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Contest Deadlines

March 21, 2011 by in category Archives tagged as ,

Updated and all sites tested…Compiled by Donna Caubarreaux….May be forwarded with credits.

  • EA = Electronic Format Available
  • EA/Non US = Electronic for Foreign Entries
  • EO = Electronic Only
  • MO = Members Only
  • U = Unpublished
  • P = Published
  • P/3 = Not published in three years
  • Pnr = Published, but not by RWA standards
  • PC = Not published in category selected



Fool for Love Contest (EO – U – P)
Virginia Romance Writers
Received no later than Midnight April 1, 2011
First fifty pages plus optional synopsis, five page max.


Magic Moment (U – P/5)
Heart and Scroll RWA
Postmarked by April 1, 2011
First ten pages.


Romancing the Script
Scriptscene Chapter
Deadline: April 1, 2011
First act not to exceed thirty pages.


Royal Ascot Contest (EO – U – P/5)
The Beau Monde Chapter
Received no later than Midnight April 1, 2011
First 7K words and optional synopsis limit 500 words.


Touched by Love Contest (U – P/3 – EO)
Faith, Hope & Love Chapter
Received no later than Midnight April 1, 2011
First thirty pages and unjudged synopsis up to two pages double-spaced.


Orange Rose Contest (U – EO – P/5)
Orange County Chapter RWA
Received by April 9, 2011
Beginning and synopsis not to exceed 55 pages.


Donna Caubarreaux is a member of Coeur de Louisiane, Scriptscene Chapter, NOLA Stars, Heart of Louisiana, and Kiss of Death. She received a RWA Service Award in 1997

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Why Enter the Orange Rose Costest?

March 18, 2011 by in category Archives tagged as ,

by Shannon Donnelly

This question could be asked—why enter any writing contest? What can it do for you—and what won’t it do. And should you even think about entering? Let’s start with some basics, as in what can any contest do for you.

Contests can:

  • Get you seen by editors, faster than through the slush pile
  • Get you feedback so you can better identify your weaknesses and strengths
  • Help you cut and polish your pages
  • If you final, get you enough notice to land an agent
  • If you win, give you a marketing advantage—a way to have your book stand out from others because your book has already won praise

What it can’t do for you:

  • Cannot guarantee a sale
  • Cannot guarantee a successful writing career

That’s a lot going for what a contest can give to you. But how do you know if you’re ready? And why enter the Orange Rose contest specifically?

Things to think about before you enter:

  • Do you have the opening couple of chapters finished
  • Do you know the ending of your book (helps you write a synopsis)?
  • Do you have an issue with the first pages that you don’t know how to fix?
  • Do you have trouble figuring out how to market your book?
  • Do you need feedback beyond your immediate family (who loves everything you do, or who has never seen anything you’ve written)?
  • Do you wonder if you’ve started the book in the right place?
  • Do you put off getting your pages finished?
  • Do you have a synopsis that is over ten pages?
  • Do you wonder if your core conflict is weak or on target?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, you might be ready for the Orange Rose contest. If you’ve answered yes to three or more of the questions, you should think about entering. If you’ve answered yes to more than seven of them, it’s definitely time to enter.

Contests aren’t just about winning—they are also a way to track your own progress as a writer. This actually used to be a lot more possible to do with submissions and rejections, but these days it’s too easy for good work to get rejections. Contests help fill that gap, give you better feedback, and they give you deadlines so you can start to see if you can actually make a writing career work.

But why the Orange Rose?

There are several excellent reasons. But let’s start with the best one—the feedback in the Orange Rose comes from published authors.

Now, all judging is subjective. That means some folks like oranges better than apples, and an opinion is an opinion. But a published author has learned what works—the hard way. There is an experience here that does help in that every published author knows one thing: flawed writing will sell. Every story has its strengths—and its weaknesses. But a published author has learned how to accent one and cover up the other. That’s knowledge those authors can pass along.

The next best reason is fifty-five pages—same as the Golden Heart. You may have a brilliant first couple of pages. Or your brilliance may shine at page thirty. But you won’t know which is which in the Golden Heart, which just gives you back a number. The Orange Rose is still one of the best contests around which can tell you if you’re ready for the Golden Heart, and gets you feedback in time to make revisions.

There’s also the excellent reason of money—cash awards! And while writing may not just be about the money for you, there’s nothing quite like stepping up into the category of a writer who is becoming a professional—you’re getting paid to write. That’s pretty heady stuff.

Finally, it’s your chapter contest. When I was still unpublished and struggling, the Orange Rose was a measure of my own success. It was also a contest I always wanted to win—I never managed a win, but I was a finalist several times, and I always got the best feedback. And recognition from my peers.

If you use it right, the Orange Rose can teach you how to set goals and reach them.

It can be another tool that you can use to help you become published—it’s not the only path there, but it is a path. More than 45 finalists—that’s finalists, not just winners—have gone on to become published authors. That’s quite a track record.

The Orange Rose can be a touchstone of progress. It can give you a big picture look at how you are doing in going up against lots of other writers–the same way that you have to go up against those writers in the slush pile.

And a vote of encouragement from other authors can be just the thing you need to hold onto and use in your darker days to light your path to writing your next book.

To enter the Orange Rose, visit occrwa.org  or http://www.occrwa.org/orangerosecontest/ and enter before April 9, 2011.

Published in the March 2011 issue of the Orange Country RWA Orange Blossom newsletter.

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Orange Rose Finalists Annouced

July 12, 2009 by in category Writing Contest tagged as ,

The finalists for OCC’s 26th Annual Orange Rose Contest for Unpublished Writers were announced at the July meeting by contest chair, Charlotte Lobb.

This year’s finalists range the globe, from California to Georgia, Vancouver to Toronto, and even Australia by way of Paris.

And the finalists are:

Lecia Cotton Cornwall, Unmasking the Countess, Historical

Pamela Kopfler, Better Dead, Paranormal/Time Travel/Fantasy

Kate Frieman, Strong, Sweet & Haunting, Paranormal/Time Travel/Fantasy

Kathy Bennett, A Dozen Deadly Roses, Romantic Suspense

Gayle Link, w/a Vanessa Riley, Carriage of Honor, Historical

Laurie Thompson, A Sweet But Deadly Desire, Paranormal/Time Travel/Fantasy

Gabrielle Luthy, Learning How to Stay, Mainstream

Alison Pritchard, The Sons of Gregor MacLeod: Highland Promise, Historical

Jo Anne Banker, This Child is Mine, Contemporary

Cheryl Nagro, Love Thy Neighbor, Inpirational

Congratulations to all, and a big Thank You to Charlotte for all her hard work on the contest.

Final results will be announced at the October meeting.

Posted by Linda McLaughlin, Orange Rose Contest Electronic Entry Coordinator

“In the journey of life, love is the sweetest reward.”

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