FCRW proudly sponsors two contests each year.  One is for published romance novels and the other is for unpublished romance manuscripts.


National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award (NERFA) – Published
FCRW’s contest for published romance, the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Awardcelebrates the Romance Novel and is judged by romance readers.



The Beacon – Unpublished
Each Fall FCRW sponsors the Unpublished Beacon contest to provide useful feedback and encouragement to unpublished writers and to recognize outstanding unpublished work. For more information on this contest see the Unpublished Beacon Contest page.

We regret that there will be no Beacon contest in 2017, due to unforeseen circumstances. We hope to bring the contest back in 2018. Our apologies for any inconvenience or disappointment the cancellation may cause. We sincerely appreciate the enthusiastic support of the Beacon over the years and hope that our critiques and feedback have helped many writers on their writing journeys.

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