Thursday, January 20, 2011

Historical Romance Contest

*permission to forward gratefully given and actively encouraged*

The love of story runs deep in the soul of our species. We long for
narrative that makes us laugh and cry, that makes us believe and hope,
that makes us eager for the resolution and yet dread the end. Whether we
listen around a campfire or curl up with our Kindle, a great story makes
us forget the world around us.

A story is greater than the sum of its parts. It's what editors and agents
look for; it's what readers want.

Because story is what sells, Hearts through History, a Special Interest
Chapter of Romance Writers of America (RWA) is focusing its 2011 Romance
Through The Ages (RTTA) contest on story.

The contest is open to both published and unpublished writers. Entries
must be original works of Historical Romance or Romantic Historical
Fiction not contracted for publication by the contest deadline of Feb. 1,
2011. Entrants do not need to be members of Hearts Through History or RWA.
Check guidelines on the website or full entry criteria. Entry categories:

- Ancient/Medieval/ Renaissance
- Georgian/Regency/ Victorian
- Colonial/Western/ Civil War
- Post-Victorian/ World War 2
- Time Travel/Historical Paranormal
- Historical Erotic

Final-round judges are: Kevan Lyon, Marshal Lyon Literary Agency;
Emmanuelle Morgan, Judith Ehrlich Agency; Rhonda Stapleton, Carina Press;
Rebecca Strauss, MacIntosh and Otis Literary Agency; Deb Werksman,
Sourcebooks Inc.; Alicia Condon, Kensington Books; and Kelly Schaub, The
Wild Rose Press.

All entries must be submitted electronically and cannot exceed 30 pages.
Entries must include a one- or two-page synopsis, which will not be
judged. Entry fee is $20 for HHRW chapter members and $25 for all others.

Deadline is Feb. 1, 2011. Final round will be judged by acquiring editors
and agents. Winners will be announced during RWA's annual conference
between June 28 and July 1 in New York City at Hearts Through History's
Annual General Meeting.

For more information or to enter, go to:

Monday, January 03, 2011

New Publisher is seeking submissions

Seeking Submissions
Astraea Press is currently seeking manuscripts between 15,000 and 100,000 words. What we are looking for:
·        Any genre of romance or sub-genre of romance
·        Young Adult
·        Fiction of all shapes and sizes
·        Clean manuscripts with no language and no graphic sex
Astraea was formed in 2010 when two friends saw the need for a non-erotic e-publisher that offers wholesome reads but still maintains the quality of mainstream romance. The first titles for Astraea will be launched in February 2011.

With over six years experience in the publishing industry and avid readers, owners Stephanie Taylor  and Jane Paxson look forward to working with their authors, having fun, and bringing you the best books available.
Astraea is a royalty paying publisher, NOT a vanity press!
What we offer:
  • Working one on one with our cover artist to develop a cover you can be proud to display
  • 50% royalties on site sales
  • Individual, customized marketing plan for each author to help your sales that combine with our own marketing efforts for your book
  • Direct communication lines between owner, editors, cover artist, and authors. No middle man here!
Check out our website,, for more details!