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New Jersey Romance Writers 2013 Put Your Heart in a Book Contest

New Jersey Romance Writers 2013 Put Your Heart in a Book Contest

Official Information

Entry Deadline: Entry period is from June 1, 2013 until July 1, 2013. Entries must be sent electronically and received by 12:01 a.m., July 1, 2013.

Entry Fee: $25 ~ NJRW members, $35 ~ All others

Eligibility: Unpublished or not Published in last five years.

•Official rules
•Entry Form


Computer counts should be used to determine length. These are projected final word counts for your manuscript.

Contemporary Series Category romance, 40,000 word minimum romances set in the present day.

Single Title Contemporary Romances set in present day, 40,000 words minimum.

Historical Single Title and category romances set before 1945. Includes Regency romances. 40,000 word minimum.

Paranormal Fantasy, futuristic, paranormal and FFP romantic suspense. 40,000 word minimum.

Young Adult Romance Novels with a strong romantic theme geared toward young adult readers. 40,000 word minimum.

Romantic Suspense A work of fiction in which a romance plays a significant part in the story, but other themes or elements take
the plot beyond the traditional romance boundaries. 40,000 word minimum.

Please submit the opening chapter of your manuscript, along with a chapter-by-chapter synopsis. Submission should not exceed thirty pages total, including text and synopsis. See Official Rules for details.

Prizes Awarded in each category
•1st Place: $50 + plaque
•2nd Place: $35 + certificate
•3rd Place: $25 + certificate

Final Round Judges

An agent, editor and multi-published author will judge the final entries.

Short Contemporary
Agent: Pattie Steele-Perkins, Steele-Perkins Literary Agency
Editor: Lauren Ruth, Entangled Publishing
Multi-published Author: Katherine Garbera

Single-Title Contemporary
Agent: Michelle Grajkowski, Three Seas Literary Agency
Editor: LaToya Smith, Grand Central Publishing
Multi-published Author: Margaret Mallory

Agent: Jordy Albert – The Booker Albert Agency
Editor: Tessa Woodward, Avon Books
Multi-published Author: Connie Brockway

Agent: Eric Ruben, Ruben Literary Agency
Editor: Melissa Johnson, Carina Press
Multi-published Author: Eloisa James

Young Adult Romance
Agent: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Editor: Leah Hultenschmidt, Sourcebooks
Multi-published author: Keri Mikulski

Romantic Suspense
Agent: Pamela Harty, The Knight Agency
Editor: Patience Smith Bloom, Harlequin
Multi-published author: Diana Cosby

Contest Timetable

Final rankings will be announced and prizes awarded at NJRW Conference (October 18-19, 2013). You need not be present to win.

Questions? Please contact Janet Pepsin or Lita Harris 2013 PYHIAB Contest Chair at

Please put PYHIAB Contest – Your Submission Category in the subject line of your email.



New Jersey Romance Writers Conference Registration is Open

***Permission to Forward Granted and Encouraged***
Registration Now Open!
2013 NJRW Conference – Dream Big – Write Now!
October 18-19, 2013
Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel Iselin, NJ
The Early Bird gets the worm….or in this case…the Early Bird Pricing.
Don’t delay – sign up today!
Early Bird Prices – (June 1st thru July 31st)
NJRW Member:  $200
Non-member:  $220
Follow the registration link at:
Prices go up August 1st – so get in early.
Diana Cosby: Keynote Speaker
Connie Brockway: Luncheon Speaker
Eloisa James: Special Presentation*
Margaret Mallory: 3-hour Pre-Conference Workshop ($35)
* For first 100 registrants (join in the workshop with Eloisa James and Connie Brockway presenting together!)
• Workshops for writers of all levels
• Editor/Agent Appointments
• Literacy Book Fair/Author Signings (a portion of proceeds will go to Literacy Volunteers of NJ)
• Opportunities for Networking
Agents/Editors scheduled so far…
Louise Fury, L. Perkins Agency
Anne Hawkins, John Hawkins & Associates
Lyndsay Hemphill, ICM Partners
Shira Hoffman, McIntosh & Otis
Stefanie Lieberman, Janklow & Nesbit Associates
Alexandra Machinist, Janklow & Nesbit Associates
Eric Ruben, The Ruben Agency
Katie Shea, Donald Maass Literary Agency
Cindy Hwang, Berkley Books
Kerri Buckley, Carina Press
Krishan Trotman, Ellora’s Cave
Megha Parekh, Grand Central Publishing
Karen Chaplin, Harper Collins
Esi Sogah, Kensington Publishing
Treva Harte, Loose ID
Rona Gofstein, Ravenous Romance
… and more to come
Spectacular lineup of workshop presenters:
Gina Ardito
Leanne Banks
Shea Berkley
Terri Brisbin
Kelsey Browning
Jaci Burton
Christine Bush
Karen Chaplin
Thea Devine
Morgan Doremus
Vicky Dreiling
Leigh Duncan
Melissa Foster
Tina Gabrielle
Deborah Gilbert
Adrienne Giordano
Shirley Hailstock
Anne Hawkins
Treva Harte
Gwen Hernandez
Elizabeth Hoyt
Madeline Hunter
Joyce Lamb
Joan Leacott
Virginia Kantra
Laura Kaye
Julie Kenner
Lou Kroeck
Sally MacKenzie
Tracy March
Susan Meier
Cathy Maxwell
Carla Neggers
Alysia Palacios
Jane Porter
Hope Ramsay
Eric Ruben
Phil Sexton
Shiloh Walker
Rebecca York
If you have questions, please contact: Nicole Doran, NJRW’s 2013 Conference Chair, at or, Penni DePaul, Assistant Chair, at
For registration questions, please contact: Net Robbens Registrar, at
We will be adding to the list of agents and editors, so please check our web site frequently for updates!