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RWA's Selling Synopsis Contest

Writing a synopsis is one of the most important skills to master if you want to get an editor or agent interested enough to request your full manuscript. First impressions count - and impressing an editor or agent depends on it.

Opening date:

10 October 2016. Emailed entries only, entry form is online.

Closing date:

Midnight Sydney time, 31 October 2016.


RWAust members only. All membership categories are eligible (Aspiring, Emerging and Established). Novel or novella manuscript (10K+) for which synopsis is written must not be commercially available/contracted.


Entry fee:

RWAust members: AU$30 for each entry (Aust – GST incl.)

                             AU$27.27 (overseas entries – GST exempt)

 *Once you have registered and paid, you will receive an email of how and where to submit your entry.


Preliminary judging is by writers. The six highest scoring entries will proceed to the final.

Final judge: Joanne Grant, Senior Executive Editor, Harlequin UK

Entry specifications:

Novellas/short novels (10K–65K): 2 pages single spaced (max)

Long novels (65K+): 3 pages single spaced (max)

Please check formatting guidelines below.

No. of entries:

Maximum of TWO entries per person


1st  ~ $200

2nd ~ $100

3rd ~ $75

*Please ensure you click through and read the following, as by entering this contest you accept these terms and conditions.

Terms and Conditions

Sample Score Sheet

Formatting Sample

*There is a 30c registration fee from Trybooking on checkout.

RWA Contests
PO Box H120
Hurlstone Park, NSW 2193

Contact Details:

Contact: Pauline Johnston


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