TORONTO ROMANCE WRITERS PRESENTS:
The Catherine 2013
(formerly the Original Golden Opportunity Contest)
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.
“I’m always amazed at the high quality of entries from the Gold ticket Round.” – Kristin Nelson, Nelson Literary Agency
The Catherine 2013
OPEN For Submissions April 1, 2013
Fee: $25 TRW members, $30 non-TRW members
Deadline: June 1, 2013
Eligibility: Open to all unpublished writers, and published members of RWA who are not eligible to join RWA-PAN. Entry must be uncontracted, unpublished at time of entry.
Entry: First pages plus a synopsis: Maximum 7500 words.
Contemporary Series: Wanda Ottewell, Harlequin
Contemporary Single Title: Leonore Waldrip, HQN
Historical: Katherine Pelz, Berkley
Romantic Suspense: Leis Pederson, Berkley
Paranormal, Fantasy, Futuristic: Esi Sogah, Kensington
Strong Romantic Elements: Kathleen Gilligan, St. Martin’s
Young Adult: Karen Chaplin, HarperCollins Children’s
Top Prize: Winners of the Final Round are entered into the Gold Ticket Round,
judged by Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency
More Information & Entry Forms
* NEW Rules and Regulations for 2013 – Please read carefully. *
7,500 words maximum, including synopsis.
No cover page.
The number of entries will be capped at 120.
Entry must be received within two days of payment.
DEADLINE FOR CONTEST ENTRY
Entries must be received by June 1, 2013, 11:59 pm EST.
Only electronic entries will be accepted.
DEADLINE FOR QUESTIONS
Due to the volume of emails arriving toward the contest deadline,
the cut-off for questions about entering the contest will be
May 30, 2013, 11:59 pm EST.
- Multiple entries from one writer must each have a separate entry form and fee.
- Entry must be received within two days of payment.
Fee for TRW members is $25:
Fee for non-TRW members is $30 Canadian:
Select the title of each file to download. All files are in Microsoft Office .doc format.
“Several of these entries were so good, I had to read them twice. Truly, the Toronto contest is the highest quality contest I’ve ever been involved in. I don’t know how you guys do it, but the final entries are always really solid. I rarely request a full from contest entries. This time I’m going to ask for three! This is high praise indeed.” – Final Judge Kristin Nelson, Nelson Literary Agency, regarding the 2009 contest
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