Archive | July 2013

Open Critique Session – Bring Everything but the Kitchen Sink

Whether you’re plotting a storyline and don’t know if it works, wondering if your opening scene has enough sizzle, stuck in the middle, or just want feedback on your manuscript, this is the meeting for you. The August session is a “bring everything but the kitchen sink” kind of share, where you’ll share aloud with fellow members in a warm, collaborative environment and receive constructive criticism (and praise) for your work.

Needed: Brave sharers, open-minded critique members, and manuscripts, synopsis, or query letters that have some plumbing problems.

Participants are invited to stay with their laptops for a hands-on afternoon session to revise their work.

Date: August 17th


Put Your Heart in a Book Contest Extended

heartIf you think you missed the deadline to submit your entry to the New Jersey Romance Writers Put Your Heart in a Book Contest — you didn’t. The contest has been extended to 11:59 p.m. (EST) July 5, 2013

Official Information

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Eligibility: Unpublished or not Published in last five years.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.