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Contest

HeRA's Annual Contest is open to published and unpublished authors alike. It is held in the fall of every year, just in time for entrants to receive scores and polish entries for the Golden Heart. All submissions are electronic only.

 

Each entry is judged by three first-round judges. Our first round judges are trained within the chapter based on previously-published RWA documentation, and are experienced authors. Our published authors and our free-lance editors also contribute to the first-round judging.

 

Final round judges are always professionals within the industry, ie: literary agents and / or acquiring editors.

 

2014 Contest Information | 2013 Contest Results | Previous Contest Results | Comments from Entrants

 

 

2014 Show Me the Spark! Contest 1st Round Judging Results

The 1st Round Judging has been completed, with the following standings.
FINAL RESULTS will be posted November 1, 2012

 

Finalists must have achieved a minimum point accumulation of 85% to continue on to 2nd Round juding for final placement determination.

 

Congratulations to all our finalists!

 

 

Contemporary:
    *THE DREAM Jen Doyle
    *ANIMAL INSTINCTS Lauren James
    *PARISIAN ESCAPE Gabriela Lessa
    *THE CUPCAKE DEAL Julie Kline
    *BLANK CANVAS Adriana Anders
 
Erotic Romance:
    No finalists advanced  
     
Historical:
    *HOW TO TRAIN YOUR KNIGHT Susan Hammond
    *THE UNLIKELY EARL Kate Rothwell
     
Inspirational:
    *THE INKEEPER'S PROMISE Cara Lynn James
    *MY LADY IVY Margaret Wall
    *WINDOWS OF THE HEART Cindy Regnier
     
Paranormal / Fantasy / Sci-Fi:
    *SATED Jennifer Hover
    *GAME SHIFT Zoe Forward
    *HELL TO PAY Jillian David
     
Romantic Suspense:
    *ABDUCTED Samantha Keith
     
Young Adult / New Adult:
    *CONFESSIONS OF A QUEEN B Ava Douchette
    *MONSTER WITHOUT G.A. Edwards
       
       
 
     
Thank you to our Final Round Judges:
  Contemporary: Laura Bradford, Agent, Bradford Literary Agency
  Erotic Romance: Julie Naughton, Editor, Ellora's Cave
  Historical: Julie Mianecki, Editor, Berkley
  Inspirational: Raela Schoenherr, Editor, Bethany House
  Paranormal / Fantasy / Sci-Fi: Shannon Barr, Editor, Harlequin
  Romantic Suspense: Dana Hamilton, Editor, Harlequin
  Young Adult: Nicole Resciniti, Agent, Seymour Agency
 

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