Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Enter the Ignite the Flame Contest this Year!

Last year I entered the YA category of Ignite the Flame and won first place. I'd recently spiced up the sexual tension in my first meeting based on feedback from an agent. The Ignite the Flame win was a great confidence boost that I'd gotten it right. I got a partial request from my contest judge and some invaluable feedback to make the book even better.

Take a look at the details below...

***Permission to forward granted, encouraged and appreciated***

Central Ohio Fiction Writers' Annual Ignite the Flame Contest is accepting entries SOON!

Opens March 5, 2012
Deadline May 20, 2012.

Authors get your pens out and enter the Central Ohio Fiction Writers' Ignite the Flame Contest today. This is a perfect way to get your writing seen by some truly wonderful agents and editors!

The Ignite the Flame Contest is designed to help you polish that critical first meet scene so that it crackles with romantic energy! (A reunion scene is also acceptable.)

Entries should be 15 pages MAX, with an optional one-page, un-judged, set-up (no synopsis).

The top 3 manuscripts in each category that score 80 or above go to one of the final judges listed below:

•Laura Bradford: Romantic Suspense (Agent at Bradford Literary Agency)
•Deb Werksman: Historical Romance (Editor at Sourcebooks)
•Rhonda Penders: Category-Length Contemporary (Editor at Wild Rose Press)
•Andrea Somberg: Young Adult (Agent at Harvey Klinger, Inc.)
•Katherine Pelz: Single Title (Editor at Berkley Publishing Group)
•Alicia Rasley: Erotic Romance (Editor at Red Sage)
•Lindsey Faber: Paranormal Romance (Editor at Samhain Publishing)

Here's what 2011 contestants say about the COFW Ignite the Flame Contest:

"It was quite valuable information and I'm anxious to incorporate it into my writing. I was so nervous to have another person read what I have written – no one ever has before. Thank you so much for the opportunity!" - Melissa Paull

"I appreciate the feedback you gave me and even now I am busy revising my manuscript. I have two requests for the full manuscript, so I want to get it perfect! Thank you so much." – Lexi Post

"I was very impressed with the professional (and supportive) manner in which you ran the show. I will definitely be recommending Ignite the Flame to other Aussies who are contemplating sending off to RWA competitions." – Lynn Ward

Visit COFW for more details.