Get Your Manuscript Ready for the Stiletto Contest

~ By Mary E. Thompson The Stiletto Contest opens March 8! That’s in only three weeks. Is your manuscript ready? If you’re entering a published manuscript, well, you’re in luck. It’s already out there, so you don’t have much to do. Double check your files, read through all the rules, and mark your calendar to enter the contest by April 12. That’s not too bad. But if you’re unpublished, you might have some work to do. Keep Writing Unpublished entries are limited to the first 7000 words of your manuscript, plus a 500 word synopsis, but that doesn’t mean that’s...

The Stiletto Contest: One Month to Go!

One month from today, on Friday, March 8, our chapter’s annual writing contest opens for entries and your Co-Chairs are working hard behind the scenes to get everything ready! This year sees a few changes to the Stiletto Contest, ones we’re proud to put into effect.  Judges will receive more training and support.  Category Coordinators will have access to each other and the Co-Chairs via a groups.io discussion area.  The group will be moderated by the Co-Chairs and there will be zero tolerance for unkind or incendiary comments. We are here to support our writers and our chapter. Published...

The Stiletto Awards Party, RWA 2018 in Denver

~ By Liza Keogh The best thing about holding an awards ceremony? Finally seeing many of the faces behind the email addresses and meeting the writers behind the submissions! The 2018 Stiletto Awards Ceremony started with Casey Clipper handing out the Chapter Service Awards. The three members in attendance—Stephanie Haefner, Mary Flournoy, and Teri Anne Stanley—are pictured here. The other members who received the award are Kimberley Ash, Laura Ashwood, and Jessie Scott. You will probably notice all of them were fearless, intrepid, and hard-working Category Coordinators for the 2018 contest. #TeamStiletto! There were eight awards given out, and...

CRWA Taking Over Nationals! A Photo Retrospective.

With the chapter retreat, the Stiletto Party, and everything in between, the Contemporary Romance Chapter of RWA was a huge presence at #RWA2018. Here are some highlights, sent in by chapter members just for you. Enjoy! First up, here’s Ginny Baird, one of our newest members, hanging out with fellow CRWA member Teri Wilson before a communal writing sprint. The world on the street is that the event was fabulous and they got a lot of writing done. Way to go! Speaking of Teri Wilson, look who the CRW Stiletto Award for Mid-Length Contemporary Romance! Another new member, Erin Kruger,...

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...

Do you dream of getting a request from both an agent and an editor?

That’s exactly what Leanne got! Hi! My name is Leanne Farella. I’ve been seriously writing for ten years. The reason I started? I’m a reader and when reading it never ceases to amaze me when an author writes a story I can’t put down. I think the proper word for it is “Reader Addiction.” I love it. And ten years ago I decided that’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to write a book that someone would stay up all night to finish. Nothing is as easy as you think it will be! I have 2 busy kids...

Unpublished Entries Needed!

~ By Mary E. Thompson You’ve been working hard. Now it’s time to get rewarded. Enter your unpublished manuscript in the 2018 Stiletto Contest now! I know, I know, it’s another contest. What’s the big deal? Well, first of all, any author can enter. Yes, that’s right. You, published author, you can enter the unpublished book you’ve been sitting on. The first book in that series you’re debating on publishing but can’t decide. Yep, submit it. That doesn’t mean unpublished authors are at a disadvantage. Nope. You’ve been working on your book for a long time. You’ve taken the same...

How To Be a Good Judge

~ By Mary E. Thompson The 2018 Stiletto Contest is winding down, but we need your help now more than ever! We have a huge task of assigning all the entries to judges for the contest. With five judges per entry, we need lots and lots of judges. Will you help us? Be Honest It’s not easy to tell someone you don’t like their work. As an author yourself, you pour yourself into every word that goes on the page. It’s hard to look at someone else’s work and say it’s just not good enough. But if you sugar coat...

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