Contest Congratulations!

Celebrate!Big congratulations going out to not one but two Between the Lines Critiques clients for their great showings in the On The Far Side writing contest sponsored by the RWA Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Chapter (FF&P)!

Jennifer Parkinson received an Honorable Mention in the Dark/Light/General Paranormal category for A Surefire Way.

Isis Rushdan received second place in the Dark/Urban/General Fantasy category for Paradox

I didn’t critique Paradox, but I did get to work on another of Isis’s great stories, Kindred of the Fallen, and it’s doing great on the contest circuit, too!

Congratulations to both of these great writers!  Many wishes for continued success with your work!



Golden Heart Finalist!

Celebrate!Romance Writers of America® announced the 2010 finalists today in both the Golden Heart (unpublished) and Rita (published) contests.

I’m very pleased to send big congratulations out to Between the Lines Critiques client Sugenia Robin Weaver.  Her manuscript, Ancient Skills, is a finalist in the Paranormal Romance category of the Golden Heart!  This is a huge accomplishment. 

Congratulations to all the finalists in both contests!

Good luck!

7th Annual JGGFA Contest

It’s my great pleasure to announce this year’s JGGFA contest.  Please spread the word!

The 7th Annual Jeannie Gray Golden Friendship Award

What is this award?

It is the intention of the members of the GH99er loop that this award ~

$100 and a beautiful certificate

~ be used by an unpublished writer who has entered the current
Golden Heart® Contest, sponsored by Romance Writers of America,
to offset the costs of entry into that contest. 
However, this award is in no way affiliated with RWA or any of its contests.  

One recipient for the 2010 Jeannie Gray Golden Friendship Award will be chosen by the members of the GH99er loop based on the essays submitted.
Essay topics vary every year.

 Note: Entrants must have entered the 2010 Golden Heart® contest and provide proof of entry to the JGGFA coordinator in order to be eligible for this award.

 How do I enter?

To be considered for this year’s award please submit a 250-300 word essay on the following topic along with proof of entry in the Golden Heart® 2010 Contest:

What novel inspired you to become a writer and why?

Opening date for submission of essay: Monday, January 25th, 2010.
Deadline for submission of essay: Midnight EST, February 20th, 2010.

Submit your essay in the body of an email.
Proof of entry into the GH may be sent in a separate email. 
Send entry to:
Emails with attachments will be deleted without opening.
Confirmation of receipt will be by return email.

The 2010 award recipient will be notified by email on or before February 28th, 2009. A mailing address must be provided to the award coordinator at that time in order to receive the award. In applying for this award you agree that all decisions made by the members of the Jeannie Gray Golden Friendship Award group are final.

For more information please visit: or contact the contest coordinator at


If you’ve entered the Golden Heart this year, why not take a few minutes and enter this contest that honors my friend Jeannie Gray?  On average there are a dozen or so entries in the JGGFA contest.  Your odds of wining are really good!


Craft Challenge #4 Wrap Up

CB063448I’m woefully behind, so my apologies for not announcing the winner of CC#4, Story Round Robin, yesterday as advertised.

Since Lillie Robinson was the only one to suggest a title for our round robin story she is the automatic winner of the prize: a download of Sapphire Phelan’s book Being Familiar with a Witch

I want to thank everyone that participated and give a big shout out to my guest blogger, Sapphire Phelan,  for coming up with the story idea AND donating the prize.  We didn’t get the story finished but it’s up on the blog so if anyone wants to continue the tale, please have at it!

Stay tuned for the next Craft Challenge coming next week!


Golden Heart Contest?

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.


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