The Washington Romance Writers’ Marlene is a must-enter contest for unpublished manuscripts for many writers every year, and one reason for that is the quality of the feedback with which they are provided and exposure to industry professionals.

Enter from November 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.

ENTRY FEES

$35 WRW Member    $40 Non WRW Member

Payments can be sent via PayPal to treasurerwrw@gmail.com

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FINAL ROUND JUDGES

Contemporary Single Title Romance – Ann Leslie Tuttle, Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret

Contemporary Single Title Romance – Emily Sylvan Kim, Prospect Agency

Historical Romance – Erin Molta, Entangled

Novel with Strong Romantic Elements – Rebecca Strauss, DeFiore Literary

Paranormal/Speculative Romance – Tina Moss, City Owl Press

Young Adult – Tara Gelsomino, One Track Literary

Contemporary Short Romance – TBD

Erotic Romance – TBD

Romantic Suspense – TBD

PRIZES

1st Place

Each Category winner receives a contest t-shirt, an entry review by a published WRW author, a digital badge, and will be entered in the “Best of the Best” round for $100 cash prize

2nd and 3rd place

Each category placement receives a certificate and digital badge

 *SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

 ENTRY FORMAT

  • One electronic copy of a synopsis (up to 5 pages) and the beginning of the manuscript not to exceed 35 pages total for synopsis and manuscript pages. Important: Your attachment file must be received as one.doc or .rtf file that should include your manuscript pages first and then your synopsis second.
  • Files must be saved as: storyinitials-Marlene-category.doc or storyinitials-Marlene-category.rft (example: Little Red Ridinghood should be: LRR-Marlene-YA.doc).
  • The categories for purposes of file saving are: YA, RE, Single, Short, Para, Erotic, RS, and Hist.
  • Entries must be presented in proper standard manuscript format: double-spaced on 8 ½” x 11” pages with one-inch margins using a standard 12-pt. font such as Courier, Courier New or Times Roman.
  • The title and category of entry must appear in the top left corner and the page number in the top right corner of every page.
  • The author’s name may not appear anywhere on the manuscript or synopsis.
  • Each entry must also include the following information:
    Entry title
    b. Author’s name
    c. Address
    d. Phone number
    e. Email address
    f. Projected word count
    g. Targeted publisher/line

Entrants who do not comply with the above rules will be contacted and given until the contest deadline to make corrections. Failure to comply by the deadline will disqualify the entrant and the entry fee will be forfeited.

READY TO ENTER?

Email your entry and forward your PayPal receipt to

MarleneContestWRW@gmail.com

CATEGORY DEFINITIONS

Contemporary Short Romance (Short)
Romance novels of 40,000 to 65,000 words that focus primarily on the romantic relationship. The love story is the main focus of the novel, and the end of the book is emotionally satisfying and optimistic.

Contemporary Single Title Romance (Single)
Romance novels of 65,000 words or more which focus primarily on the romantic relationship. The love story is the main focus of the novel, and the end of the book is emotionally satisfying and optimistic.

Erotic Romance (Erotic)
A romance novel where the sexual content is integral to the development of the romantic relationship and may go beyond that of most romance novels including the use of sexually explicit language. The love story is the main focus of the novel and the resolution is emotionally satisfying and optimistic. The novel may be in contemporary, historical or paranormal settings.

Historical Romance (Hist)
Romance novels set in any time period prior to 1945 and taking place in any location. The love story is the main focus of the novel, and the end of the book is emotionally satisfying and optimistic.

Novel with Strong Romantic Elements (RE)
A work of fiction in which a romance plays a significant part in the story, but other themes or elements may be the primary focus of the story. Novels of any tone or style, set in any place or time are eligible for this category. A romance must be an integral part of the plot or subplot, and the resolution of the romance is emotionally satisfying and optimistic.

Paranormal/Speculative Romance (Para)
Romance novels in which the future, a fantasy world, or paranormal happenings are an integral part of the plot. In this category, a futuristic, fantasy, or paranormal element is blended with the love story, which is the main focus of the novel, and the end of the book is emotionally satisfying and optimistic.  (Note: Steampunk, Diesel Punk and other non-magical alternate worlds belong in this category. The determining factor in categorizing a romance as a Paranormal/Speculative, as opposed to a fantasy or science fiction story with romantic elements, is the romance is the main focus of the story.)

Romantic Suspense (RS)
Novels in which suspense, mystery, or thriller elements constitute an integral part of the plot. The romance plays a significant part in the story and the resolution is emotionally satisfying and optimistic.

Young Adult Romance (YA)
Novels with a strong romantic theme geared toward young adult readers. In this category, the love story is an important element of the novel, and the end of the book is emotionally satisfying and optimistic.

Questions? Contact Emily Duvall and Ranell Lewis, contest coordinators at WRWMarleneCoordinator@gmail.com