To get published, some writers decide to go the contest route. They enter good contests that provide valuable feedback and, if their work advances, agents and editors see their stuff. This route helped my critique partner, Judy Duarte, get her fine books published, and it's a very valid avenue.
If you want to give it a try, I'll recommend a great contest for you--Spring Into Romance. Here are some details:
~Permission to forward granted~
RWA San Diego chapter is proud to announce our Spring Into Romance Contest
Open to any writer, unpublished in book-length fiction within the last three
years of deadline and uncontracted in book-length fiction at the time of
submission. You must retain all rights to the entry and not have granted any
of them to a publisher or any other party prior to the contest deadline.
Submit the first 25 pages of your manuscript (see
for full submission
requirements and rules).
No synopsis required!
Fee: $25; ($20 for RWASD members; $35 for foreign entries)
Eligibility: Not published in book-length fiction within three years
Specialized score sheet sections for each category.
First Round Judges: Trained or published. Every attempt will be made
to assign each entry a published judge.
Final Judges include:
Contemporary Single Title Romance: Leis Pederson (Berkley Publishing Group),
Novel w/Romantic Elements :Adam Wilson (MiRA Books),
Paranormal Romance: Megan Records (Kensington) and more to be announced
Send your entries to the proper category coordinators listed on website in
the entry materials.
We'll email you when your entry arrives. If you'd prefer to receive a
postcard, just enclose an SAS postcard with your packet.
Still have questions? Feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
Entries must be postmarked by March 19, 2010
(Local entries can be hand delivered at the March RWASD meeting on March 20,
Go to www.rwasd.com http://www.rwasd.com/contest/index.html for complete