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RWA's Emerald Award

This award is the only one of its kind in Australia, designed to mirror the submission process. Initially, you enter 10,000 words to be judged by romance readers. If your entry makes it to the second round, you will be asked to submit the full novel. Three finalists will go to the final judge for placings.

Opening date:

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

Closing date:

Midnight Sydney time, 21 November 2016.


RWAust members only. Aspiring and Emerging membership categories only are eligible. Entrants must not have any works of fiction (10K+) commercially available. Novel or novella manuscript (10K+) for which synopsis is written must not be commercially available/contracted.


Entry fee:

RWAust members: AU$40.00 for each entry (Aust – GST incl.)

                               AU$36.36 (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 in two rounds, by reader judges.

Final judge: Rebecca Saunders, Fiction Publisher, Hachette Australia

Entry specifications:

First 10,000 words (maximum) of your unpublished 10K+ romance or romantic elements manuscript. Use exact computer word count.
2nd and final rounds will require the full manuscript.

No. of entries:

Maximum of TWO entries per person


1st  ~ $500

2nd ~ $250

3rd ~ $150

*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: Marnie St. Clair


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