Steamy Scene May Lead To Publishing Contract

Are you an aspiring author? Have you written a steamy love scene that’s a scene stealer? Why not enter the Maryland Romance Writers Reveal Your Inner Vixen Contest.

According to MWRA’s website, your entry should be no more than 25 pages (plus an unjudged 1-page set) should convey the sensual tension between your hero and heroine and that the scene can be anything from a flirtation, a kiss, or a fully developed love scene, just as long as the reader can feel that tension.

Entry is easy this year, no snail mail here guys! All entries should be sent in electronically and time stamped no later than June 15 al0ng with an entry fee of $20 for MWRA members and $25 for non-members. ESPECIALLY NEEDED: SERIES CATEGORY, SINGLE TITLE, HISTORICAL, EROTIC ROMANCE, AND YOUNG ADULT.

Each entry will be judged by THREE qualified judges, i.e., trained and/or published authors and each entry will receive helpful comments regarding strengthening their manuscripts.

The top three scoring entries in each category will then advance to the final round for evaluation by TWO EDITORS in that genre. All finalists receive a brief critique by the final round judge, a certificate, and mention in the next issue of the RWA® Romance Writers Report. First place winners receive a $50 prize. Last year, five out of fifteen finalists were asked to submit partial or full manuscripts.

Here are the categories along with their final round judges:

Series Contemporary: 1950-present, 40,000-79,000 words
Final Judges: Gail Chasan, Harlequin/Silhouett e; Rhonda Penders, The Wild Rose Press;

Single Title:1950-present, 80,000-120,000 words
Final Judges: Allison Brandau, Penguin/Berkley; Bethany Morgan, Samhain Publishing, Inc;

Historical: Historical: BCE-1950, 40,000-120,000 words
Final Judges: Meghan Conrad, Ellora’s Cave Publishing Inc; Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks, Inc;

Alternative: TT/F/F/P, 85,000-120,000 words
Final Judges: Chris Keeslar, Dorchester; Amanda Barnett, The Wild Rose Press;

**Young Adult: 40,000 words or more
Final Judges: Krista Marino, Delacorte; Lindsey McGurk, Samahain Publishing, Inc

For more information about the contest or to see a sample score sheet, visit:

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