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HeRA's Annual Contest is open to published and unpublished authors alike.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



2013 Show Me the Spark! Contest Final Results

The 2013 Show Me the Spark! contest has been completed, with the following standings.


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 and winners!



1st Place: ** THE FIRST WORD Joanne Southwell
  2nd Place: ** FALL INTO TEMPTATION Ana Guzman
  3rd Place: UNFORGETTABLE Carrie Christie
  4th Place: ROPING THE COWBOY Bree Roberts
  ** Entry received a Full Request from the Final Round Judge
Erotic Romance :
  1st Place: ** RULES FOR BURNING Chloe Carson
  ** Entry received a Full Request from the Final Round Judge
1st Place: ** KATIA Sacha Devin
  2nd Place: MISS STEWART'S SEDUCTION Catherine Lawrence
  ** Entry received a Full Request from the Final Round Judge
No Finalists Advanced
Paranormal / Fantasy / Sci-Fi : (Tied First-Round Entries)
1st Place: WORDS THAT BIND Ash Krafton
2nd Place: QUEEN OF HEARTS Harris Fischer
3rd Place: BLOOD, PAIN, AND PLEASURE Nadine Mutas
4th Place: DARKNESS EMBRACED Trish Fiore
Romantic Suspense :
Category Cancelled
Young Adult / New Adult :
  2nd Place: * BODY TO BODY Karen McKenzie
  3rd Place: * SILK Louise Cusack
  4th Place (Tie): * BECOMING Karen Y. Bynum
  4th Place (Tie): ** THE AMULET OF ISIS S. D. Keeling
  ** Entry received a Full Request from the Final Round Judge
* Entry received a Partial Request from the Final Round Judge
Thank you to our Final Round Judges:
  Contemporary: Laura Bradford, Agent, Bradford Literary Agency
  Erotic Romance: Leis Pederson, Editor, Berkley
  Historical: Julie Mianecki, Editor, Berkley
  Inspirational: Raela Schoenherr, Editor, Bethany House
  Paranormal / Fantasy / Sci-Fi: Dana Hamilton, Editor, Harlequin
  Romantic Suspense: Category Cancelled
  Young Adult / New Adult: Nicole Resciniti,, Agent, Seymour Agency

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