Lone Star Contest

The contest is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered. Winners will be announced at NWHRWA’s October 2015 Lone Star Conference.


The 23rd Annual Lone Star Writing Competition

Sponsor: Northwest Houston Romance Writers of America
Fee: $25
Deadline: June 7, 2015
Enter: First 5000 words. Electronic entries, only.
Eligibility: Open to both unpublished and published authors. Unpublished may enter any category. Published may enter any category in which they’re not published, or in which they’ve not been contracted for five years. Open to RWA and non-RWA members.

Categories: Contemporary Series, Fantasy-Futuristic-Paranormal, Historical-Regency, Inspirational Romance, Romance Novella, Romantic Suspense, Single Title, Young Adult/New Adult.

For more information, contact the contest coordinator, Ruth Kenjura.

Categories and Judges

Junessa Viloria, Editor, Random House
Victoria Lowes, Agent, The Bent Agency
Terri Schaefer, Editor, Liquid Publishing

Fantasy, Furturistic & Paranormal
Chris Keeslar, Editor, Boroughs Publishing Group
Holly Lorincz, Agent, MacGregor Literary Agency
Tara Gelsomino, Execuitive Editor, Crimson Romance

Alycia Tornetta, Associate Editor, Entangled
Allison Byers, Editor, The Wild Rose Press
Laura Bradford, Agent, The Bradford Literary Agency

Kimberly Shumate, Agent, Living Word Literary Agency
Raela Schoenherr, Acquisitions Editor, Bethany House Publishers

Romance Novella
Brenda Chin, Editorial Director, ImaJinn Books
Char Chaffin, Editor, Soul Mate Publishing

Romantic Suspense
Cindy Davis, Editor, The Wild Rose Press
Jull Marsal, Agent, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Lauren Plude, Associate Editor, Grand Central Publishing

Single Title
Katherine Pelz, Editor, Berkley Publishing Group (Peguin Group)
Debby Gilbert, Editor, Soul Mate Publishing
Jessica Alvarez, Agent, BookEnds, LLc

New Adult/Young Adult
Pam Van Hylckama Vlieg, Agent, Forword Literary Agency
Piya Campana, Assistant Editor, Harlequin SuperRomance
Janet Clementz, Editor, Soulmate Publishing