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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

There's still time to enter the STAR contest!

The local RWA chapter that I belong to is having a contest. Finalists will have their entry read by both an editor and an agent. :)

Entries must be postmarked by October 1, 2007 so there is still time to enter.

I've pasted the rules, regulations and a list of final judges below.

Check it out. :)


Here are the Rules and Regulations:

Rules & Regulations
Deadline: Postmarked by October 1, 2007

1. The contest is open to any author unpublished in book-length fiction. Any author who has not received $1000 or more, either as an advance or in actual earnings, for any single work of fiction within the last five years is also eligible for this contest. Entries are not eligible if covered by a book-length fiction contract by the entry deadline. Winning entries (first place) from previous years are not eligible. However, a winner may submit a new entry if all other eligibility requirements are met.

2. The overall contest winner will have a star named for them through the International Star Registry. The winner of each category will receive an engraved STAR paperweight. All finalists will receive a certificate.

3. The six categories are: Series Contemporary, Single Title Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, Erotic Romance and Young Adult.

4. Each entry shall consist of 3 copies of the author’s first chapter, maximum 25 pages. Contestants should use binder clips only: No staples, paperclips, or rubber bands.

5. Each entry must include a completed, signed entry form (electronic signatures acceptable for electronic entries), plus entry fee. Photocopies are acceptable. Each entry must also include a cover sheet with the entrant's name, address, telephone number, e-mail address (if any), title of entry, and category.

6. Authors may enter more than once, but the same manuscript shall not be entered in more than one category. For example: a historical novel that has strong YA elements may be entered in the Historical Category or the YA Category, but not both. There is no limit to the number of eligible manuscripts an author may enter. Separate entry forms and fees are required for each entry.

7. Manuscripts should be neatly typed in size 12 Courier New or Times New Roman font, double spaced, with 1" margins, on one side only of plain white 8 1/2" x 11" bond paper. No more than 25 lines per page. Good quality photocopies are acceptable. The name of the entry, the category and the page number must appear at the top of each page. THE AUTHOR’S NAME MUST NOT APPEAR ON ANY PORTION OF THE MANUSCRIPT.

8. NEW for 2007: Electonic entries are accepted from contestants residing outside the USA as long as the entry complies with the preceding format and is Word compatible.

9. Should any category fail to receive a minimum of five entries, that category will be canceled. Entrants will be given the option of moving their entry into a different category or having their entries and fees returned.

10. The preliminary round will be judged by at least two trained judges, at least one of whom is published in romance. Judges are encouraged to provide positive feedback and comments.

11. In the event of a difference of 25 points or more between preliminary judge scores, a discrepancy judge will also judge the entry and the three scores will be averaged to determine the preliminary round score.

12. FEES: SpacecoasT Authors of Romance members: $25. Non-members:$30. All entries (except electronic) must include a STAMPED, SELF-ADDRESSED ENVELOPE for the return of the entry. Non-electronic entries received without SASE will be judged, but will not be returned.

13. DEADLINE: Postmarked by October 1, 2007 and received no later than October 8, 2007. Entries postmarked after Oct. 1st, or received after Oct. 8th, will be returned. Do not use any mailing method that requires a signature upon receipt. If you would like confirmation of receipt, also enclose a self-addressed, stamped post card.


For contestants residing within the continental US, address entries to:

Launching A Star Contest
1823 Laurel Oak Drive South
Rockledge , FL 32955

Electronic signatures are acceptable on the entry form. Attach signed entry form and an MS Word file containing the entered material to an email titled LAUNCHING A STAR CONTEST and send c/o Lee Duncan to:

NOTE: Checks must be mailed by October 1st and received no later than October 7th. Email submissions must be received by October 1st.

15. Finalists will be notified by e-mail or telephone by November 30th. Winners will be notified in mid-February and announced on our website and in RWR.

If you have questions, please email them to the Contest Coordinator, Lee Duncan, at

Annual Launching A Star Contest 2007

This year's finalists will be judged by both an editor and an agent!

Winners of the Launching A Star contest know what it means to be a star! The overall contest winner has a star named in their honor through the International Star Registry. An engraved, star-shaped paperweight
is presented to the first place winner of each category. And stars fill the background of the frameable certificate provided to all finalists.

Category Final Judge - Editor Final Judge - Agent
Single Title Erin Galloway, Dorchester Publishing Michelle Grajkowski, Three Seas Literary Agency
Paranormal Heather Osborne, TOR Laurie McLean, Larsen-Pomada Agency
Historical Keyren Gerlach, HQN Elizabeth Pomada, Larsen-Pomada Agency
Series Contemporary Susan Litman, Harlequin Elaine English, Elaine English Agency
Erotica Angela James, Samhain Roberta Brown, Brown Literary Agency
Young Adult Kate Seaver, Berkley Elaine Spencer, The Knight Agency



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