Entry Period: August 1 - September 10 (Midnight EDT)
Only Two Categories, Discount on a Second Entry
Two romance categories:
Previously Published Author
A submission entry cannot be contracted, previously published, printed or posted. A "previously published author" is considered previously published, but the work submitted is new.
Finalists will have their work read and judged by a top industry agent and/or editor.
Finalists will receive a "Finalist" badge to display on their websites and social media pages.
Winners will receive a "Winner" badge to display on their websites and social media pages.
Winners will receive publicity on our social media accounts and RWA forums.
What Is Banter?
the playful and friendly exchange of teasing remarks. "There was much singing and good-natured banter."
talk or exchange remarks in a good-humored teasing way. "The men bantered with the waitresses."
For the purposes of this contest, banter is the back-and-forth dialogue between two or more characters. It doesn't need to be between the love interests; it can be a dialogue between secondary characters or a lead character with one or more secondary characters.
What Is Romance?
A romance contains a central love story with an emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending regardless of orientation, race, gender, religion or culture. This can include, but not limited to, LGBTQ+, erotica, paranormal, contemporary, historical, inspirational, etc
First-round judges are trained MMRWA members.
For any score given under three (3), judges are required to provide constructive feedback as to the reason for that score. Here is the scoresheet.