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Unpublished Beacon Contest

The Beacon Contest is CLOSED.

Check back in October for the list of finalists!

Category Length Romance Agent: Laurie McLean–Foreward Literary Agency Editor: Allison Lyons–Harlequin

Contemporary  Romance Agent:   Rebecca Strauss–De Fiore & Co. Literary Agency Editor:  Elizabeth Poteet–St. Martin’s Press

Erotic Romance Agent:  Courtney Miller-Callihan–Sandford J. Greenburger & Associates Editor:  Leis Pederson–Penguin Random House

Historical Romance Agent: Beth Miller–Writers House Literary Agency Editor: Madeleine Colavita–Grand Central Publishing

Inspirational Romance Agent: Melissa Jeglinski–The Knight Agency Editor: Shana Asaro–Harlequin Love Inspired

Paranormal/Fantasy/Futuristic Romance Agent: Marisa Corsiviero–Cosiverio LIterary Agency Editor: Candace Havens–Entangled Publishing

Romantic Elements Agent: Nalini Akolekar–Spencerhill Associates Editor: Char Chaffin–Soulmate Publishing

Romantic Suspense Agent: Andrea Somberg–Harvey Klinger Agency Editor: Chesley Emmelhainz–Harper Collins

Young Adult Romance Agent: Michelle Grajkowski–3Seas Literary Agency Editor: Rebecca Kilman–Razorbill/Penguin Group

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Contest runs August 1-31, 2014 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: Laurie McLean–Foreward Literary Agency Editor: Allison Lyons–Harlequin Contemporary  Romance Agent:   Rebecca Strauss–De Fiore & Co. Literary Agency Editor:  Elizabeth Poteet–St. Martin’s Press Erotic Romance Agent:  Courtney Miller-Callihan–Sandford J. Greenburger & Associates Editor:  Leis Pederson–Penguin Random House Historical Romance Agent: Beth Miller–Writers House Literary Agency Editor: Madeleine Colavita–Grand Central Publishing Inspirational Romance Agent: Melissa Jeglinski–The Knight Agency Editor: Shana Asaro–Harlequin Love Inspired Paranormal/Fantasy/Futuristic Romance Agent: Marisa Corsiviero–Cosiverio LIterary Agency Editor: Candace Havens–Entangled Publishing Romantic Elements Agent: Nalini Akolekar–Spencerhill Associates Editor: Char Chaffin–Soulmate Publishing Romantic Suspense Agent: Andrea Somberg–Harvey Klinger Agency Editor: Chesley Emmelhainz–Harper Collins Young Adult Romance Agent: Michelle Grajkowski–3Seas Literary Agency Editor: Rebecca Kilman–Razorbill/Penguin Group

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First Coast Romance Writers 2014 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 2014_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.


REGISTRATION: STEPS:

  1. Download and complete Entry_Form_2014 .
  2. Use Paypal or mail check (with Entry_Form_2014)
  3. Email registration form and entry pages as RTF documents to fcrwbeacon@ymail.com

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, 2014. 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 fcrwbeacon@ymail.com

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PREVIOUS BEACON WINNERS

  Category Length Series (All except Suspense and Adventure)

2013   The Ren by Sarah Bailey
2012   Sex and Insensibility by Maggie Preston
2011    The Script, Cherie Marks 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

2013   Why Can’t This Be Love? by Lee Kilraine
2012   Going All the Way by Heidi Ulrich w/a Megan Ryder
2011    Saving Captain Marsh, by Caro Carson 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

Erotic Romance

2013   His Law To Obey by Reagan Phillips
2012   n/a (not enough entries)
2011    Legally Mastered, by Sarah Castille 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

2013   Deal With The Devil by Cindy St. James
2012   Wicked Things by Leah Cavendish
2011    Sense and Seduction, by Thomasine Rappold 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

Inspirational

2013   n/a (not enough entries)
2012   In the Light of Day by Kristy Cambron
2011    Madeline’s Protector, by Gayle Vanessa Link 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

Paranormal Romance

2013   A Rip In Time by Helen Pilz
2012    Howlin’ Hearts by Kristal Hollis*
2011    Mated by Magick, by Kat Bastion 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

2013   Worth Running For by Kairee Taylor
2012   Double Trick by Ava Milone*
2011    Small Town Storm, by Elise K. Ackers 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

Romantic Elements

2013   One More Breath by Pamela Kopfler
2012   The Day The Merry-Go-Round Stopped by Orly Konig-Lopez
2011    Damn Enchanted Evening, by E.J. Russell 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

2013   Macha And The River Blue by Barbara Gerry
2012   Whose Truth by E. Lane
2011    Forget Tomorrow, by Pintip Dunn 2010    Running Lean, by Diana Sharples 2009    Venetian Blind, by Natalie Dias Lorenzi