Contest runs August 1-31 and is limited to the first 125 entries received. The deadline will NOT be extended unless in a case of man-made or natural disasters. Open to all authors of romantic fiction. Published authors are eligible to enter any category in which they have not been contracted and/or published in book length fiction (40,000 words and over) in the last 3 years. (Self-published authors are considered published.) Finalists announced by October 15th. (All finalists will have an opportunity revise their entries before the final round.) Winners announced by December 15th. First place in each category receives a Beacon Lapel Pin. All finalists and winners receive a certificate, and of course – BRAGGING RIGHTS!
Category Length Romance Agent: TBA Editor: TBA
Contemporary Romance Agent: Rebecca Strauss–De Fiore & Co. Literary Agency Editor: Elizabeth Poteet–St. Martin’s Press
Erotic Romance Agent: Sara Megibow-KT Literary Editor: Kristine Swartz-Berkley
Historical Romance Agent: Courtney Miller-Callihan-Sanford J. Greenburger Editor: Madeline Colevita-Grand Central Publishing
Inspirational Romance Agent: Melissa Jeglinski–The Knight Agency Editor: Shana Asaro–Harlequin Love Inspired
Paranormal/Fantasy/Futuristic Romance Agent: Nalini Akolekar- Spencerhiill Associates Editor: Candace Havens–Entangled Publishing
Romantic Elements Agent: Nalini Akolekar–Spencerhill Associates Editor: TBA
Romantic Suspense Agent: Beth Miller-Writers House Literary Agency Editor: Rebecca Lucash–Harper Collins
Young Adult Romance Agent: Laura Bradford-The Bradford Agency Agency Editor: TBA
First Coast Romance Writers Unpublished Beacon contest:
- All entries will be judged by two trained judges. At least one of them will be a published author.
- Each finalist will be judged by some of the top editors and agents in the romance industry.
- Finalists will have an opportunity to revise the contest entry based on judges’ comments before the final round.
- Each entrant will receive their overall ranking compared to other entrants in their category.
- Our 2015_Beacon_Unpublished_Scoresheet is designed to provide detailed critique and feedback
Judges: First round will be judged by at least one published author and one trained judge. In the case of a discrepancy that is 20 points or great, a third judge will be brought and the lowest score will be dropped. The final round will be judged by at least one acquiring editor and agent in each category except for Erotic Romance. Erotic Romance final round entries will be judged by two acquiring editors. Final round judges are subject to change when unavoidable. Eligibility: Open to all authors of romantic fiction. Published authors are eligible to enter any category in which they have not been contracted and/or published in book length fiction (40,000 words and over) in the last 3 years. (Self-published authors are considered published.) RWA membership is not required for entry. Contest is limited to the first 125 entries.
- Download and complete Entry_Form_2015 .
- Use Paypal (with Entry_Form_2015)
- Email registration form and entry pages as RTF documents to firstname.lastname@example.org
Fee: $25 FCRW members, $30 RWA member (not FCRW), $35 non-RWA member
RULES & DEFINITIONS Entry: First 25 pages of the manuscript. The entrant may also include an optional 5 page synopsis for a maximum of 30 pages. (Synopsis will not be judged.) The Unpublished Beacon accepts electronic entries only. FCRW recognizes an author as being published the same way as RWA National does. Unpublished writers are those“… who have not accepted a publishing offer for a work of original fictional narrative prose of 40,000 words or more…” by August 31, 2015. CATEGORIES: Contemporary Length Series – Focuses primarily on the romantic relationship, released as part of a series, set after 1945 Contemporary Romance–Single Title (over 70k words) – Focuses primarily on the romantic relationship, released as a single title, set after 1945 Erotic Romance – The sexual relationship is an integral part of the plot, but may also contain elements of other subgenres Historical/Regency – Focuses primarily on the romantic relationship, set in any time period prior to 1945 Inspirational – Spiritual beliefs (in context of any belief system) are a major part of the romantic relationship Paranormal Romance – Future, fantasy world, or paranormal happenings are an integral part of the plot Romantic Elements–Contains a strong romantic element, such that one or more romances contained in the story form an integral part of the story’s structure, but in which other themes or stories may also be significantly developed. Romantic Suspense – Suspense, mystery, or thriller elements constitute an integral part of the plot Young Adult Romance – Strong romantic theme geared toward young adult readers Questions? For more information please contact the Unpublished Beacon Chair at email@example.com
PREVIOUS BEACON WINNERS
Category Length Series (All except Suspense and Adventure)
Contemporary Romance (Single Title)
Historical / Regency
Romantic Suspense / Contemporary Series: Suspense and Adventure
Young Adult Romance