Charter Oak Romance Writers present
The Golden Acorn
Quick Look Hook
does an editor or reader look at when they
pick up your book? The query letter or the
back-cover copy! And then, if you're lucky,
the first few pages.
the contest designed to help the self-publishing
author or the writer trying to grab the eye
of an editor or agent.
attention-grabbing description of your
book that will intrigue any reader (think
of a book's back cover copy or the meat
of a query letter). Limit 200 words
first three pages of your manuscript,
double spaced, proper ms format.
a synopsis will be required.
Entries are open now. All entries must be received
no later than midnight May 20.
will receive a detailed score sheet from three qualified
judges which may include trained judges and/or published
authors. The lowest score will be dropped before
determining the final score. Ties are broken using
the dropped low score. The top five entries in each
category will advance to the finals.
contest is 100% electronic. Links
to forms are located near the bottom
of this page.
the first round you may include a short
synopsis (not to exceed 3 pages) that
will not be judged.
will be notified by mid-July
will be announced mid-August
will be given five days to polish their
entries before they are submitted to
the Final Judges, all professionals
in the publishing field.
Contest is open to unpublished
and published authors (who may enter only with an
and Final Round Judges:
Paranormal Romance - Chris Keeslar, editor Boroughs
Historical (short or long and Regencies) - Linda
Ingmanson, editor Samhain
Contemporary - Rebecca Strauss, agent
at McIntosh & Otis, Inc.
Mainstream with Romantic Elements - Susan
Litman, Harlequin Special Edition editor
Young Adult - Eric Ruben, agent
fee - $15 U.S. funds
payment accepted at
CORW2013@aol.com. Please include:
- Number of entries @
$15 per entry,
- entry name and genre,
- your real name,
- your pseudonym if applicable, and
- your PayPal account
checks payable to CORW. Send to
CORW, P.O. BOX
Southwick, MA, 01077
along with a copy of your entry form.
If you still have questions, please
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