If you have entered the 2009 Golden Heart Contest sponsored by Romance Writers of America you know how many $$ you had to shell out. There are a group of us who finaled in the GH in 1999 who sponsor The Jeannie Gray Golden Friendship Award to help defray the cost of entry.
The cool thing is that the contest for this award is completely free. FREE! And the prize is $100 to help defray the contest expenses plus a beautiful certificate — oh, and the prayers and wishes of a very powerful circle of women, cheering your manuscript on in the contest. All you have to do to enter is write a short essay (250-300 words) and email it to the contest coordinator. Deadline for submission of the essay is Midnight EST, February 1st, 2009.
Again, this is FREE.
Interested? Of course you are. Check out all the Jeannie Gray Golden Friendship Award details, including the essay topic, here.
Don’t know what the Golden Heart Contest is?
Okay, if you belong to Romance Writers of America you know what the Golden Heart Contest is, but just in case you’ve read this far hoping for some explanation here’s the quickie description. The GH, as it’s frequently called, is the premier contest in the Romance community for unpublished authors. Preliminary rounds are peer or published author judged. Finalists are judged by acquiring editors. Yes, you read that right. Acquiring editors!
I personally know at least two people who sold their first books because they finaled in this contest and their manuscripts ended up on the desk of an editor who loved them. Don’t believe me? Barbara Dunlop and Pamela Palmer. I’m sure I know more, but the brain doesn’t hold information the way it used to. I myself finaled in the GH in 1999, and again in 2000, though the first book I sold was not the finaling manuscript. Go figure.