Lone Star Contest

Northwest Houston RWA© is proud to

Announce the 22nd Annual

Lone Star Writing Competition 2014

   

The contest is now closed. Congratulations to our Winners!

 

 

NEW for 2014 is the Romance Novella category which includes all sub-genres of romance, including erotic romance.

The Lone Star Writing Competition is one of the few contests where each first round entry is judged by two published authors plus one unpublished author.  Finalists’ entries will be judged by three industry professionals. (agents/editors/Epublishers)           

Entry fee: $25.

Deadline is at midnight CDT on June 8th.

Finalists will be announced August 18th.

Winners will be announced at the LONE STAR CONFERENCE, October 4, 2014 in Houston, TX.

2014 Lone Star Writing Competition: Final Judges

      Contemporary Series:     Erica Thompson, coordinator

Agent:

Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Editor:

 Piya Campana, Harlequin

Epublisher

Tara Gelsomino, Crimson Romance
      Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal:     Emmly Jane, coordinator

Editor

Junessa Viloria, Random House

Editor

Brenda Chin, ImaJinn Books

Epublisher

Chris Keeslar, Boroughs Publishing Group
      Historical / Regency:     Christiana Tegethoff, coordinator

Agent

Holly Lorincz,  MacGregor Literary Agency

Epublisher

Allison Byers, The Wild Rose Press

Epublisher

Debby Gilbert, Soul Mate Publishing
       Inspirational:                 Anna Katherine Lanier, coordinator

Agent

Kimberly Shumate, Living Word Literary Agency

Editor

Raela Schoenherr, Bethany House Publishers

Epublisher

Nicola Martinez, Pelican Book Group
     Romance Novella:         Ruth Kenjura, coordinator

Editor

Lauren Plude, Grand Central Publishing

Epublisher

Alycia Tornetta, Entangled

Epublisher

Cindy Davis, The Wild Rose Press
       Romantic Suspense:     Robin Sweet, coordinator

Agent

Jessica Alvarez, BookEnds, LLC

Editor

Alicia Condon, Brava (Kensington)

Epublisher

Char Chaffin, Soul Mate Publishing
       Single Title:                    Sarah Andre, coordinator

Agent

Pam van Hylckama Vlieg, Foreword Literary Agency

Editor -

Katherine Pelz, Berkley Publishing Group (Penguin Group)

Epublisher

Pat van Wie, BelleBooks
       Young Adult:                J.D. Faver, coordinator

Agent

Jenny Bent, The Bent Agency

Editor

Niki Flowers,  BelleBooks Inc.

Editor

Nataysha Wilson, Executive Editor, Harlequin TEEN

 

 If you have any questions or need any further information, please contact:

CONTEST COORDINATOR: 

Patti Macdonald  PattiAnnMacdonald@gmail.com

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Congratulations to the all the 2013 Lone Star Winners!

 

Inspirational Romance: Coordinator – Janet Nash

Agent – Kimberly Shumate, Living Word Literary Agency

Editor – Raela Schoenherr,  Bethany House Publishers

Epublisher – Nicola Martinez, Pelican Book Group

 

1st – HEART OF VALOR, by Natalie Monk, MS [2**]

2nd – ADRIFT NO MORE, by Nancy Kimball, TX [1*, 2**]

3rd – THE COWBOY IN THE MOONLIGHT, by Peggy Rychwa, NH [1**]

 

Young Adult Romance: Coordinator – Shauna Allen

Agent – Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency

Editor – Aubrey Poole, SourceBooks

Epublisher – Kat O’Shea, Leap Books

 

1st – A THING WITH FEATHERS, by McCall Hoyle, GA [1**]

2nd – A WOLF IN THE HALLWAY, by Erica George, NJ

3rd – FEAR OF FALLING, by Megan Just, CA

 

Romantic Suspense: Coordinator – Sarah Andre

Editor – Whitney Mae, Ellora’s Cave

Editor – Allison Caroll, Harlequin

Epublisher – Lori Graham, The Wild Rose Press

 

1st – UNTRUE BELIEFS, Veronica Forand, PA [1*]

2nd – GUARDING JULIA, by Babette de Jongh, AL [1*, 1**]

3rd – BLACK CAT BLUES, Jo-Ann Carson, British Colombia CAN [1*]

 

Single Title Romance: Coordinator – Ruth Kenjura

Agent – Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Epublisher – Chris Keeslar, Boroughs Publishing Group

Epublisher – Tara Gelsomino, Crimson Romance

 

1st – SECOND TIME AROUND, by Kathy Ramirez, Austin, TX [1**]

2nd – WALK THE LINE, by Pam Champagne, ME [1**]

3rd – THE LONG WEEKEND, by Claire Boston, Warnbro WA Australia [1**]

 

Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal: Coordinator – Robin Haseltine

Agent – Pam van Hyckama Vlieg, Foreword Literary, Inc.

Editor – Junessa Viloria, Random House

Epublisher – Debby Gilbert, Soul Mate Publishing

 

1st – MARCO’S CHRISTMAS REDEMPTION, by J. Keely Thrall, DC [1*, 1**]

2nd – VOODOO BUTTERFLY, Camille Faye, MO [1*, 1**]

3rd – DANGEROUS DREAMS, by Abbie Roads, OH [1*,1**]

 

Contemporary Series: Coordinator – Emmly Jane

Editor – Wanda Ottewell, Harlequin

Epublisher – Leanne Morgena, The Wild Rose Press

Epublisher – Tara Gelsomino, Crimson Romance

 

1st – SAVING SAM, by Kathleen Watson (Hodges), OH [3**]

2nd – SIGNS OF LOVE, by Lyndee Henderson, IL [1*, 1**]

3rd – CONFESSIONS OF A MAYBERRY STARLET, by Vanessa Moss, GA

 

Historical / Regency: Coordinator – Patti Macdonald

Agent – Jessica Alvarez, BookEnds, LLC

Editor – Katherine Pelz, Berkley Publishing Group (Penguin Group)

Epublisher – Allison Byers, The Wild Rose Press

 

1st – STIRRING UP THE VISCOUNT, by Marin McGinnis, OH [1*, 1**]

2nd – MERCY OF THE MOON, by Jennifer Taylor, FL [1**]

3rd – THE RING, by Sacha Devine w/a: Viktoria North, Quebec, CAN [1**]

 

Requests:

* – PARTIAL

** – FULL

 

Jaye Garland

2nd VP – Contest Chair

Northwest Houston Chapter RWA

 

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NWHRWA’s LONE STAR contest is regarded as one of the top contests in the industry, and has received numerous notes of praise. 2012 entrant’s thank you notes are below:

 

I am excited to let your chapter know that I signed with agent Sarah LaPolla of Curtis Brown, Ltd. I’m grateful for the feedback your contest judges provided last year which helped me fine-tune my manuscript for agents. I received two offers, both from excellent agents, but in the end chose Sarah because of her enthusiasm over my story. Thanks again for the encouragement your Lone Star contest provided. I’m so glad I can head to RWA Nationals this year on the way to becoming a published author.

Best wishes,

Stephanie Scott

 

I just wanted to say thank you again as I received my certificate today [FF&P finalist] and it’s gorgeous! This is truly lovely and I can’t wait to show my family. You’ve also been incredibly prompt! I also can’t wait to enter next year’s Lone Star contest (hopefully!) and can’t speak highly enough of your Chapter. Thank you for making this such an amazing experience! I’ll definitely be letting you guys know if I get published, and if it’s Halo, I’ll be putting a shout out to you and the NWH Chapter in the front!

Hugs back and all the very best,

C T Green