2018 Stiletto Contest Published Finalists!

The Contemporary Romance Writers chapter of the RWA is pleased to announce and congratulate the finalists in the 2018 Stiletto Contest’s Published categories. Listed in alphabetical order, they are: PUBLISHED SUSPENSE NOVEL Mariah Ankenman, Love on the Forbidden Side Janie Crouch, Survival Instinct Peggy Jaeger, A Shot at Love Jordyn Redwood, Taken Hostage Kathleen Tailer, Quest for Justice PUBLISHED SHORT/NOVELLA Maria K. Alexander, Believe in My Heart Marie Johnston, Unmistaken Identity Claire Marti, Second Chance in Laguna Jennie Marts, Catching the Cowgirl Mellanie Szereto, Egging Her On PUBLISHED MID-LENGTH NOVEL Janie Crouch, Protector’s Instinct Teri Anne Stanley, A Taste...

2018 Stiletto Contest Unpublished Finalists!

Please join Contemporary Romance Writers in congratulating the 2018 Stiletto Contest unpublished finalists! Contemporary – Long Final round judged by: Deb Werksman (Editor – Sourcebooks) and Nicole Payne (Agent – Golden Wheat Literary) Kilby Blades – Crocodile Tears Alyssa Henderson – Scottish Embrace Ellie Malouff – Be What Love Is Katherine Olson – North Star Lisa Wells – CEO For Hire Contemporary – Mid Final round judged by: Stephanie Doig (Editor – Carina Press) and Sara Megibow (Agent – KT Literary) Tanya Agler – Stealing Her Heart Kilby Blades – The Secret Ingredient Makenna Lee – Focused on a...

Bringing Back The Stiletto Contest

Dear Chapter Members, One of the major items that had been discussed last year, when the board was getting ready to transition into the 2017 year, was bringing back the Stiletto Contest. A contest that had been well known among RWA members as one of the best among RWA chapters to enter. But how did we, as a new board, bring back a contest that had essentially been abandoned and make it great and a sought after A contest that had been well known among RWA members as one of the best among RWA chapters to enter. But how...

Blog for Us!

Interested in contributing a guest post for the Contemporary Romance Writer’s Blog? We’d love to have you! All chapter members, published and not yet published, are welcome to contribute. Guidelines Word Count: Posts should be between 500 -750 words, but exceptions can be made. Author Bio: Please include a headshot and bio of 50 -100 words. You may include a link to your website homepage or blog and mention books you’ve published. Any links to Amazon or other places to buy your books will be removed. We are unable to post book covers. (Please note: Our most successful posts, meaning the...

Blog for Us! And Spread the Word!

Hello CRWA Members, Don’t be shy. Blog for us! When I look through old posts, I’m always amazed by the collective wealth of knowledge of our chapter members. Seriously – we could take our posts and turn them into a book on writing contemporary romance. But that’s an idea for another day. Meanwhile, let’s keep adding to our collection of writing advice and inspiration. Below is a list of suggested topics by month, but if you’ve got your own idea, that’s great too. You can find more information here. PANorama posts will appear on the last Sunday of each...

Harlequin Presents Pitch Contest Results!

Many thanks to everyone who participated in the pitch contest with Harlequin Presents editors Pippa Roscoe & Carly Byrne! And a huge thanks to both Pippa and Carly, as well as Caroline, for visiting us and offering such a great opportunity! From Pippa & Carly: We were so excited to receive such an incredible amount of entries to this pitch competition. 77 submissions in two days is incredible and every single one should be proud of their fabulous work creating exciting, action packed and emotional openings. Safe to say you certainly didn’t make choosing the top five easy on us! The...

Order Your CRW Chapter Pin!

The Contemporary Romance Chapter has beautiful pins available for members to purchase! Show off your chapter and genre pride at your next conference or event! Just complete the below form and the $5/pin PayPal payment. Pins will be shipped once per month, so once you complete the below, please rest assured that we have received your order and will ship your pin within a few weeks. (click to enlarge) Order Form: $5 PayPal Payment:   Thank you for ordering a chapter pin and supporting the Contemporary Romance Chapter!

Call for Workshop Proposals

The Contemporary Romance Chapter of the Romance Writers of America is accepting proposals for workshops for any time during the 2015 or early 2016 membership years. We are interested in workshops in ALL possible topics that fall under the following broad categories: Genre – all types of contemporary romantic fiction Craft Plotting Character development Writing Romance GMC Story structure Planning/writing sequels/series Category Romance Deep POV Marketing/Social Media/branding Queries/Synopses/Pitching The Business Side of Writing Blogging Self-publishing All our classes occur on-line, via a private Yahoo loop or website forum. Classes can range in length from 1 day, 1 week, 2...

A Message From Our Chapter President

Welcome to the RWA-Contemporary Romance Chapter! I’m thrilled to welcome you to the RWA-Contemporary Romance Chapter! We are a lively, prolific, and diverse group of writers interested in all aspects of romantic contemporary fiction. If you’re looking for writing support and advice, educational and networking opportunities, or industry information related to contemporary romance, you’ve come to the right place! The RWA-CR chapter is an online chapter, which means you can join us and participate in our events no matter where you live.   Our Mission: To educate Contemporary Romance writers at all stages of their careers–offering valuable resources, craft...

Meet Your 2014 Chapter Board Members!

A new year means a new chapter board, and we’re very pleased to introduce you to the 2014 RWA-Contemporary Romance Board. Please do not hesitate to contact us via the website contact form or the chapter Yahoo loop if you need us for anything! President – Laura Kaye Vice-President – VaNessa Duplessie Treasurer – Celia Lucente Secretary – Debra Sennefelder PAN Liaison – Robin Covington PRO Liaison – Melanie Cremins Membership Liaison – Becky Lower Past President – Kimberly Farris We’re looking forward to serving you!

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