The 2014 Stiletto Contest for Unpublished Contemporary Fiction is OPEN!

The 2014 Stiletto Contest for Unpublished Contemporary Fiction is OPEN!  CLICK HERE for full details and to enter! Entries Due by September 5, 2014 Questions? Please contact our Contest Coordinator, Lisa Siefert at lisalisalisalisalisa (at) gmail (dot) com. ***JUDGES NEEDED: PLEASE CONTACT LISA SIEFERT AT THE ABOVE EMAIL!*** CATEGORIES AND FINAL JUDGES: Single Title Contemporary Romance (70,000 words and up) A love story set in the contemporary/modern world in which the romance is the main focus of the novel and it has an optimistic or happy ending. Final Judge: Amanda Bergeron, Editor, Avon Romance Single Title Contemporary Erotic Romance...

To Contest or Not to Contest, That Was the Question

~ By Emelle Gamble I used to believe that contests would not help a writer’s career. I told fellow writer’s when the topic came up that I just didn’t think they were useful . Why put yourself through it, I asked?  Doesn’t it hurt you more if you lose one, or get stressful or inane remarks, than if you were to win one? I thought that for many years, back in the 1990s, when I was contracted with Harlequin Intrigue. I believed that the path to publishing was pretty straight…it went from idea to query to acceptance to contract. This...

The Stiletto Opened a Door

~ By Kim Sanders I love to read romance. So when my husband took a new job in another state a couple of years ago, I suddenly found myself with the time to pursue the career I’d always wanted—writing Chick Lit. I’d been working on a novel for a while so I pulled it out and began a total rewrite. When I finished, I didn’t know what to do next. I began searching the web and found the Get Your Stiletto in the Door Contest. Who could resist? I entered two manuscripts in the 7th Annual Stiletto Contest, seeking...

Ready. Set. Stiletto!

Hello All! Can you believe it? The Get Your Stiletto in the Door Contest is almost upon us. Stay tuned for posts and interviews that highlight personal experiences with the contest, and general contest information. In the meantime, click here for past Stiletto related posts, and here for more details. And no, you don’t have to be a member to enter. “Doors” open April 1st, so start polishing those stilettos. 🙂

Get Your Stiletto in the Door: Chapter President Alana Albertson’s Experience

Alana Albertson, Chick Lit chapter president, first became involved with the special interest chapter through the Stiletto contest. A finalist in 2008, she’s an advocate for the chapter and the contest.  “The Stiletto contest was an amazing experience. We train our judges and take great care to ensure that it is a fair contest. This year we have some amazing agents and editors and for the first time, all final entries will be read by an epublisher.” Q. As a contest finalist, what advice would you offer those of us who would like to be in your shoes? A....

Get Your Stiletto in the Door: Mina Khan’s Experience

Today the Chick Lit Writers blog welcomes former Stiletto finalist Mina Khan. She’s graciously given us an update on her writing career, as well as answering questions about her Stiletto experience. Her first book, The Djinn’s Dilemma, will be published this November by Harlequin Nocturne. Q. Mina Khan? Or Rashda Khan? A. On writing loops and other places, I’m known as Rashda Khan, but I’m making my debut with the pen name Mina Khan. My plans for getting published as a novelist took longer than I expected and I landed myself a gig as the food columnist for our...

Get Your Stiletto in the Door: Deborah Blake’s Experience

The Journey of a Contest Winner: Triple Stiletto finalist Deborah Blake The author of five non-fiction books and multiple articles, Deborah Blake visits the Chick Lit blog today with wise and realistic advice about writing contests and her road to publication. Q. In 2009, you earned two Stiletto finals: WITCH EVER WAY YOU CAN in the Thrill category, and KING ME in the paranormal category. WITCH EVER WAY YOU CAN also finaled in 2008. What’s the current status of both manuscripts? A. For the moment, at least, they are both “under the bed.” I learned a lot from them...

Get Your Stiletto in the Door: Suzanne Lazear’s Experience

Please welcome Suzanne Lazear to the Chick Lit blog today. Suzanne is a former Stiletto finalist and soon-to-be-published author of Innocent Darkness, first in a young adult steampunk series called The Aether Chronicles. Hope you enjoy Suzanne’s story about her publication journey. In 2009, your manuscript INTERFLUIT earned a full request from Agent Tamar Rydzinski of Laura Dail Literary Agency. On your website, I learned that your debut novel, INNOCENT DARKNESS will be released by Flux in August, 2012, and that your agent is Laura Bradford of the Bradford Literary Agency. How did you get from Point A to...

This Week in Chick Lit: Stiletto Edition

Hi Everyone! The biggest news in chick lit this week is our chapter’s much anticipated Get Your Stiletto in the Door Contest! As you may have noticed, our recent posts have all been encouraging personal stories about the contest. We’ll continue to post these pieces through next week and possibly longer. If you have any questions or comments about the contest, this is the place to ask! Just leave a comment on this post and we’ll help you find your answer. The deadline is September 6th, 2011. Good luck to all those entering! 🙂

Get Your Stiletto in the Door: Wendy Toliver’s Experience

From Flip Flops to Stilettos and Beyond Wendy Toliver, author of YA novels Lifted, Miss Match, and The Secret Life of a Teenage Siren, visits the Chick Lit blog today to reveal the role the Get Your Stiletto in the Door contest played in her road-to-publication success story. When I first joined RWA and wrote my first manuscript, Strappy Sandals, I honestly had no idea what I was doing. Sure, I’ve always been a decent writer and yes, I could be funny. But I had a lot to learn before I could produce a publishable book. That said, it...

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