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Writing Workshops, Conferences, Writing Contests



Find out who is sponsoring writing contests.
Find out where there are online writing workshops.

All Contests and Workshops are offered and/or sponsored by RWA Chapters


(February) Contest
2011 The Sheila Contest
Deadline: Feb 12, 2011 (Electronic entries only)
Fee: $25-30
Sponsored by: Valley Forge Romance Writers
What to enter: 35 pages total, including synopsis, which is not to exceed five pages
Open to: Published and unpulblished
Judges: Four qualified judges and when possible at least one published author
Final Judges: Acquiring editors and agents TBA
To find out more, or to get the rules and an entry form, go to www.vfrw.com


(February) Contest
13th Annual Fire and Ice Contest
Deadline: Feb 16, 2011
Fee: $25-30
Sponsored by: Chicago North RWA Chapter
What to enter: first 25 pages of MS
Open to: Published and unpulblished
Judges: Two trained judges, at least one of which is published
Final Judges: Editors and agents
To find out more, or to get the rules and an entry form, go to www.chicagonorthrwa.org
(March) Contest
2011 Great Beginnings Contest
Deadline: March 1, 2011 (Electronic entries only)
Fee: $10
Sponsored by: Utah RWA
What to enter: first 5-pages of MS
Open to: Published and unpulblished
Judges: Experienced, published/unpublished
Final Judges: TBA
To find out more, or to get the rules and an entry form, go to www.utahrwa.com
(March) Contest
Fab Five 2011
Deadline: March 1, 2011
Fee: $18-20
Sponsored by: Wisconsin Romance Writers (WisRWA)
What to enter: first 2,5000 words of MS; no synopsis
Open to: Published and unpulblished
Judges: Trained, published/unpublished
Final Judges: Editors and agents
To find out more, or to get the rules and an entry form, go to www.wisrwa.org
(April) Contest
2011 Magic Moment Contest
Deadline: April 1, 2011
Fee: $25-30
Sponsored by: Heart and Scroll Chapter
What to enter: first 10 pages of MS
Open to: Published and unpulblished
Judges: Experienced, published/unpublished
Final Judges: Agent
To find out more, or to get the rules and an entry form, go to www.heartandscroll.com/contest_MagicMoment_rules.htm
(April) Contest
2011 Royal Ascot
Deadline: April 1, 2011
Fee: $20-30
Sponsored by: The Beau Monde
What to enter: Entries must have at least partial Regency/late Georgian setting. 7,000 words max; 500 word synopsis optional
Open to: Published and unpulblished
Judges: Three trained judges
Final Judges: Editors and agents
To find out more, or to get the rules and an entry form, go to www.thebeaumonde.com/royalascot
(April) Contest
2011 Touched by Love Award
Deadline: April 1, 2011 (Electronic entries only)
Fee: $20-25
Sponsored by: Faith, Hope, and Love RWA
What to enter: first 30 pages of an inspirational MS; 2-page synopsis
Open to: Published and unpulblished
Final Judges: Published authors
To find out more, or to get the rules and an entry form, go to www.faithhopelove-rwa.org
(April) Contest
28th Annual Orange Rose Contest
Deadline: April 9, 2011 (Electronic entries only)
Fee: $25-35
Sponsored by: Orange County Chapter
What to enter: 55 pages including synopsis
Open to: Published and unpulblished
Judges: Published authors
Final Judges: Acquiring editors and agents
To find out more, or to get the rules and an entry form, go to www.occrwa.org

(February) Workshop - Online
Corsets, Goggles, Airships, Oh My!
When: Jan 31-Feb 25, 2011
Fee: $15-25
Sponsored by: Carolina Romance Writers
Presented by: Beth Daniels
To find out more go to www.carolinaromancewriters.com
(February) Workshop - Online
Series Business
When: Feb 1-12, 2011
Fee: $15-20
Sponsored by: Red River Romance Writers
Presented by: Misty Evans
To find out more go to redriverromancewriters.com/workshops.php
(February) Workshop - Online
Writing with the Anxiety Curve
When: Feb 1, 2011
Fee: $15-30
Sponsored by: Kiss of Death
Presented by: Sally J. Walker
To find out more go to www.rwamysterysuspense.org/coffin.html
(February) Workshop - Online
Puzzling Out The Necessary Bits
When: Feb 4-25, 2011
Fee: $15-25
Sponsored by: Lowcountry RWA
Presented by: Beth Henderson
To find out more go to www.lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/#FEB
(February) Workshop - Online
What I Wish I'd Done Before I Published
When: Feb 7-21, 2011
Fee: $15-20
Sponsored by: San Diego Romance Writers
Presented by: Ann Siracusa
To find out more go to www.rwasd.com/training/index.html
(February) Workshop - Online
OMG I *Heart* It: Writing the YA Teens Want to Read
When: Feb 14-March 11, 2011
Fee: $20-30
Sponsored by: Orange County Chapter
Presented by: Suzanne Lazear
To find out more go to www.occrwa.org/onlineclasses.html
(March) Workshop - Online
Historical Forensics
When: March 1, 2011
Fee: $150-30
Sponsored by: Kiss of Death
Presented by: Doug Lyle
To find out more go to www.rwamysterysuspense.org/coffin.html
(March) Workshop - Online
Before you Hit Send: Self-Editing for Published and Unpublished Authors
When: March 4-31, 2011
Fee: $16
Sponsored by: Lowcountry RWA
Presented by: Angela James
To find out more go to www.lowcountryrwa.com/online-workshops/#MAR
(March) Workshop - Online
Action Sequences: Writing Heart-Pounding Fight Scenes, Chases, and Climaxes
When: March 7, 2011
Fee: $15-20
Sponsored by: Passionate Ink
Presented by: Angela Knight
To find out more go to www.passionateink.org/workshops
(March) Workshop - Online
Goal, Motivation, Conflict, and Disaster
When: March 7, 2011
Fee: Free-$25
Sponsored by: From the Heart Romance Writers
Presented by: Misa Ramirez
To find out more go to fthrw.com/workshops
(March) Workshop - Online
Power of the Senses
When: March 7-25, 2011
Fee: $12-20
Sponsored by: Elements of RWA
Presented by: Bill Haggart
To find out more go to www.elementsofrwa.com/workshops.html
(March) Workshop - Online
Challenging Couples in Love
When: March 14-18, 2011
Fee: $15-20
Sponsored by: Black Diamond Chapter
Presented by: Laurie Schnedy
To find out more go to www.bdrwa.com

RWA Chapters, writing organizations, do you have an upcoming workshop, conference, or writing contest? If so, send me your detailed news!


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