Lone Star 2014 Contest Rules


Presents the 22nd Annual


2014 Contest Rules


Congratulations to our 2014 Winners


Competition is open to published and unpublished.

Unpublished authors may enter in any category.

Published authors may enter in a genre in which they have never published, or in which they’ve not been contracted in the past five years.



Contemporary Series: Romance novels that focus primarily on the romantic relationship, are between 40,000–80,000 words in length, and are issued under a common category line/series name with publisher predetermined word counts and basic content guidelines. These books are often numbered sequentially and released at regular intervals.

Historical /Regency Romance: Romance novels set in any historical time period prior to WWII.

Fantasy, Future & Paranormal: Romance novels in which the future, a fantasy world, or paranormal elements are an integral part of the plot. May include time travel, vampires, ghosts & werewolves.

Inspirational Romance: Romance novels in which religious or spiritual beliefs (in the context of any religion or spiritual belief system) are a major part of the romantic relationship.

Romance Novella: Romance novellas that focus primarily on the romantic relationship and are between 20,000 – 40,000 words in length. Includes all romance sub genres and erotica novellas.

Romantic Suspense or Romantic Intrigue: Romance novels in which suspense, mystery, or thriller elements constitute an integral part of the plot.

Single Title: Romance novels that focus primarily on the romantic relationship, are released as individual titles, and set in the current time period. Includes Women’s Fiction and Chick Lit.                           

Young Adult Romance Category: Romance novels geared toward young adult readers.



In the preliminary round, three (3) qualified judges, at least two of whom have been published in novella or book length, will judge each entry.


The lowest of the three scores from first round judges will be dropped from the final tally. This means that although an entrant will receive three critiques, only the top two scores will be used to determine which three finalists go to the editor and agent judges. The top two scores will be added and then divided to achieve an average score. The entries with the top three average scores will move on to the final round. In the event of a tie, the third, dropped score will be consulted to determine the finalist.


Finalists will be sent back the scores and comments from the first round judges and given one week to make edits on manuscript before they are sent to the final round judges.


Editors and agents will judge final round entries. Each editor and agent will rank and score the finalists from first through third.


Winners will be announced during the October 4th Lone Star Conference in Houston, TX. First place winners in each category will receive a Winner’s Certificate. Achievement certificates will be awarded to all finalists. But as always, the real prize is the opportunity for your work to be viewed by our prestigious editor and agent judges.



  •  Submission must be e-mailed by midnight CDT June 8, 2014


Send manuscript to category coordinator at e-mail addresses listed on the Entry Form. Any received after midnight CDT of the deadline will be deleted unopened.


  •  Please pay by Paypal. Entry fee is $25.00.
  •  Please put the category you are entering in the comment box of Paypal.


ENTRY GUIDELINES – All Electronic:

  •   Send copy of the first twenty-five (25) double-spaced pages including prologue if applicable.
  •   Save manuscript in rich text format. Only .rtf entries will be accepted and opened.
  •   Double-spaced, one inch margins. Do not justify right margin.
  •   Header of each manuscript page must contain the title, estimated total word count of manuscript when completed, and page number.                            Example:  My Wonderful Novel/65,000 words/1
  •   The entrant’s name must not appear anywhere within the entry.
  •   12-point font—Times New Roman or equivalent up to 250 words per typical page.
  •   25 lines per page.
  •   Begin chapters a third of the way down the page (approximately 6-8 lines).

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


Patti Macdonald  PattiAnnMacdonald@gmail.com


wishes you Good Luck and Happy Writing!