Pages From The Heart Contest 2017

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Submission period

June 1 – June 30, 2017

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Entry

Electronic entry will be no more than the first 6,000 words of your original, unpublished, and uncontracted work-in-progress or completed manuscript.

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Eligibility

– Published Author: the writer is contracted or published, but the entry itself must not be contracted or published as of June 30, 2017. Self-published authors are welcome. The manuscript must be your original work.

– Unpublished Author: the writer has not accepted a publishing offer for, or self-published, a work of original fictional narrative prose of 20,000 words or more (by June 30, 2017). The manuscript must be your original work.

Pages from the Heart Contest is open to RWA Members only.

Previous winners of the Pages from the Heart contest may not re-enter the same manuscript during the 2017 contest.

All other finalists may enter the same manuscript as they had in previous years.

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Contest Categories

Contemporary Novel – SHORT: (category romance, includes Novel with Strong Romantic Elements) Romantic novels, which may also include sensuality that may or may not be intense. Manuscript is set from 1950 to the present with a projected length between 40,000 and 65,000 words. The end of the book is emotionally satisfying and optimistic.

Contemporary Novel – LONG: (single-title romance, includes Novel with Strong Romantic Elements) Romantic novels, which may also include sensuality that may or may not be intense. Manuscript is set from 1950 to the present with a projected length of more than 65,000 words. The end of the book is emotionally satisfying and optimistic.

Historical Novel: Manuscript is set in any historical time period before 1950, has a strong romantic element throughout, and a projected length of more than 40,000 words. The end of the book is emotionally satisfying and optimistic.

Paranormal/Fantasy/Futuristic/Time Travel Novel: Romantic novels featuring paranormal happenings, a fantasy world, the future, or time travel as an integral part of the plot. Manuscript has a projected length of more than 40,000 words. The end of the book is emotionally satisfying and optimistic.

Romantic Suspense/Mystery Novel: Romantic novels featuring suspense or mystery as an integral part of the plot. Manuscript has a projected length of more than 40,000 words. The end of the book is emotionally satisfying and optimistic.

Young Adult Novel: Romantic novels appropriate for young adult readers. Includes young adult heroes and heroines not exceeding 18 years of age. Manuscript has a projected length of more than 40,000 words. The end of the book is emotionally satisfying and optimistic.

 

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FTHRW reserves the right to cancel a category if an insufficient
number of entries are received, and to limit the total number of contest entries to 150.

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Divisions of the same category may be combined if the number
of entries is insufficient for one of these categories.

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Contemporary-Short and Contemporary-Long may be combined if the number of entries is insufficient for one of these categories.

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Judging

First Round: Three Judges per entry. The lowest score will be dropped, but will be used in case of a tie.

Second Round: Ranking completed by two professionals in the publishing industry. Scores from both judges will be combined. Highest total score determines each category winner. A comment section will be available for judge feedback, though it is not required.

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FTHRW reserves the right to change a final judge if the initial judge must bow out.

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Second Round Judges

PUBLISHED AUTHOR DIVISION

Published Author –  Short Contemporary

Editor    Patience Bloom – Harlequin

Editor    Kristine Swartz – The Berkley Publishing Group

 

Published Author – Long Contemporary

Agent:  Jessica Watterson – Sandra Dijkstra and Associates Literary Agency

Editor:   Kerri Buckley – Carina Press

 

Published Author – Romantic Suspense / Mystery

Editor:   Elizabeth May – Kensington Books

Editor:   Stephanie Doig – Carina Press

 

Published Author – Historical

Agent:  Linda Scalissi – Three Seas Literary Agency

Editor:   Jennie Conway – St. Martin’s Press

 

Published Author – Paranormal/Fantasy/Futuristic/Time Travel

Editor:   Keyla Hernandez – Harlequin

Editor:   Mary Altman – Sourcebooks

 

Published Author – Young Adult

Editor    Alexandra Sehulster – St. Martin’s Press

Editor:   Alycia Tornetta – Entangled Publishing

 

UNPUBLISHED AUTHOR DIVISION

Unpublished Author – Long contemporary

Agent:  Erin Niumata – Folio Literary Management

Editor:   Deb Werksman – Sourcebooks

 

Unpublished Author – Short Contemporary

Agent:  Scott Eagan – Greyhaus Literary Agency

Editor    Janet Clementz – Soul Mate Publishing

 

Unpublished Author – Historical

Agent:  Cheryl Ferguson – The Ferguson Literary Agency

Editor:   Erin Molta – Entangled Publishing

 

Unpublished Author – Romantic Suspense / Mystery

Agent:  Andrea Somberg – Harvey Klinger Inc.

Editor    Kayla King – Harlequin

 

Unpublished Author – Paranormal/Fantasy/Futuristic/Time Travel

Agent:  Julie Gwinn – The Seymour Agency

Editor:   Sarah Blumenstock – Berkley

 

Unpublished Author – Young Adult

Agent:  Patricia Nelson – Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Editor:   Alice Jerman – HarperCollins

 

HERO OF OUR HEART AWARD

Agent:  Nicole Resciniti – The Seymour Agency

Editor:   Susan Grimshaw – Penguin-Random House

 

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Prizes

All prizes are for all categories in both unpublished and published authors’ divisions.

First Place: $30.00 (Payable through Paypal) Website/avatar graphic + printable e-certificate + name in contest winners section of the RWA Report

Second Place: 1-year paid membership to FTHRW + Website/avatar graphic + printable e-certificate + name in contest winners section of the RWA Report.

Third Place: Website/avatar graphic + printable e-certificate + name in contest winners section of the RWA Report.

Honorable Mention Website/avatar graphic + printable e-certificate + name in contest winners section of the RWA Report.

 

Hero of Our Heart Prize:

First place receives $50 (Payable through Paypal) + name in contest winners section of the RWA Report + and a website/avatar graphic + printable e-certificate. Second through fourth place will receive a website/avatar graphic + printable e-certificate.

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– All finalists’ and winners’ names will be listed on the FTHRW website with a link to one social media site of the writer’s choice.

– All entrants will receive the score sheets from each judge along with their judged submission, including the dropped score. Judges are encouraged to give additional feedback comments at their discretion.

– Blank First-Round Judging Score Sheet as well as Judging Guidelines are available below so potential entrants can see what’s being evaluated.

– We stay connected to you every step of the way through our Contest News yahoo loop. You will be updated when the contest closes, when Judges have received entries, when Judges have started returning entries, etc.

– Upon exiting the contest, we will encourage feedback from contestants, judges, and other volunteers. We want to provide a contest that YOU want to be a part of!

 

Important Dates

June 1st: Contest opens for submissions

June 30th: Deadline for submissions 11:59 PM Pacific Time

September 1: Finalists announced

November 6: Winners announced on or before this date.

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Fees

Entry fee: $26 RWA members and $21 for FTHRW members (US funds paid through PayPal on entry form.)

Multiple entries: $16 for subsequent entries (US funds paid through PayPal on entry form.) Please note that each manuscript can only be entered once.

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Formatting:

  • Entry must be 6,000 words or less
  • Entry must be saved as a .doc file
    • Entry must have one-inch margins, first line of paragraphs indented, and is double-spaced or set to have exactly 25 lines per page
    • Font is either Times New Roman 12 or 14 or Courier 12
    • Header: Title / Division – Category / page number
    • Author’s name must NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript and personal information must be cleared from the file.

Fill out the Cover Sheet. The Cover Sheet is designed to provide judges with a great deal of information about your entry that will help them to critique/comment in the most objective manner possible. The Cover Sheet also indicates if you want your entry to be considered for the Hero of Our Heart Award. If the Cover Sheet is not filled out, your entry’s hero will not be entered for this award.

 

You must send the cover sheet and your entry as two separate files. Please attach the cover sheet to the same email you use to attach the entry.

 

Please see our FAQ page for guidelines on how to format using some versions of Microsoft Word.

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How to Submit:

There is a three-step submission:

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1.  Submit the electronic entry form beginning June 1.
Please fill out one form for each entry. See links to forms below.

For second and third entries, etc., choose the “Additional Entry” option in the paypal drop down menu.

ENTRY FORMS

Contemporary Short Novel Category Entry Form

Contemporary Long Novel Category Entry Form

Historical Novel Entry Form

Paranormal / Fantasy / Futuristic / Time Travel Novel Entry Form

Romantic Suspense / Mystery Novel Entry Form

Young Adult Novel Entry Form

2. Download the Cover Sheet and fill it out.

 

3. The ENTRY and Cover Sheet must be emailed as two separate attachments to the correct category coordinator right after you submit your entry form and pay the entry fee through paypal.

Please use the following subject line:

FTH Contest Entry – Title / Category

example: PFTH Contest Entry – Fifty Shades of Lust / PA-Hist

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Email to the following address:

Published Author Division

PA-Hist@fthrw.com
PA-LongCntp@fthrw.com
PA-Para@fthrw.com
PA-ShortCntp@fthrw.com
PA-Susp@fthrw.com
PA-YA@fthrw.com

Unpublished Division

UA-Hist@fthrw.com
UA-LongCntp@fthrw.com
UA-Para@fthrw.com
UA-ShortCntp@fthrw.com
UA-Susp@fthrw.com
UA-YA@fthrw.com

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Would you like to become a Judge?

Please fill out a Judge Application Form.

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2017 PFTH Judging Guidelines

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Would you like to see a copy of our scoresheets?

First Round Scoresheet

Second Round Scoresheet

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Questions?

Click Here! Frequently Asked Questions

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Please note: All judges’ decisions are not the responsibility of the contest coordinators. All decisions are final. Errors or omissions stand.

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Disclaimer: The rules on this web page as of June 1, 2017, override any previous rules.

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