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RWA's Emerald Pro Contest

A chance for published RWA members to try their luck with an unpublished/uncontracted novel/novella. A great opportunity to get reader feedback!

Download the contest entry form/conditions below for more information. The initial round will judge the first 10,000 words – and then the top 15 entries will have their full manuscript judged by reader judges.

Judging is anonymous, and you can elect to keep your name a secret should you win a prize. So it’s a great way of getting anonymous feedback, with no risk!

Opening date:

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

Closing date:

Midnight Sydney time, 21 November 2016.


RWAust members only. Established members and Emerging members with works of fiction commercially available or contracted. The entry must be unpublished/uncontracted.


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: Esi Sogah, Senior Editor, Kensington Books

Entry specifications:

First 10,000 words (maximum) of your unpublished/uncontracted  10K+ romance or romantic elements manuscript.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  ~ $250 and an OWL of the winner's choosing

2nd ~ an OWL of the winner's choosing

3rd ~ an OWL of the winner's choosing

*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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