THE 2013 UNPUBLISHED BEACON OPENS AUGUST 1st!
Contest runs August 1-31, 2013 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.
Contest is open to unpublished authors and authors not published in the past three years.
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!
Contemporary Series (except Suspense & Adventure)
Agent: Marisa Corvisiero–Corvisiero Literary Agency
Editor: Christina Brower–NAL/Penguin Group
Agent: Beth Miller–Writers House, LLC
Editor: Linda Ingmanson–Samhain Publishing
Agent: Laura Bradford–Bradford Literary Agency
Editor: Elizabeth Poteet–St. Martin’s Press
Agent: Mary Sue Seymour–The Seymour Agency
Editor: Shana Smith–Harlequin Love Inspired
Editor: Andrea Somberg–Harvey Klinger Inc.
Editor: Kerri-Leigh Grady–Entangled Publishing
Agent: Courtney Miller-Callihan–Sanford J. Greenburger
Editor: Allison Lyons–Harlequin Intrigue
Single Title Romance
Agent: Rebecca Strauss–DeFiore & Co
Editor: Kate Dresser–Harlequin Single Title
Women’s Fiction/Chick Lit/Mainstream Romance
Agent: Michelle Grajkowski–3Seas Literary Agency
Editor: Leis Pederson–Berkley/Penguin Group
Young Adult Romance
Agent: Kevan Lyon–Marsal Lyon Agency
Editor: Aubrey Poole–Sourcebooks
First Coast Romance Writers 2013 Unpublished Beacon contest: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 2013_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, not 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 registration form.
- Use Paypal or mail check (with registration form)
- 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
Registration runs August 1-31, 2013 or until a maximum of 125 entries received.
Entrants may pay by PayPal or check but registration is not complete until payment has been processed.
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, 2013.
Contemporary Series – Focuses primarily on the romantic relationship, released as part of a series, set after 1945
Contemporary 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 Suspense – Suspense, mystery, or thriller elements constitute an integral part of the plot
Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit or Mainstream – Other themes or elements take the plot beyond traditional romance boundaries.
Young Adult Romance – Strong romantic theme geared toward young adult readers
Questions? For more information please contact the Unpublished Beacon Co-Chair at email@example.com
PREVIOUS BEACON WINNERS
Contemporary Series (All except Suspense and Adventure)
2010 n/a (not enough entries)
2009 The Charm Offensive, by Peter Andrews
2008 A Woman of Her Word, by Deborah Macias
2007 Desperate Favors, by Vonnie Kennedy
2006 Nemesis in the Night, by A. J. Stewart
Contemporary Single Title
2010 Beauty and the Ballplayer, by Arlene Hittle
2009 How to Marry a Kajillionaire, by Jenny Bernard
2008 Extreme Love, Jennifer Mackin
2007 Public Relations, by Amy Atwell
2006 Tough Love, by Christie Craig
2010 The Barn Dance, by Camryn Rhys
2009 Vampire Vacation, by C.J. Ellisson
2008 The Surrender of Lacy Morgan, by Suzanne Welsh
2007 The Love Genie, by Judi Phillips
2006 Love Heals All, by Carolyn Ellis
Historical / Regency
2010 Deception of a Highlander, by Madeline Martin
2009 Never Too Late, by Karen Dobbins
2008 A Knight in Her Arms, by Oberon Wonch
2007 The Devil’s Virtue, by Laura Williams
2006 Mesquite Tree, by Kathleen Warner
2010 Hotshots, by Rebecca Lynn
2009 Faith, Family and the Girl Next Door, by Susan Diane Johnson
2008 Love on Assignment, by Cara Slaughter
2007 n/a (not enough entries)
2006 To Win a Gladiator, by Carla Hughes
2010 Chosen, by Denise Swank
2009 Bad Girl, by Cathy Pegau
2008 A Sweet but Deadly Desire, by Laurie Thompson
2007 Shadow Horse, by Mary Rhyan
2006 Shrouded in Mystery, by Carol Webb
Romantic Suspense / Contemporary Series: Suspense and Adventure
2010 Bad Vibes, by June Faver
2009 Blowdown, by Jeanan Glazier Davis
2008 A Killer Match, by Linda Heller
2007 Jayhawk Down, by Sharon Calvin
2006 Secret Stranger, by Kathleen Mix
Women’s Fiction /Chick Lit/ Mainstream
2010 Twenty-Eight and a half Wishes, by Denise Swank
2009 The Lake Effect, by Gabrielle Luthy
2008 All for One: When the Bough Breaks, by Chris Keniston
2007 Flaherty’s Crossing, by Kristina McMorris & Linda Yoshida
2006 Mermansk, by Alan Chaput
Young Adult Romance
2010 Running Lean, by Diana Sharples
2009 Venetian Blind, by Natalie Dias Lorenzi