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The Beacon Contest

CONGRATULATIONS

2014 Beacon Contest WINNERS!

 

Contemporary  Romance

1st Place: The Dream by Jennifer Doyle (Request for full)**

2nd Place: Reclaimed by Jennifer Rodewald

3rd Place: The First Word by Isley Robson

Agent:   Rebecca Strauss–De Fiore & Co. Literary Agency

Editor:  Elizabeth Poteet–St. Martin’s Press

Erotic Romance

1st Place: Getting Evan by Abigail Sharpe* (Request for query)

2nd Place: Alaska Bound by M.A. Dison (Request for full)

3rd Place: Blank Canvas by Adriana Anders (Request for full)

Agent:  Courtney Miller-Callihan–Sandford J. Greenburger & Associates

Senior Editor:  Leis Pederson–Penguin Random House

Historical Romance

1st Place: Lessons in Scandal by Crystal Eliot (Request for full)**

2nd Place: A Knight’s Ransom by Edwina Moore (Request for synopsis)

3rd Place: Love’s Wager by Jeanine Englert (Request for synopsis)

Agent: Beth Miller–Writers House Literary Agency

Editor: Madeleine Colavita–Grand Central Publishing

Paranormal/Fantasy/Futuristic Romance

1st Place: Stalking Horse by Alleyne Dickens (Request for full)**

2nd Place: Onyx by C.T. Green (Request for full)**

3rd Place: Fire Danger by Claire Davon (Request for full)

4th Place: Struck by Eros by Jenn Windrow (Request for synopsis)

Agent: Marisa Corsiviero–Cosiverio LIterary Agency

Editor: Candace Havens–Entangled Publishing

Romantic Elements

1st Place: The Phoenix Syndrome by Claire Gem

2nd Place: The Last Resort by Kerry Ann Morgan (Request for full)

3rd Place: Parisian Escape by Gabriela Lessa

Agent: Nalini Akolekar–Spencerhill Associates

Editor: Char Chaffin–Soulmate Publishing

Romantic Suspense

1st Place: Sins of the Past by Babette de Jongh  (Request for full)

2nd Place: Operation Black Widow by Leslie Lighton (Request for full)

3rd Place: Fatal Dreams by Abbie Roads (Request for full)

Agent: Andrea Somberg–Harvey Klinger Agency

Editor: Chesley Emmelhainz–Harper Collins

Young Adult Romance

1st Place: Silver Sun Amber Moon by S. A. Tudhope (Request for full)**

2nd Place: The Frost King by Elly Takaki

3rd Place: Island Shadows by Lisa Bradley (Request for full)**

Agent: Michelle Grajkowski–3Seas Literary Agency

Editor: Candace Havens–Entangled Teen^

^Editor generously agreed to judge when previous editor became unavailable.

*indicates a member of FCRW

**indicates a request from both the editor and the agent

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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: Candace Havens–Entangled Teen*

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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 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.


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)

2014    n/a (not enough entries)
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 Romance (Single Title)

2014
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

2014
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

2014
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

2014   n/a (not enough entries)
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

2014
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

2014
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

2014
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

2014
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