Let’s Party!

This year will be the second annual Contemporary Romance Writers Stiletto Party! If you’re going to Denver for RWA Nationals, we hope you’ll join CRW at the Stiletto Party! What is the Stiletto Party? The Stiletto Party is a celebration of contemporary romance and our chapter, Contemporary Romance Writers. It’s a chance to meet some of your fellow chapter members in person and get to know the board. For an online chapter like CRW, getting together in real life is always a fun time. The Stiletto Party is also where the winners of the Stiletto Contest will be announced....

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2018 Stiletto Contest Unpublished Finalists!

Please join Contemporary Romance Writers in congratulating the 2018 Stiletto Contest unpublished finalists!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...

NaNoWriMo Word War!

~ By Melanie Greene  Who’s up for a writing challenge?  Those familiar with writing know it can be a solitary occupation, even with the friendship and resources of a great group like Contemporary Romance RWA. Those familiar with NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month — know it can be an overwhelming pursuit to generate 50,000 new words in a one-month period.  Fortunately, the pursuit of those 50,000 words can be made more fun, and less solitary, by engaging in the community of others working towards the same goal. This year, Contemporary Romance RWA is joining in the RWA Word War, an...

Chapter Service Opportunities – A Message From President Casey Clipper

Dear Chapter Members, RWA chapters are the heart and soul of the Romance Writers of America, in my opinion. They’re the backbone of the organization. They’re where authors and writers dig into the trenches of their work. They’re the place where members get to mingle with each other and get that much needed and craved interaction with our tribe. And there are so many chapters to choose from within RWA. Contemporary, suspense, YA, paranormal, erotic, historical, local and national chapters all make up a wide variety for members to join. And with each chapter comes its own set of...

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...

Meet Our New Secretary, Katina Drennan!

A huge congratulations and thanks to our new board! 🙂 Next up in our introductions, we’ve have our new secretary, Katina Drennan. Welcome, Katina! Q. Please tell us a little bit about yourself. What drew you to writing? A. I’ve always loved to read, so writing and language have always come easy to me. My first story idea came full blown after seeing a piece of jewelry in a magazine. At the time I had no idea what was proper or right, I just told the story the best way I knew how. I got a lot of interest...

Meet Our New VP of Communications, Louise Knott Ahern!

A huge congratulations and thanks to our new board! 🙂 Over the next few weeks, we’ll be introducing each new board member. Next up, come meet our new VP of Communications, Louise Knott Ahern (w/a Lyssa Kay Adams)!. Q. Please tell us a little bit about yourself. What drew you to writing? A. I’ve always been a writer. My family tells me I would carry around a notebook and a pencil before I could even read, so I was born with the writing bug. I spent the first 20 years of my professional career as a reporter and editor before finally...

Meet Our New VP of Programs, Melanie Greene!

A huge congratulations and thanks to our new board! 🙂 Over the next few weeks, we’ll be introducing each new board member. Next up, come meet our new VP of Programs, Melanie Greene. Oh, and, guess what? Today is her birthday! Welcome, Melanie! And happy birthday! Q. Please tell us a little bit about yourself. What drew you to writing? A. Because my 5th grade teacher told me I was her only student allowed to start a sentence with ‘because,’ I decided to be a writer when I grew up. Q. Why is contemporary romance important to you? A....

Meet Our President, Casey Clipper!

A huge congratulations and thanks to our new board! 🙂 Over the next few weeks, we’ll be introducing each new board member. First up, come meet our new president, Casey Clipper. Welcome, Casey! Q. Please tell us a little bit about yourself. What drew you to writing? A. I can’t say for sure what drew me to writing. I’ve always been a reader. My mother helped encourage that love for reading and as a teen, even though I came from a family with 4 girls, without much money, my mom would make sure I had a book to read....

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