2018 Stiletto Contest Unpublished Finalists!

Please join Contemporary Romance Writers in congratulating the 2018 Stiletto Contest unpublished finalists!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Unpublished Entries Needed!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 Enter your unpublished manuscript in the 2018 Stiletto Contest now!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 You, published author, you can enter the unpublished book you’ve been sitting on.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 That doesn’t mean unpublished authors are at a disadvantage.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...

Get Your Stiletto Contest Published Entries in NOW!

~ By Mary E. Thompson The 2018 Stiletto Contest is open and ready for your entry, but don’t wait too long to submit! The most popular categories are filling up, and you’ll be left out. This year there are six categories in the Stiletto Contest. If you’re into contemporary romance, you’ll find your spot here. Short / Novella was expanded this year to include novellas that are only 25,000 words. If your bread and butter is short, this is the category for you. Enter if you have a novel that is set from 1950 to the present that focuses primarily...

Do you have a winning book? Win Day did!

~ Interview By Mary E. Thompson Contemporary Romance Writers brought the Stiletto Contest back in 2017! We had a great response and fabulous authors who entered to help make the Stiletto one of the most sought-after contests again. Today, we’re talking to Win Day, author of On A Whim, the 2017 Stiletto winner for Best First Book and Contemporary Romance – Short. Are you going to follow in her shoes this year? What drove you to enter the Stiletto Contest in 2017? On a Whim was my first published novel, although not my first completed manuscript. I wrote it as...

Top Five Reasons You Should Enter the Stiletto Contest

~ By Mary E. Thompson The 2018 Stiletto Contest is open now! If you’ve been on the fence about entering, we have a few suggestions for you to push you over the edge! 5. You’re looking for an agent or editor. We have some great agents and editors for the final round of judging for the unpublished category. Getting your name in front of them and showing them what you can do is the first step toward a contract! (Obviously, no contracts are guaranteed by the Stiletto Contest or CRW.) New this year, any published author can enter the unpublished...

The Stiletto Contest is coming! Want to be a judge?

~ By Liza Keogh The Contemporary Romance Writers chapter’s annual contest, The Stiletto, opens for entries on March 9 and this year, we’ve expanded the ‘unpublished’ category! Authors may now submit unpublished works under the following guidelines: the work is a standalone or, if the work is part of a series, it must be the first book in the series; the work must not be available on sites such as Wattpad; the work must not be under contract. Re-issued work is ineligible. Any work available for purchase online or in print at any time is considered published and is ineligible,...

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...

Why We Should Enter Writing Contests

~ By Liza Keogh So, you’re thinking about entering a contest sponsored by RWA, or one of RWA’s local or online chapters? Good! I have some thoughts to nudge you along. Some of us are plotters, some are pantsers, and some of us have created a hybrid of the two that works. Some of us are traditionally published, some of us are self-published, and some of us are hybrid. What’s important is we all started somewhere, and if we’re even contemplating entering a writing contest, it means we also finished something we started. Woot! When you’re new to writing, a contest provides a...