Early New Year’s Resolution – Enter a Contest?

Many of us make New Year’s Resolutions, and a lot of those plans involve writing.  If your resolution includes taking your writing to the next level or being recognized for the great work you’re already doing, then I have an idea for you!

Enter the Marlene contest, run by the Washington Romance Writers!

Here’s everything you need to know:

Contest Opens December 15, 2014

Discounted entry fee until January 1, 2015: $20 for WRW members/$25 for non-WRW members.

Emotion, tension, drama. Does your book have what it takes to be the next bestselling romance?

The Marlene Awards is a contest for unpublished manuscripts sponsored by the Washington Romance Writers chapter of Romance Writers of America. Every entry is evaluated by at least three judges. Finalists are ranked by publishing professionals. The grand prize winner in each category receives a detailed critique from a published author. This year’s list of judges and prize critiquers is as follows.

Series Contemporary

Final Round Judge: Johanna Raisanen, Harlequin

Critique Author: Robin Covington

Coordinator: Avery Flynn

Single Title

Final Round Judge: Esi Sogah, Kensington

Critique Author: Kimberly Kincaid

Coordinator: Kimberly Kincaid

Paranormal

Final Round Judge: Latoya Smith, Samhain Publishing

Critique Author: Sara Humphreys

Coordinator: Carlene Love Flores

Historical

Final Round Judge: Lauren Plude, Grand Central Publishing

Critique Author: Jennifer McQuiston

Coordinaor: Kathy Altman

Romantic Elements

Final Round Judge: Rhonda Helms, Carina Press

Critique Author: Tracy Brogan

Kerri Carpenter

Young Adult

Judge: Wendy Loggia, Delacorte Press, Random House

Critique Author: Jana Oliver

Coordinator: Meredith Bond

Erotic Romance

 

Final Round Judge: Rhonda Helms, Carina Press

 

Critique Author: Lavinia Kent

 

Coordinator: Jacqueline Graf

 

 

 

You can find out more and enter here: http://wrwdc.com/marlene-contest-2/entry-rules-and-submission-link/

 

 

Questions? Please contact me.

 

Robin Covington: wrwmarlene.contest@gmail.com

 

Contest Coordinator.

 

 

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Making that Connection

Every once in a while, an author is lucky enough to make a real connection with a reader.  A lot of the time, alas, even when the author *makes* that connection, she doesn’t know about it.  But every once in a while, a reader takes the time to write out her response…

Single Witch's Survival Guide by Mindy Klasky

Sherwood Smith posted her response to SINGLE WITCH over on the Book View Cafe blog.  She writes about Jane Madison, and about my librarian-witch’s school for witches.  But she also writes about real women in our real world, and about writing that connects, and, and, and…

Here:

http://bookviewcafe.com/blog/2013/08/13/sparkle/

You won’t regret the time you spend reading Sherwood’s words!

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When the Real and the Read-able Collide

I’m over at Magical Words today, talking about how authors sometimes take the real and twist it around so that novels are readable.  Stop by and let me know what you think about the topic!

http://www.magicalwords.net/mindy-klasky/sacrificing-reality-for-readability/

Magical Words is a website by writers for writers (and readers who want a behind-the-scenes peak at the process of writing.)  Regular posters include David B. Coe, John G. Hartness, Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, and Kalayna Price, with regular guest posts from Lucienne Diver, Diana Pharaoh Francis, C.E. Murphy, and Carrie Ryan.  Stop by and let me know what you think about characters’ names, in my work or elsewhere!

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Heard Any Good Books Lately?

Once upon a time, I wrote fantasy novels for adults — The Glasswrights Series and Season of Sacrifice.  I thought that I would always stick with that genre, because those were the only stories I could ever imagine telling.  Over time, I found my voice in different areas, and I dared to try a variety of genres.

But I will always have a special place in my heart for those first six books.  The Glasswrights Series is the story of Rani Trader, a merchant girl who witnesses an assassination and is accused of being the killer.  Even after she brings the true murderer to justice, she struggles to find her place in her highly caste-bound, religious society.  Along the way, she finds close friends, false loves, and one true romance.  Season of Sacrifice tells the story of Alana Woodsinger, a reluctant priestess who must do all in her power to rescue a pair of kidnapped twins.

I am beyond thrilled and over-the-moon that all six of these novels are now available as audio books, through Audible.com and Audible.co.uk.  If you enjoy audio books, won’t you check them out?  (And, of course, I’d be forever in your debt if you spread the word!)

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Gothic Novels and Urban Fantasy — Shall the Twain Meet?

I’m over at SFSignal’s Mind Meld today, talking about the intersection (or perhaps lack thereof) between gothic novels and urban fantasy.  The opinions are all over the map!  Take a look:

http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2012/10/mind-meld-the-intersection-between-gothic-horror-and-urban-fantasy/

Mindy, enjoying this celebration of Halloween!

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The 3 C’s — Church, Commedia, and Circus

I am a great fan of theater — I love attending plays, and I spent way too many college hours stage managing performances.  When I needed to choose a topic for my senior thesis, I was drawn to John Steinbeck, who once wrote a play about running away to join the circus — a quintessential American dream, in his mind.

That jumble — of theater and circus — combined with the theatricality of church ritual, all factors into DARKBEAST’s Travelers, the troupe of traveling performers who lure Keara from her home.  You can read more about theatrical traditions and how I wove them into DARKBEAST at Steven Harper Piziks blog.  And there’s a free copy of DARKBEAST for one lucky chosen-at-random commenter.  Just leave a note by midnight September 1!

Mindy, posting late from Chicon

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