Congratulations Unpublished Finalists!

Contemporary Romance Writers is pleased to announce the unpublished finalists for the 2019 Stiletto Contest. Thank you to all who entered. Good luck to our unpublished finalists! Short Contemporary Final Round Judges: Meghan Farrell (editor – Tule Publishing) and Veronica Park (agent – Fuse Literary) Fit For Love by Karina Coldrick Bidding On Her Ex by Betsy Gray Grind by Melanie Greene A Saucy Mix by Brenda Lowder Wounded Martyr by Courtney Maguire Mid Contemporary Final Round Judges: Sarah Blumenstock (editor – Penguin Random House) and Jessica Errera (agent – Jane Rotrosen Agency) Georgia by Jessie Harper Nobody Else But You by Claire Marti Bastard by...

Write like a Marketer: How to Build your Writing Brand through Blogs

~ By Sofia Sawyer I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, first starting with some pretty basic poems when I was in grammar school all the way to full-length manuscripts by my early twenties. I was creative, always looking for ways to tell a story. It wasn’t until my mid-twenties when I hit a roadblock in my career that made me look at writing a little differently. It was no longer about being an artist, but about putting myself out there as a subject matter expert. Through that, I quickly learned how writing can position you...

Writing Fresh and Cliché Busting

~ By Rita Henuber This post originally appeared here. Ever been dinged in a contest or in a critique for using a cliché? I sure have. What is a cliché?  Here are a few general definitions I found. A cliché is an analogy characterized by its overuse. It may be true (‘Fat as a pig’), no longer true (‘work like a dog’) or inscrutable (‘right as rain’), but it has been overused to the point that its sole function is to mark its user as a lazy thinker. Being predictable and unimaginative; falling into a groove of human boredom; an...

Know ‘Em, Break ‘Em

~ By Brighton Walsh I think I’ll start this post off with a bang while quoting Nora Roberts from a past RWA conference: “If anyone tells you there is a ‘right’ way to write they are a lying bitch.” Yes, yes I do believe you are correct, Nora. One of the things I love most about writing is the absolute freedom of it. If I get an idea to write about a scuba diver who finds a treasure at the bottom of the ocean, loses his oxygen, and has to get rescued by a mermaid…all told from the perspective of...

The Garden Tea – A Friday Writing Prompt

Happy Friday! And happy spring! 🌻 We figured this would be the perfect time for a writing prompt. Ready? Your protagonist, in addition to being busy with a fulfilling yet exhausting career, really loves to cook and bake. She has a new apartment that she really loves, and she’s especially proud of the private patio which she has filled with flowers in beautiful pots. To celebrate being all set up in her new place, and to celebrate the beginning of spring and end of a long winter, she decides to host a Sunday lunch at her antique picnic table....

Writing & Chronic Illness

~ By Mariah Ankenman Like most writers, I wish my days were filled with endless amounts of time sitting in front of a roaring fire in a secluded cabin nestled in the woods. Endless time full of inspiration and far from distractions and responsibilities, but that’s not reality. I’m usually up before the crack of dawn to start a day filled with a million tasks and not enough time to complete them. I need a coffee IV just to get by. I also have two grade school children and live with chronic illness. Both of which take me away...

Planning saves me. Can it save you?

~ By Ainsley St Claire I know I’m not the only one when I say my life is beyond crazy. I’m a small consulting business owner with nine employees. I’m a mother of two boys, ages seven and ten, who have multiple activities and sports. I’m a wife to a kind, supportive, and generous husband who has a job that on a good week keeps him busy sixty-plus-hours. But I’m also a writer. I write steamy romantic suspense. I’ll admit I haven’t cracked the marketing to get the word out about my books, but those who do find me enjoy...

Don’t Wait Another Minute! The Stiletto Contest is Closing.

~ By Mary E. Thompson Don’t Wait Another Minute! The 2019 Stiletto Contest closes in just two days! What are you waiting for? Have you seen the categories? There are eight for you to pick from, whether you are an as-yet unpublished writer, a published author, or an author with an unpublished manuscript! Our category selection means there’s a really good chance your manuscript or novel will fit in somewhere. Did you know…? In the 2018 Stiletto Contest, almost 40% of the unpublished entries were submitted the last two days the contest was open! Almost 20% of entries went...

Only One More Week to Enter the Stiletto Contest!

The 2019 Stiletto Contest closes on April 12, 2109! Have you entered yet? There are even more categories to choose from this year, so grab your book or your manuscript, and check out where it fits in our chapter’s annual event. New Categories We have three new categories this year. We added them to expand the reach and include works that are truly representative of contemporary romance. If you thought about entering in the past but didn’t know where your book would fit, maybe there’s a great place for you now! Contemporary Romance Novella is for novellas 15,000-30,000 words long set...

Are you a PRO?

We’ve made a big change to the Stiletto Contest for 2019, and it could mean a big change for you. New this year, all entrants for the Stiletto Contest are required to judge. Most contests require their entrants to judge, and Contemporary Romance Writers made the change this year. If you’re already PAN, PRO, or a General member, that won’t change things for you. If you’re not, you have an application to fill out! If you’re entering a published entry, you are already PAN or Provisional-PAN, or eligible. If you haven’t applied, you can do so by logging in...

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