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Chocolate Rose Contest

2017 Chocolate Rose Contest


Does the opening of your manuscript hook a reader?  No?  Don't know?  Fortunately, the Chocolate Rose contest is now open!  Five published authors will judge your opening and offer feedback to make that first page sizzle!



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Opening Date: February 18, 2017

Eligibility: Only MORWA members unpublished/not-contracted in romantic fiction are eligible.

Entry: Enter the first 25 lines of a manuscript that either has never been entered in the Chocolate Rose or, if previously submitted, has been substantially changed. No previous winning entries may be submitted again. Only two entries per person are allowed.

Formatting: Entries may include a maximum of the first 25 lines of text, double-spaced in a 12-pt font. It is recommended entrants NOT end their entries in the middle of a sentence. Entries should include a header with the entries general category (i.e. historical, contemporary, etc.) and the working title ("Unttitled" is acceptable). Author's name may not be anywhere on the entry.

Submission: All entries must be submitted through the MORWA website and be uploaded as .rtf, .doc, or .docx file type. One entry per form. You will be asked to upload your file when you fill out the form, so have it ready.

Payment: Cost is $5 per entry. Payment may be made in cash or check at a meeting, by PayPal through the link during entry submission, or by check mailed to:


MORWA Chocolate Rose Contest

c/o Nicole Evelina

PO Box 2021

Maryland Heights, MO  63043

Deadline: Saturday, March 18, 2017 (the date of the March MORWA meeting), 11:00 a.m. All entries are time stamped when received and will the be determination of entry time. You should receive an auto-confirmation of your entry; if you do not, resubmit.

Judging: All entries will be pooled for the purpose of the awards. Individual category awards are not given. The genre category is placed in the manuscript header for the judges' edification only. Entries will be evaluated by five judges from our pool of published MORWA authors and the 2016 first place winner, if available. By entering the contest, entrants agree to have their submission read by all judges.

Prizes: First, second, and third place winners will be announced at the April meeting. Prizes will include chocolate and/or certificates, at the contest coordinator's determination. By entering the contest, entrants agree to a winning entry being read aloud at the April meeting and the entry being published in the May edition of the Rumpled Sheets.

Returned Submissions: All efforts will be made to return entries at the April meeting when winners are announced, or within five days thereafter.

Questions? Email Sharon Buffington using the Email the Contest Coordinator link on the left side of this page.


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