What You Can Win!

“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

Preliminary Round

All entrants will receive two score sheets with constructive feedback on their entry.

All preliminary round finalists will have their work read by an acquiring editor and agent, be listed on the TRW and RWA websites and be listed in the Romance Writers Report (RWR).

All of the entrants, excluding the preliminary round finalists, will be entered into a draw to win a Published Author Critique with Kate James!

Kate James

Kate James spent much of her childhood abroad before attending university in Canada. She built a successful business career, but her passion has always been literature. As a result Kate turned her energy to her love of the written word. Kate’s goal is to entertain her readers with engaging stories featuring strong, likeable characters. Kate has been honored with numerous awards for her writing. She and her husband, Ken, enjoy traveling and the outdoors with their beloved Labrador Retrievers. Visit Kate at kate-james.com

Finalist Round

An acquiring agent and editor, http://torontoromancewriters.com/enter/judging/, will read all the top entries, determining a first-place winner in each category.

The first-place winner in each category will advance to the Gold Ticket Round. All finalists will be announced on the TRW website and in the RWR.

Gold Ticket Round

Joanna Mackenzie of the Nelson Literary Agency will choose the first, second and third-place overall winners for The Catherine 2018 contest.

The winners of the Gold Ticket Round will be announced in the RWR, on the TRW website, the RWA website, and at the 2018 Northern Hearts Conference Gala Dinner.

The first-place winner in the Gold Ticket Round will win a three-month mentorship* with Victoria James that will include:

  • a critique of an additional three chapters or 10, 000 words
  • work on developing believable goals, motivation, and conflict
  • create/tighten a log-line/pitch
  • help with query letter and synopsis

The second and third-place Gold Ticket Round winners will each receive one Published Author Critique from either Eve Silver or Kelley Armstrong.

Victoria James

Victoria James is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Victoria graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and then pursued a diploma in Interior Design in Toronto, Ontario. Victoria, her husband, and their two children decided to leave the suburbs of Toronto behind in pursuit of the small-town life that she loves writing about. She now finds endless inspiration in her charming, lakeside town. Her days are spent juggling the restoration of a heritage home, writing, and family-life. Victoria loves hearing from her readers and enjoys posting her latest pics of their renovation. Find out more about Victoria, and get a free novella on her website at: www.victoriajames.ca


Kelley Armstrong

#1 NYT bestselling author Kelley Armstrong is the author of the Cainsville modern gothic series and the Age of Legends YA fantasy trilogy. Past works include Otherworld urban fantasy series, the Darkest Powers & Darkness Rising teen paranormal trilogies and the Nadia Stafford crime trilogy.
She also co-wrote the Blackwell Pages middle-grade fantasy trilogy as K.L. Armstrong with M.A. Marr. Visit Kelley at kelleyarmstrong.com

Eve Silver

Eve Silver

National bestselling author Eve Silver has been praised for her “edgy, steamy, action-packed” books, darkly sexy heroes and take-charge heroines. In 2015 she won the OLA Forest of Reading White Pine Award, and her work was shortlisted for the Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy (2014), and was both an American Bookseller’s Association Best Book for Children and a Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens (2013). She has garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Quill and Quire, two RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Awards, Library Journal’s Best Genre Fiction Award, and she was nominated for the Romance Writers of America® RITA® Award. Eve lives with her husband, two sons, an energetic Airedale terrier and an exuberant border collie/shepherd. Visit Eve at evesilver.net


*The scope of the mentorship is at the Mentor’s discretion.
Note:  TRW reserves the right to change the prizes without notifying the entrants.

Questions?   Email us at: contest@torontoromancewriters.com

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