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Sunday, March 28, 2010


Indiana Romance Writers of America presents

The 20th Anniversary of



Our detailed score sheet and considerate feedback can help you fine-tune your manuscript.


**Trained first-round judges, including published authors

**Acquiring editors and agents as second- and third-round judges

**$50 for first place in each category

**The Best-of-the- Best winner is chosen from among the first-place winners in each category and will receive $100.


DEADLINE: Entries must be received by June 27, 2010. For your convenience, IGO accepts only electronic entries.


ENTRY FEE:  $25.  Can use PayPal or mail a check.


ELIGIBILITY: Unpublished in novel-length fiction by a non-vanity publisher in the last five years (See www.indianarwa. com for detailed eligibility guidelines.)


ENTRY:  Beginning chapters (prologue included) and synopsis. Pages and synopsis combined not to exceed 35 double-spaced pages.


FIRST-ROUND JUDGES: Either trained judges or published authors.



Historical/Regency: Jesse Feldman, NAL

Mainstream with Strong Romantic Elements: Maureen Walters, Curtis Brown, LTD

Paranormal: Alicia Condon, Kensington

Romantic Suspense: Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks

Single Title: Latoya Smith, Grand Central Publishing

Young Adult*:  Holly Root, Waxman Literary Agency


BEST-OF-THE- BEST JUDGE: Meredith Giordan, Berkley


*Young Adult does not need to be a romance.



The top entry in each category will receive $50 in cash and a certificate


The entry judged best overall will receive $100 in cash and a certificate.


Further information and contest rules are available through our IRWA Web site: www.indianarwa. com


If you have any questions, you can e-mail the Contest Coordinator at: contest@indianarwa. com


Best of luck!  We look forward to reading your entries.


Shari Held

Contest Coordinator

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