Friday 1 August 2014

First Coast Romance Writers 2014 Unpublished Beacon contest - Deadline 31 st August 2014

First Coast Romance Writers 2014 Unpublished Beacon contest:
All entries will be judged by two trained judges. At least one of them will be a published author.
Each finalist will be judged by some of the top editors and agents in the romance industry.
Finalists will have an opportunity to revise the contest entry based on judges’ comments before the final round.
Each entrant will receive their overall ranking compared to other entrants in their category.
Our 2013_Beacon_Unpublished_Scoresheet is designed to provide detailed critique and feedback

Judges: First round will be judged by at least one published author and one trained judge. In the case of a discrepancy that is 20 points or great, a third judge will be brought and the lowest score will be dropped. The final round will be judged by at least one acquiring editor and agent in each category except for Erotic Romance. Erotic Romance final round entries will be judged by two acquiring editors.
Final round judges are subject to change when unavoidable.

Eligibility: Open to all authors of romantic fiction. Published authors are eligible to enter any category in which they have not been contracted and/or published in book length fiction (40,000 words and over) in the last 3 years. (Self-published authors are considered published.) RWA membership is not required for entry. Contest is limited to the first 125 entries.


Download and complete Entry_Form_2013 .
Use Paypal or mail check (with Entry_Form_2013)
Email registration form and entry pages as RTF documents to

Fee: $25 FCRW members, $30 RWA member (not FCRW), $35 non-RWA memberRegistration runs August 1-31, 2014 or until a maximum of 125 entries received.

Entrants may pay by PayPal or check but registration is not complete until payment has been processed.


Entry: First 25 pages of the manuscript. The entrant may also include an optional 5 page synopsis for a maximum of 30 pages. (Synopsis will not be judged.)

The Unpublished Beacon accepts electronic entries only.

FCRW recognizes an author as being published the same way as RWA National does. Unpublished writers are those“… who have not accepted a publishing offer for a work of original fictional narrative prose of 40,000 words or more…” by August 31, 2014.


Contemporary Series – Focuses primarily on the romantic relationship, released as part of a series, set after 1945

Contemporary Single Title (over 70k words) – Focuses primarily on the romantic relationship, released as a single title, set after 1945

Erotic Romance – The sexual relationship is an integral part of the plot, but may also contain elements of other subgenres

Historical/Regency – Focuses primarily on the romantic relationship, set in any time period prior to 1945

Inspirational – Spiritual beliefs (in context of any belief system) are a major part of the romantic relationship

Paranormal Romance – Future, fantasy world, or paranormal happenings are an integral part of the plot

Romantic Elements–Contains a strong romantic element, such that one or more romances contained in the story form an integral part of the story’s structure, but in which other themes or stories may also be significantly developed.

Romantic Suspense – Suspense, mystery, or thriller elements constitute an integral part of the plot

Young Adult Romance – Strong romantic theme geared toward young adult readers

Questions? For more information please contact the Unpublished Beacon Chair at

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