2013 Golden Claddagh Contest
- Previously entered manuscripts may be entered again, but no previous winning manuscript shall be re-entered, even if revised.
- You may submit multiple entries so long as you pay an entry fee and submit a completed entry form for each submission.
- For a small additional fee ($5 for CHRW members, $10 for non-members), you may enter the same manuscript in more than one category. Please mark on your entry form every category you want to enter, and remit the proper payment.
- Entry fee per entry: $15.00 CHRW member and $25.00 non-member.
All entries will be read and scored for the first round by two trained judges and one published author, and the lowest score dropped. The three entries with the highest total scores in each category will move to the final round. An editor/agent will judge the final round and select a winner from the finalists in each category.
FF&P: Future, Fantasy & Paranormal / Steampunk / Alternative History: Romance novel where the mains focus is on the romantic relationship, but the future, fantasy or paranormal elements are integral to the story (includes time-travel). You must identify the theme (i.e. futuristic, alternate history, Steampunk, etc.) in the header of your entry to help acclimate the judges.
HISTORICAL / Celtic: Romance novel (need not be Celtic specifically, but please mark if it is Celtic) set primarily before 1945 — any location. Please specify your time period and setting in your entry. For entries identified as Celtic, a time period, Celtic theme, and setting must be identified in your entry: (Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Cornish, Bretons, Isle of Man).
YA: Young Adult / Middle Grade / New Adult: Romance novels or novellas in which young adult themes constitute an integral part of the plot. Main focus is still on the romantic relationship between the hero and heroine. You must identify the theme (i.e. YA, MG, NA) in the header of your entry.
- The fully completed entry form (that will include the author’s name, address, phone, and email). Do not include the entry form in the same attachment as your manuscript and synopsis. The manuscript and synopsis will be attached as one document.
- The beginning of your manuscript, including prologue, cannot exceed twenty (20) pages. Standard manuscript format must be followed:
- 1 inch margins (on top, bottom, left side, and right side)
- paragraph indentations of .5 inches in Times New Roman 12 pt. or Arial 11 pt. font.
- Header must include: title of the manuscript, category (with specific genre) submitted to, word count (novel or novella, when complete), and any erotic content (if your manuscript is erotic, mark it “EROTIC”, and if there are M/M, F/F, ménage, or BDSM elements, please mark those as well).
- Saved as a .doc or .rtf file.
We will not accept entries that do not meet this requirement or that have colored, or designer fonts. DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR NAME ANYWHERE ON THE MANUSCRIPT.
The synopsis must be included with the same file attachment as the manuscript, must follow the same format as the entry (see above), and may not exceed five (5) pages. Do not send the synopsis in a separate attachment. It should start and end as though it were separate from your manuscript. Any entry that contains a single spaced synopsis and/or begins or ends on the same page as the manuscript will be corrected by the category coordinator prior to the first round of judging. If this results in greater than five pages of double-spaced, properly formatted synopsis, anything over the five page mark will be eliminated and considered your official entry. The synopsis will be scored in the first round but not in the final round. The heading must include the title of the manuscript, length of the completed work, the category, and the theme. The author’s name may not appear anywhere on either the manuscript or the synopsis.
ANY MANUSCRIPT OR SYNOPSIS THAT DOES NOT FOLLOW THE RULES SET DOWN HERE MAY BE REFUSED OR REFORMATTED. The category coordinator will reformat the work to meet the guidelines set down in these instructions. If this results in a submission of greater than 20 pages of manuscript or greater than five pages of synopsis, the extra pages of either or both (manuscript and synopsis) will be cut in order to meet the contest rules. Our deadline is firm. Manuscripts must be received by the appropriate category coordinator by MIDNIGHT (EST) on May 1, 2013 in order to be considered viable.
At the end of the first round, the top three scoring entries in each category will receive a reading and critique (not a line edit) from top agents and/or editors.
FIRST PLACE entries will receive a cash prize.
For questions please contact the contest chair at:
CONTEST CLOSES on MAY 1, 2013.