2018 Stiletto Contest Rules and Guidelines

 

The Stiletto Contest celebrates and recognizes excellence in
the contemporary romance genre for published and unpublished novels.
The Contemporary Romance Writers Chapter focuses on the contemporary romance genre and its inception of the Stiletto Contest upholds the chapter goal of bringing awareness to the best work by authors and writers in contemporary romance.

Published Entries and Submissions:

  1. Eligibility: All traditional, small press, e-published, and self-published novels released in 2017 are eligible.
    a. Predatory press entries are not permitted and will be disqualified without a refund.
    b. Any re-issue or re-release is not eligible for this contest.
    c. Any previous unpublished manuscript winner of the Stiletto Contest is not eligible.
    d. No anthologies will be accepted.
  2. All entries must have been released between January 1, 2017, and December 31, 2017.
  3. All novels must have a 25,000-word count minimum.
  4. Entries may be submitted beginning MARCH 9, 2018.
  5. Deadline for entries is APRIL 13, 2018 @ 11:59 pm.
  6. Electronic entries must be submitted in both mobi and ePub files.
    a. Entries submitted must use the novel’s title as the mobi and ePub file name.
  7. Paperback entries may be submitted. A $15 fee per entry will be added if choosing to enter paperback copies. All paperback copies must be received by April 13, 2018. Please include the novel’s entry receipt, along with 5 signed copies and send to:
    Contemporary Romance Writers
    c/o Stiletto Contest
    1921 Shaw Street
    North Huntingdon, PA 15642
  8. There is no limitation on the number of submissions per author.
  9. Entries may be submitted to only ONE primary category.
    a. Each category has a 10-entry minimum requirement. All entries will be given the option to choose a second category in case the first option does not reach the minimum requirement.
  10. Membership in RWA or Contemporary Romance Writers is not required.

Unpublished Entries:

  1. Eligibility: Authors may submit unpublished works under the following guidelines:
    a. The work is a standalone or, if the work is part of a series, it must be the first book in the series.
    b. The work must not be available on sites such as Wattpad.
    c. The work must not be under contract.
    d. Past Unpublished entries that did not final are eligible to re-enter any current Stiletto Contest categories.
    e. Ineligible:
    i. Past Unpublished entries that have finaled are ineligible, in any category.
    ii. Re-issued work. Any work available for purchase online or in print at any time is considered published and is ineligible, even if revised in whole or in part, renamed, and even if removed from POD or online purchase prior to the last five years.
    f. Any unpublished entry found to have broken any of the unpublished manuscript rules will be automatically disqualified from the contest without a refund.
    g. No anthologies will be accepted.
  2. All entries must have a 25,000-word count minimum.
  3. Submissions must include the first 7,000 words of the manuscript.
  4. A 500-word synopsis must be submitted at the end of each entry.
    a. This is not included in the word count.
    b. The synopsis will not be judged as part of the entry.
  5. Manuscript formatting:
    a. Times Roman 12 pt. font, double spaced with 1-inch margins.
    b. The title of the manuscript must be at the top of each page in header format, along with the category entered and the page number.
  6. Do NOT include your name or any other writer identifying marks on the manuscript.
    a. Be sure to remove all identifying file properties. Any manuscripts submitted with their name included will be disqualified without a refund.
  7. The manuscript must be sent as a document file (.doc), submitted under the name of the manuscript title.
  8. There is no limitation on the number of submissions per writer.
  9. Each category has a 10-entry minimum requirement.
    a. All entries will be given the option to choose a second category in case the first option does not reach the minimum requirement.
  10. Entries may be submitted beginning MARCH 9, 2018.
  11. Deadline for entries is APRIL 13, 2018 @ 11:59pm.
  12. Finalists in the unpublished category cannot be published in any format before the 2018 Stiletto Contest winners are announced at RWA Nationals on FRIDAY, July 20, 2018. Failure to follow this rule will result in entry disqualification without a refund.
  13. If an editor or agent requests a full manuscript from a finalist, the requesting editor and agent’s publishing procedures/requirements are to be followed.
  14. Membership in RWA or Contemporary Romance Writers is not required.

Entry Payments:

  1. All entries and payments are non-refundable.
  2. All payments must be made through PayPal.
  3. Cost for each published and unpublished entry:
    Contemporary Romance Writers members $15
    Non-members $25
    Paperback entry fee: Contemporary Romance Writers members $30
    Paperback entry fee: Non-members $40
  4. Payment must be made before submitting an entry. Entries without a payment or completed submission form will not be judged and no refund will be issued.

Judging:

  1. All published and non-published first round entries are judged by RWA General, PRO and PAN members. No judges outside of RWA are permitted.
  2. First round judges are given a 1-5 score sheet and are encouraged to use decimal points to help in tie-breakers. Any judge that enters a score under 4 is required to give constructive feedback as to the reason for that score.
  3. First round score sheets will be returned to the entrants.
  4. Final judges are industry editors and agents.
  5. The judges’ decisions are final.

Time Line for Stiletto contest activity:
Submissions Open: March 9, 2018
Submissions Close: April 13, 2018

Winners:

  1. Finalists for Unpublished categories will be notified by May 21, 2018.
  2. Finalists for Published categories will be notified by June 17, 2018.
  3. Winners will be announced the RWA18 National Conference, on Friday, July 20, 2018 at the Contemporary Romance Writers Stiletto Party.
  4. First place winners will receive an award or plaque and certificate and announcement in RWR. Second and third place winners will receive a certificate and opportunity to take one Contemporary Romance Writers workshop of choice for free.
  5. All finalists will receive free entrance into the 2018 Stiletto Awards Party held at the RWA national conference. There is a fee to attend the pre-awards dinner.

Any questions should be directed to CRWStilettoContest@gmail.com.

 

STILETTO CONTEST CLOSED FOR ENTRIES! Thank you!

Stiletto Contest Published Entry Form (*Published Mid-Length Contemporary category is now full.)

Stiletto Contest Unpublished Entry Form