NJRW Put Your Heart In A Book Contest – 17 DAYS LEFT

Image The New Jersey Romance Writers is celebrating 30 Years of Happily Ever Afters. This means thirty years of helping new and unpublished writers hone their craft, polish their manuscripts, and offer a supportive network of authors, writers, and friends. One of the aspects of the NJRW’s endless resources for writers is the Put Your Heart In A Book Contest. Whether it be through winning, receiving that needed feedback, or a sense of discovery, several Happily Ever Afters have resulted from the contest. Who knows? You might find your own on this very special 30th Anniversary of the New Jersey Romance Writers by entering the Put Your Heart In A Book Contest.


Information for the Put Your Heart In A Book Contest:

Entry Deadline: Entry period is from June 1, 2014 until July 1, 2014. Entries must be sent electronically and received by 12:01 a.m., July 1, 2014.

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

Eligibility: Unpublished or not Published in last five years.


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.

Contemporary Series
Agent: Kathleen Rushall, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Editor: Cat Clyne, Sourcebooks
Multi-published Author: Jennifer Probst

Single-Title Contemporary
Agent: Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger, Inc.
Editor: Angela James, Carina Press
Multi-published Author: Roxanne St. Claire

Agent: Sara Megibow, Nelson Literary Agency
Editor: Renee Rocco, Lyrical Press/Kensington Publishing
Multi-published Author: Terri Brisbin

Agent: Michelle Grajkowski, Three Seas Literary Agency
Editor: Mary Altman, Sourcebooks
Multi-published Author: Jeffe Kennedy

Young Adult Romance
Agent: Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency
Editor: Eileen Rothschild, St. Martin’s Press
Multi-published author: Susan Mallery

Romantic Suspense
Agent: Courtney Miller-Callihan, Greenburger Associates
Editor: Patience Smith Bloom, Harlequin
Multi-published author: Stella Cameron

Contest Timetable

Final rankings will be announced and prizes awarded at NJRW Conference (October 17-18, 2014). You need not be present to win.

Questions? Please contact Katherine Givens, 2014 PYHIAB Contest Chair at pyhiab@njromancewriters.org.

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

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