Contest

 

The Catherine 2014

(formerly the Original Golden Opportunity Contest)

The Catherine 2014 is now closed for entries. Please check back in December 2014 for details on The Catherine 2015.

The Catherine is a great way to get your writing in front of some of the industry’s top editors. Many prior finalists have received requests from the final round judges. All entrants receive three comprehensive score sheets from the first round judges.

Our contest has been renamed The Catherine to honour the late Catherine Witmer. A member of RWA since 1996, Catherine was an incredible proponent of the romance genre through her work as a Romantic Times reviewer. She also served as president of the Toronto Romance Writers in 1999 and 2001. A portion of the proceeds raised by The Catherine will be donated to Canadian literacy.

Finalists for The Catherine 2014

Contemporary Series – Final Round Judge: Megan Long, Harlequin

SUMMER OF FORTUNE by Judy Hudson

WHEN IN ROME by Angela Bissell

CABIN FEVER by Judy Hudson

 

Contemporary Single Title – Final Round Judge: Esi Sogah, Kensington

CATCHING KATIE by Eva Siedler

THE FIRST WORD by Isley Robson

SHE’S GOT GAME by A.G. Starling

 

Historical – Final Round Judge: Katherine Pelz, Berkley

LESSONS IN SCANDAL by Crystal Eliot

A WICKED WAY TO WIN AN EARL by Katherine Jackson

KITTY’S WAR by Barbara Whitaker

 

Romantic Suspense – Final Round Judge: Leah Hultenschmidt, Grand Central Publishing

FOR LOVE AND MONEY by Madelle Morgan

TRUST NO ONE by Annette Rutherford

GUARDING JULIA by Babette de Jongh

 

Paranormal, Fantasy, Futuristic – Final Round Judge: Brenda Chin, Belle Books

WATCHTOWER by Jennifer K. Hover

SPARK RISING by Kate Corcino

HELL TO PAY by Jillian David

SAVING JEWEL by Babette de Jongh

 

Strong Romantic Elements – Final Round Judge: Kerri Buckley, Carina Press

LUCK RIDERS by Lynne M. MacLean

FIRST BLUSH by Jennifer Sanchez

WHERE THE PAST BELONGS by Elizabeth Cockle and James Colling writing as E.J. Colling *

 

Young Adult – Final Round Judge: Karen Chaplin, HarperCollins Children’s

THE FROST KING by Elly Takaki *

THE OTHER CHEEK by McCall Hoyle

VIRTUE, VICE, SACRIFICE by Shannon Schuren

 

New Adult – Megha Parekh, Grand Central Publishing

CAN’T HELP BUT SEE by Ava Bazemore

PASSING THE BAR by Lauren Riddick

ALL THAT SHIMMERS by Kady Winter

SEDUCING DEATH by Michelle Edwards

 

* TRW member

Categories with more than three finalists are due to ties.

Gold Ticket Round

Category winners are entered into the Gold Ticket competition judged by Kristin Nelson from the Nelson Literary Agency. The Gold Ticket winner will receive a three-chapter critique by New York Times Bestselling author Kelley Armstrong.

It’s rare indeed when every single entry is good enough to win and also good enough to be published. Because it seems to happen every year when I judge the Toronto Gold Ticket Contest, I expect no less from entries that make the final round.” Kristin Nelson, Nelson Literary Agency

I just wanted to share with you that I did end up signing a three-book deal with Grand Central after being a finalist in this contest! Thank you so much for providing this opportunity to get my work in front of editors. It definitely made a big difference for me!”  Sara Richardson, Finalist
Sara’s entry, The Art of Persuasion, placed FIRST in the Strong Romantic Elements category of The Catherine 2013

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