I was never a contest slut. A contest slut is someone who enters every contest, foolishly hopeful this time one will fall in love with her. No, I was a contest courtesan. That’s someone who enters contests with a cold-eyed practicality and intent to profit.
Since I sold my first novel off a writing contest, it’s probably no wonder I have a soft spot in my hard heart for writing contests.
If you were thinking of becoming a contest courtesan, you might want to check out the 2009 On The Far Side contest. Hosted by the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal special interest chapter of the Romance Writers of America, OTFS carters to the wildest side of romance: Vampires, dragons, shapeshifters, demons (yay!), faeries, witches, aliens… uh, alien vampires… You get the drift.
The contest meets my courtesan criteria, with solid final round judges and good specificity in the categories (special interest chapter contests have the advantage here because you can refine exactly what you’re aiming).
Futuristic: Hard SF/SF/General Futuristic
Time Travel: Time Travel/Steampunk/Historical with Paranormal Elements
Erotic (with FF&P elements)
Romantic Elements (with FF&P elements)
Young Adult (with FF&P elements)
Final round judges:
Erotic: Kelli Kwiatkowski, Ellora’s Cave
Romantic Elements: Lucy Carson, Friedrich Agency
Futuristic: Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency
Paranormal: Leah Hultenschmidt, Dorchester
Time Travel: Colleen Lindsay, Fineprint Literary
Fantasy: Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks
Young Adult: Michelle Grajkowski, 3 Seas Literary
Deadline is August 29. Learn more at http://www.romance-ffp.com/OTFS.cfm And good luck.
While you’re there, check out some of these great FF&P folk. If you write in these genres, I think you’d be happy here among them.
Danica Avet, Unearthly Musings blogger
C.J. Ellisson, marketing expert
Lisa Kessler, Disney expert (you’ll see what I mean)
Liz Pelletier, our web diva
Terry Spear, Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of the Year