Enter The Catherine

THE 2018 SUBMISSION PERIOD IS OVER!

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED AND GOOD LUCK!

“Entering the Catherine contest was the best decision I made this year. The feedback was great, the judging professional and the contest expertly managed. Winning the mentorship was just the cherry on top!”
-Heather Greye, Midnight’s Pawn, Gold Ticket Winner 2017″

“The Catherine is one of the best writing contests I’ve ever entered. The feedback from each round of judges was professional, encouraging, and spot on with suggested improvements. Thanks to that advice, I won my category, received a request from an agent and moved onto the Gold Ticket Round where I scored runner-up and the very best prize ever – three months with a mentor. This is THE CONTEST to enter.”
-Jacqueline Jayne, Malice for Mercy, Gold Ticket Runner-Up 2017

Steps to Enter:

  1. Read the OFFICIAL RULES (I’m clickable!) – They contain important information regarding how to have a successful contest entry such as eligibility and entry formatting!
  2. Determine your category below. Tip:  make sure your entry is a romance, meaning the love story is the main focus and it has an emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending. If your entry, in any genre/sub-genre, does not focus on the love story but has significant romantic elements throughout, then enter your manuscript in Wild Card: Romantic Elements. If you are entering the Young Adult Category, your entry may either focus on the love story or contain only romantic elements.
  3. Fill out the  TRW Members or Non-Members registration form online and pay the applicable fee. Entries must be emailed to contest@torontoromancewriters.com at time of payment.
CONTEST CATEGORIES – All Heat Levels Welcome!

Contemporary Romance
Manuscripts that are set in modern times, approximately from 1950 to the present that are greater than 65,000 words.

Contemporary Romance: Short
Manuscripts that are set in modern times, approximately from 1950 to the present that are less than 65,000 words in length.

Historical Romance
Manuscripts that are set prior to 1950.

Mainstream with a Central Romance (formerly Mainstream with Strong Romantic Elements)
Mainstream Fiction novels in which themes or elements other than the romance are integral to the story even though a central love story and an emotionally satisfying and optimistic resolution to the romance are still present. This category is intended for romances that do not fit neatly into any other category due to their mainstream fiction nature but where the central romance could not be removed without damaging the storyline.

Romantic Suspense
Manuscripts in which suspense/intrigue, mystery, or thriller elements constitute an integral part of the plot to enhance/support the love story.

Paranormal, Fantasy, Futuristic, Time Travel Romance
Manuscripts in which fantasy worlds or paranormal or science fiction elements are an integral part of the plot. May take place in any timeline or other world setting.

Wild Card:  Romantic Elements
Manuscripts from any genre where the focus is not on the romantic relationship but where romantic elements are integral to the storyline.

Young Adult
Manuscripts in which the main protagonist(s) are under eighteen years of age and young adult life is an integral part of the plot. May take place in any timeline, and/or contain suspense, paranormal, and sci-fi elements. May be either a romance or contain only romantic elements.

We accept LGBT entries in any of the above categories!

We accept Erotic and Inspirational elements in any of the above categories!

Tips to picking a category

If your entry seems to fit in more than one category, use the following criteria to narrow your choice to one:

What is your projected length?
What is your target market?
What is prevalent in your opening pages?
What are the most noticeable elements in the plot line and setting?

 

Questions?   Email us at: contest@torontoromancewriters.com

 

 

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