralia.com htgoodnews@romanceaustralia.com Of course, the Cruisin’ Crew don’t want to miss out on the celebrations, so drop Clint and Enrico an email with your blogs, new contract, first sale, new cover or release news at cruisin@romanceaustralia.com. Don’t forget to come back on Sunday for a list of exciting writing-related events delivered by our members.

Keeping up AppearancesanneMugshotSmall

Anne Gracie will be in Sydney on Sunday 4th May, (please note change of date) conducting a one day workshop on writing romance for the NSW Writers Centre. Further details here, including cost.

New Releases

A Dorset Girl – Beyond The Plough – A Handful of Ashes (Trilogy)
The Stonecutter’s Daughter – Where Seagulls Soar (Duo)
The Convict’s Woman (single)

New Contracts

SAVING SHELBY SUMMERS, Margaret’s third romance with dogs, was accepted for July release by Secret Cravings Publishers.

The Valerie Parv Award

The Valerie Parv Award offers the winner a year of mentorship with bestselling Australian romance author Valerie Parv. Enter the first 10,000 words of your romance or romantic elements manuscript (40K+) along with a 1,000 word synopsis.

Opens:  18 April 2014

Closes: 2 May 2014, or when contest fills.

Enter: first 10,000 words (max) + 1000 word (max) synopsis of your unpublished romance/romantic elements novel (any length 40K+) by email only.

Maximum TWO entries per person

Open to RWAustralia members and non-members; unpublished writers only

Final judges: Valerie Parv will rank the 6 finalists

Prizes: 1st – 1 year mentorship with Valerie Parv, plus $300 2nd – $200 3rd – $100

Formatting sample

Sample score sheet

Questions to rwa.vpa@gmail.com (Erica Hayes, contest manager)

RWA Blog

April 20 – Event Announcements

April 21Author Spotlight on Delwyn JenkinsPARV PHOTO

April 22Conference Spotlight: Romance Rocks 2014 presents…Valerie Parv

April 23Author Spotlight on Cassandra L Shaw

Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Are you an RWA Member? Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

JM Bray’s cover reveal and interview on All the World’s a Page and yes, I have a ‘thing’ about Tuffy! I’m jealous! Pop in and meet one of romantic fantasy’s male writers.

All the World’s a Page is hosting two writers over the next two weeks who showcase what our RWA is about: The Newly Published Author and the International Best-Seller Author.

April 20 (Easter weekend!) – introducing the delightful Amy Rose Bennett and her debut release

April 26 and 27 – Wonderful Anna Jacobs calls in to talk about the last in her “Traders” series.

Easter treats on Friday Feast! Join me for a bit of fun where I talk about my upcoming rural romance ROCKING HORSE HILL, childhood Easter adventures and share an easy-peasy recipe for breadmaker hot-uncrossed buns. So bunny hop on over. There may be books and chocolate…

April 15 – Good New Day

April 19 – On Enchanted Orb we have action & romance writer, Anna Hackett

Blogs from Fantasy and Paranormal Author Eleni Konstantine

Ann B Harrison discussing Beating Writers Block

Lauren McKellar discussing her experience at the recent Indie Authors Down Under Conference

Simone Cooper discussing The Power of the Written Word

April 17 – If you speak German or want to freshen up on it, check out my post this week. I’m featuring Hellen May’s very successful first novel UND WIEDER CARMEL – she’s also my best friend

Also – on my shared blog FourFoxesOneHound, don’t miss Kate Belle’s wonderful guest blog “What is it about small Aussie towns?”

Do you have a fave country pub? Simon & Schuster want to know and you can WIN a copy of SIMMERING SEASON. I may even drop in one day for a beer.

At Home With Jenn J Mcleod on my blog today, where she tells us all about her home life, her pets, and something exciting she’s about to undertake! Plus she’s giving away a copy of either HOUSE FOR ALL SEASONS or SIMMERING SEASON to someone who leaves a comment.

EE Carter was on my blog this week talking about her very unusual collection.

Also cool websites and videos from around the web – Birthdays, bad movies and British Accents.

S E Gilchrist is running fun character interviews ‘Who are you?’ on her blog this year. This week we have Hampton Rourke from Nicole Murphy’s fantasy trilogy.

Enrico’s Pick Six

Submit your blog site link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com to share with our readers. Enrico hand picks six blogs to showcase every week. EnricoEnrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Alicia Honsa
  2. Bronwen Evans
  3. Cassandra Cornell
  4. Denise Rossetti
  5. Elisabeth Rose
  6. Fiona Lowe

Have a great week and happy writing!

Event Announcements

Hello and welcome back! With the excitement of RWA 2013 now a happy memory, it’s time to start planning for next year. A huge congratulations and thank you to the 2013 Conference team, volunteers, sponsors, presenters and delegates who made it possible to ride the waves of romance in the beautiful town of Fremantle. I hope you enjoyed the delights Western Australia has to offer.

RWA Conference 2014

Romance Rocks!

4 days. 30+ workshops. Over 300 writers, editors, agents and publishing industry professionals. One epic conference.  Join us in Sydney with guest speakers; thriller writer and writing craft author, James Scott Bell, along with award-winning, best-selling romantic adventure author, Cherry Adair.

When: August 7-10 2014
Where: Novotel Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush

Keep an eye out for updates on the blog and website for more information.

Contests

RWAus contest season is now open and we have a ripping new contest for our unpublished writers. Closing dates for the 2013-14 contest season:

Ripping Start 6 September 2013
Selling Synopsis 22 November 2013
Emerald Award 22 November 2013
Little Gems 31 January 2014
First Kiss 14 February 2014
Valerie Parv Award TBA April 2014

Awards

The EllaPrint

RWA is excited to launch a new contest for published novellas. To be known as The Ella, the romantic novella of the year award will be a reader-judged contest, and the winner will be announced at RWA’s national conference in August.

The RUBYPrint

The Romantic Book of the Year Award, affectionately known as The Ruby, is our premier award and the only one of its kind in Australia. Voted on by Australian readers, this contest is open each year to any Australian or New Zealand romance author who has published a long or short romance novel.

Keeping up Appearances

If you live in or near Melbourne, Anne Gracie is taking a short course in romance writing, to be held over 4 months — a full day workshop on the first Sunday of each month. The course is being run by Writers Victoria at the Wheeler Centre in the heart of Melbourne.

When: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Where: Writers VictoriaCost: M $325 NM $390

FMI + bookings: http://writersvictoria.org.au/what-s-on/event/writing-romance/

When: Thursday 29th August

Time: 7pm – 8.30pm

Where: Eltham Library, Panther Place, Eltham

Cost: Free

Bookings through Eltham Library,

03 9439 9266 or via their website.

In September, and again in November, CAE is running Beverly Eikli’s Short Course, Write Romance and Sell it:

Do you want to write a romance novel? Do you have a manuscript or two gathering dust? Multi-published and award-winning romance author Beverley Eikli will help you develop that kernel of an idea that sells a romance. Learn practical devices to improve plot, pacing and presentation, as well as how to pitch to traditional publishers, e-publishers, independents and small press. Beverley will also discuss self-publishing, changing markets and what editors are looking for.

When: 10.00am-1.00pm

Cost: 4 sessions Full Fee: $320.00 | Concession: $310.00 Find out more on their website.

AUGUST 2013

Friday 30 August – SYDNEY

Throbbing Hearts Trivia Night – 6.30 to 11.00 pm

Cost: $8.50

To book: website

WORKSHOP EVENT – with Jenn J McLeod & others incl. Kate Cuthbert – Escape Publishing. A one-day symposium focusing on how writers promote themselves and their work in the constantly changing world of publishing.

When: 10am – 4pm

Where: NSW Writers’ Centre

Cost: Full Price: $90; Member (NSW WC): $65; Conc Member: $55

For writers and publishers, the challenge is always how to get a book into the hands of readers. Whether you self-publish or go with a mainstream publisher, whether it’s an ebook, print or both, the challenge of promoting yourself and launching your book into the world remains. Open Access will bring together authors, publishers, a bookseller, digital expert, and industry professionals to talk about how they do this – their hits and their misses.

FMI + Bookings: http://www.nswwc.org.au/products-page/courses/open-access-selling-your-book-in-the-digital-age/

Writer’s Classes, Groups and Library Events

Workshops

Fiction Fundamentals – a one-day writing intensive workshop. Inform. Excite. Ignite. Register for Fiction Fundamentals

Are you committed to writing, but not sure how to get started? You have a story idea, and are overwhelmed by the complexity of the header narrowtask? Or you’ve started, maybe even published, and you want to explore and improve your craft? Perhaps you’re considering the path of self-publishing?

The Write Chicks are multi-published romance fiction authors, Shannon Curtis and Paula Roe. Together, they have over 12 years’ writing experience. They will be joined by Jennifer Brassel, published author and creative writing instructor and for one day these professional authors will share their experience and techniques for writing and publishing in an intensive seminar designed to boost your own skills and knowledge.

Whether you’re looking to learn something new, or wanting to hone your craft, this writing boot camp will deliver value for money. Three authors. Intense, comprehensive sessions. One event.

Special Events

  • Brisbane Writers Festival: 4-8 September 2013

Brisbane Writers Festival brings a page-turning experience to Brisbane from 4-8 September.

Romance Writers of Australia will launch the 2013 Little Gems Sapphire Anthology at the Brisbane Writers Festival. Enjoy readings from this annual publication that celebrates the best romantic short stories.

When: 10-11AM.Print

Date: Sunday, 8 September.

Venue: Red Box, State Library of QLD.

Tickets: Free.

Romance Writers of Australia will present popular romance blogger and critic Sarah Wendell in discussion with New York Times best-selling author, Nalini Singh at the Brisbane Writers Festival.

Time: 1-2pm, Date: Sunday, 8 September.

Venue: Auditorium 1, State Library of QLD.

Tickets: $12-$16.

  • Melbourne Writers Festival 22 August – 1 September 2013

The Melbourne Writers Festival is the City of Literature’s annual, two-week celebration for writers, readers and thinkers. The Festival runs from Thursday 22 August 2013 to Sunday 1 September 2013. Our Schools’ Program takes place from Monday 26 August 2013 to Thursday 29 August 2013.

  • Random House Events

Keep up to date with Random House Australia’s calendar of events including upcoming author appearances, tour dates and special events.

  • Penguin House Events May – October 2013

Penguin have a list of author appearances up on their website – including Cathryn Hein and Kylie Griffin.

  • Literary Festivals and Events May 2013

For more festival and writing fun, Literary Festivals has a calender packed full of workshops and events.

Online Events

Classes are run from Margie Lawson’s website using on-line teaching software used by universities. Take a cyber tour before you start your class and introduce yourself.

Affordable forum-style writing classes

A double Golden Heart finalist in 2006, Julie Rowe has been writing for over ten years. Julie  teaches a variety of workshops and is the moderator of the Announce Online Classes email loop, which promotes online classes for writers.

To subscribe to the Announce online Classes email loop, send an email to: Announceonlinewritingclasses-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Cruisin’ with RWA

What a week! The Romance Writers of Australia have a great, new-look website and blog, plus an awesome new logo thanks to the hard work of our webmistress. Riding the Waves was a huge success and we celebrated our members’ achievements well into the night at the Gala Awards and After Party. There are posts galore from our members, so be sure to click on the links below and share in the good news and celebrations.

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Cruisin’ the News

Share your good news with us each week and we’ll join you in your happy dance. Congratulations to all our members on their achievements this week. Have you got news or a blog to share? Send us the link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

Good News

Iris’s fourth book, NEW BEGINNINGS released by Astraea Press and set in the beautiful city of Hobart, is now available in on-line stores

Anna’s third and final book in the Wiltshire Girls series, YEW TREE GARDENS, will be available in paperback from the end of August.

DANGEROUS DESIRE, published by Entangled, is now live on all e-tailers.

will indie-publish DEFIANT SURRENDER in September.

BLUSH, Book 2 in her Burlesque Bombshells series, has been released.

RWA Contests

Contest season opens on August 23.

Contests for unpublished writers:

The Emerald Award is our major contest for unpublished writers, and offers a unique opportunity to have your full manuscript judged if you make the second round. Initial entry is 10,000 words of your category or single title manuscript.

The Valerie Parv Award offers the winner a year of mentorship with bestselling Australian romance author Valerie Parv. Enter the first 10,000 words of your category or single title manuscript along with a 1,000 word synopsis.

The Ripping Start is for the first 1,500 words of your romance or romantic elements novel or novella. A great way to hone your hook

The First Kiss gives you the opportunity to showcase that romantic tension. Enter a 1500-word scene involving your protagonists’ first kiss, plus a half-page set-up.

The Selling Synopsis tests your synopsis-writing skills. Enter your category or single title synopsis for the chance to impress an agent or editor.

The Little Gems contest (also open to published authors) is for romantic short stories up to 3000 words, and offers finalists the chance to have their story published in an RWA anthology.

We also run a contest for artwork for the cover of the Little Gems anthology. This is open to members and non-members.

Contests for published authors:

The Romantic Book of the Year (R*BY) is our contest for published novels by Australian or New Zealand authors. It includes sections for Short Sweet Romance, Short Sexy Romance, Long Romance and Romantic Elements novels.
Entries for the 2013 R*BY (for novels published in 2012) open in December 2012.

The Ella is our contest for published novellas.

Our Little Gems short story contest is also open to published authors.

Looking for more contests?

In Australia, each state has a Writers’ Centre. Membership of the centre will give you access to the list of many competitions being held right across Australia in various forms of writing.

Romance Writers of America contests are summarised at Stephie Smith’s web page. Check the individual RWA chapter websites for full details.

Romance Writers of New Zealand contests can be found at their website.

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Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Clint fueled up the limo and went cruisin’ the Blogging Highway for great blogs to keep you entertained. Are you an RWA Member? Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

  • RWA Blog

August 18 – RWA Award Winners Announced

August 25 – Event Announcements

August 27 – Author Spotlight on Anna Campbell

Sarah Belle is looking for RWA members to spend a moment in the Author Spotlight with her. Email blogmistress@romanceaustralia.com to register your interest and answer a few questions.

August 29 – Cruisin’ with RWA

10 things I learned at the Romance Writers Conference

Anita shared this link to Inky Girl’s blog where a man proposed to his girlfriend with a self-published book he left for her to find in the library.

Feeling the cold? Then you need soupadouping up! Come and get cosy on Friday Feast this week with Australian author Leisl Leighton. With a delicious soup recipe on offer and Leisl’s spine-tingling debut romantic suspense KILLING ME SOFTLY, you’ll be fighting off those winter blues in no time. Plus tell us which soup warms the cockles of your heart and you’ll go into the draw to win a Kindle ebook copy of KILLING ME SOFTLY. Souper indeed!

Meeting, Greeting and Me (2013 RWAus Conference)

Recommends writing courses to gain valuable feedback

Win a copy of Cassandra’s book TEACH ME

RWAus13 Conference Overview

(SPOILER ALERT NZ!) Offspring’s Patrick is dead! (And oh, wasn’t there a social media meltdown when they killed him off?) The good news is … Author Harvest lives on – back due to popular demand – and has been revamped as Bar Yarns & Beer Nuts. Jenn is putting together a great author line up.

August 23 – RWNew Zealand: Heading to Wellington to celebrate New Zealand romance!

August 24 – CONFERENCE TIME: Memorable Moments with Sasha Cottman – an idea of what you can expect at conference!

August 27 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: Adina West – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!

August 31– CAT-URDAY! – Friends

Enrico’s Pick Six

Submit your blog site link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com to share with our readers. Enrico hand picks six blogs to showcase every week.

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:Enrico

  1. Anne Whitfield
  2. Christine Wells
  3. Hot Authors
  4. Janet Elizabeth Henderson
  5. Kylie Scott
  6. Louise Cusack

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Have a great week from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs.

Valerie Parv Finalists

The finalists have been decided in the 2013 Valerie Parv Award!  Congratulations go to:

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Valerie Parv Award 2012 Finalists

Warmest congratulations to this year’s finalists in the Valerie Parv Award, namely:

Madeline Ash
Bridget Gray
Anita Joy
Cornelia Kamp
Bronwyn McEvoy
Cassandra Pennington w/a Cassandra Samuels

The entries are now being assessed by Valerie Parv, who will announce the winner at the RWA Conference in August.

Many thanks to our VPA Contest Manager Erica Hayes, all the preliminary judges and our Contest Co-Ordinator, Lis Hoorweg.

Best of luck to all the finalists!

Cruisin’ the Blogs and Member News

This is it! Only 4 more sleeps. Here’s wishing all the conference goers the best of luck with their pitches. Good luck to all the awards nominees too. Enjoy the workshops, have a wonderful time and most especially, travel safely. I’m sure ROMAUS will be running hot with news and live updates.

For those attending the Claytons Conference, enjoy your virtual journey.

Keep your good news and blogs coming to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

Member News:

  • Kylie Griffin

Has a definite date for Book 2 in the Light Blade series due for release in July 2012!

  • Denise Rosetti

GUILTY AS SIN, #4 in the Phoenix Rising series is now available from Ellora’s Cave

Congratulations to all our members your successes this week.

RWA Special Notices:

The last shout out before it’s over until next year—From Here To Eternity

Romance Writers of Australia’s 20th Annual Conference

August 11-14, 2011

Hilton on the Park,

Melbourne

 

Claytons Conference:

When? 9am Friday August 12 to Sunday August 14, 2011

Where? On Line

How? Via a Claytons  Yahoo Group

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Cruisin’ the Blog

Where our Members are Blogging:

August 7 – Anne returns to blog at the Australian Romance  Readers Assoc

August 9 – Good News Day

August 10 – Winner of Maree Anderson’s  Secrets Anthology giveaway

Due to the RWA Conference there will be a break from Magic Thursday and Darklight On this week but look out  for new posts when we resume again next week.

See the cover and read the whole of the first chapter of GUILTY AS SIN, #4 in the Phoenix Rising  series

Meet Kate Cuthbert – writer, reviewer and  editor who is not afraid to stand up and speak about her love for the romance genre.

August 8 – Blogging at Manic Readers

August 9 –  Carina Press

August 15 – Romancing the Book  

August 8 – Guest Author: Cheryl Wright

August 11 – Want to read a post-apocalyptic romance?” book review of NIGHTFALL – Ellen Connor

August 13 – Interview with…Anna Campbell (an old article published in the RWA Hearts Talk magazine)

August 7 – Sunday Smooch with Michelle Douglas and THE CATTLEMAN, THE BABY AND ME with a giveaway

August 8 – Michelle Douglas talks about the results of her experiment – Does singing make you happier?

August 10 – Anna Hackett is blogging

August 12 – Robyn Grady promos some of the great events on offer at this year’s RWA Conference in Melbourne

Welcome to Mission:Romance where Juanita will be blogging about all things romantic including books, interviews with guest bloggers and the odd teaser from a ‘work-in-progress’.

TBA

August 12 – No Blog Bite this week due to the conference. Back from August 26  for our usual fortnightly feature – and it will be the lovely (and probably still exhausted from conference) Louise Reynolds.

August 14 – Cruisin’ the Blogs and Member News – Juanita Kees

 

Members Who Blog Regularly:

Eleni’s Taverna

Elisabeth Rose

H C Brown

Helene Young

Historical Belles and Beaus

Historical Saga Novels

Blogs of Interest:

Shared on ROMAUS this week:

  • Alli Sinclair

Has a talented artist friend who wants to branch out into book covers. His dream is to design book covers. He also specialises in branding and logo design, great for those who want to design their own business card or website. Visit his website for more information.

  • Kylie Griffin

Check out this post at the Writer Beware! blog about two companies soliciting work from authors.

A return to the mysterious em/en dashes that we’ve discussed on the loop before – here’s the Blood-Red Pencil’s explanation and examples of when/where and how to use them.

For anyone thinking about entering the RWA Golden Heart contest for 2012, the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood has a Golden Heart checklist and points on how to tell if your ms is ready to enter this competition.

  • Vonnie Hughes

If you are interested in reading or writing for an e-publisher, take a look at Aspen Mountain Press. Take a look their blog and website.

  • JJ Somerville

Shared a couple of Google links from Girls with Pens: Why Writers should be on Google and Writer’s guide to getting the most from Google.

  • Sharon Halasz

Just found out Pan MacMillan have started taking electronic submissions on Manuscript Mondays.

 

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Contests for 2012:

Contest season will be open for entries as follows:

August 13 – September 10, 2011 – HM&B High Five

August 27 – September 23, 2011 – Selling Synopsis

September 9 – October 7, 2011 – STALI

October 28 – November 25, 2011 – Emerald Award

January 6 – January 27, 2012 – Little Gems

January 13 – February 10, 2012 – First Kiss

TBA – Valeri Parv Award

For more information visit the RWA Website.

 

Challenges:

Dates for 2011 BIAW

October 24 to 30

For more information contact Pam Collings pam@collings.id.au

 

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Upcoming Events:

Aug 4, Sept 1, Oct 6, Nov 3, Dec 1 – Authoring the Author ~ William Kostakis

When: 6.30pm–9.30pm

Where: Surry Hills Library, NSW

Cost: $460 M, $390 MC, $650 NM

FMI + Bookings: http://www.nswwc.org.au/?page_id=3&ptag=july

 

August 13 – Put an End to
Procrastination ~ Tracy Crisp

When: 10:00am–1:00pm

Where: SA Writers’ Centre

Cost: $55 M, $77 NM

FMI + Bookings: admin@sawriters.org.au or (08) 8223 7662 OR

http://www.sawc.org.au/

 

August 16, 23 & 30;
September 6, 13 & 20 –
Become Your Own Best Editor and Make Your
Manuscript Shine ~ Linda Funnell

When: 6.30pm–9.30pm

Where: NSW Writers’ Centre

Cost: $380 M, $325 MC, $540 NM

FMI + Bookings: http://www.nswwc.org.au/?page_id=3&ptag=august

 

August 20 & 21 – Story Construction:
Plotting Your Novel ~ Greg Bastian

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: NSW Writers’ Centre

Cost: $205 M, $175 MC, $290 NM

http://www.nswwc.org.au/?page_id=3&ptag=august

 

August 30 – Tuesday Chat: How to
market your book on social networking sites ~ Dr Irina & William Webster

When: 1.00pm–2:00 pm

Where: ACT Writers Centre

Cost: Free

FMI + Bookings: http://www.actwriters.org.au/events/upcoming-workshops-events.shtml.

Bookings essential on (02) 6262 9191 or admin@actwriters.org.au.

 

September 4 – Marketing your book ~
Aleesah Darlison

When: 10.00am–4:00 pm

Where: ACT Writers Centre

Cost: $100 M, $90 MC, $160 NM

FMI + Bookings: http://www.actwriters.org.au/events/upcoming-workshops-events.shtml.

Bookings on (02) 6262 9191 or online.

 

September 7, 14, 21
& 28 –
Planning Your Career ~ Fran Cusworth & Paul Collins

When: 6.30pm–8.30pm

Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre

Cost: $170 M, $160 MC, $215 NM

Booking deadline: 29 August

FMI + Bookings: http://vwc.org.au/what-s-on/event/planning-your-career/

OR (03) 9094 7855

Brisbane Writers Festival Workshop

Writing a Romance that Sells with Christina Brooke and Anna Campbell

September 10

When: 10am to 1pm

Where: B.o.Q Heritage Collection Learning Room, State Library of Queensland

Cost: $75

Bookings: http://www.bwf.org.au/default.asp?PageID=254&EventID=151

September 11

When: 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Where: B.o.Q Heritage Collection Learning Room, State Library of Queensland

Cost: $75

Bookings: http://www.bwf.org.au/default.asp?PageID=254&EventID=163

~**~

Online Events:

Announce Online Writing Classes with Julia Rowe

Julia Rowe, a 2006 Golden Heart double finalist, moderates the Announce
Online Writing Classes list. The Announce Online Writing Classes list notifies
subscribers of around 25 to 35 workshops available each month. Most tutorials
are sponsored by Romance Writers of America chapters, but on occasion, other
reputable teachers are handpicked too.

Interested? Subscribe by sending an e-mail

~**~

Have a wonderful week.

Juanita

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