The 2012 Romance through the Ages Published Author Contest, sponsored by RWA chapter #189, Hearts through History Romance Writers, was conceived to award excellence in published, especially historical, romance fiction. The contest is judged by avid readers of romance. The winners of each category are awarded a trophy engraved with the author’s name and the book’s title. Winners will also be included in a full-page RWR advertisement.
Eligibility: Entries must be received by May 15, 2012. Novels and novellas must have a copyright of first printing date of 2011, no matter the format. Entries may be entered in electronic format (PDF, Kindle, or epub).
____$20 for Hearts through History Romance Writers members (RWA members may join HHRW by enclosing $45. This includes $25 for annual dues, plus a reduced member entry fee of $20.)
____ $15 for each additional entry for Hearts through History Romance Writers
____ $25 for other RWA members
____ $20 for each additional entry for other RWA members
____ $30 for non-RWA members
____ $25 for each additional entry from non-RWA members
Author must provide four copies of the entered book, which will not be returned.
Winners will be announced during Hearts through History’s Annual General Meeting during RWA’s National Conference in July 2012. If a category does not receive at least 5 entries, the category will be canceled, and the author will have the option to choose another category, if the author chooses to withdraw the books and entry fees will be returned.
Categories for entry:
Due to Hearts through History being entirely about history, the historical romances have several defined categories.
Post Victorian/WWII/up to 1960
Time Travel/Historical Paranormal
Historical Novella (less than 40,000 Words)
Best First Historical Book
All other categories:
Paranormal/Fantasy/ Futuristic/Time Travel
Novella (less than 40,000 Words)
Best First Book
Judging: All entries are judged by avid readers of romance. There are four judges. The lowest score will be dropped to determine the final score. Ties are broken using the dropped low score. After the dropped low score is used, if there is still a tie for first place, authors will be asked to send two additional print copies of the book to break the tie. Failure of the author to supply these copies in a timely manner will result in forfeiture of the win.
Books are given to the judges as a “thank you” for judging. If sending a print book, it is suggested that the author send a signed copy. They are not returned. Scores and finalist placement are not revealed. Score sheets are not returned. The decision of the judges is final.
PLEASE NOTE: We would prefer this entry form sent electronically, when possible, although an address is provided below for any entry forms sent via USPS. The address for books will be sent later in an “Entry Confirmation” email.
Make checks payable to HHRW or Hearts through History Romance Writers, or send entry fee by PayPal.
When sending by PayPal,
send funds to Treasurer@heartsthroughhistory.com
Please type the category of your entry in the comment section of PayPal.
Winners will be announced at Hearts through History Romance Writers annual
general meeting held during Romance Writers of America’s National conference. July 26th, 2012.
Send electronic entry forms (preferred method) and electronic books to:
Denise Pattison firstname.lastname@example.org
Send paper entry forms, print books, and checks to:
PO Box 3151
Quinlan, TX 75474
If using anything other than the USPS
8080 PR 2544
Quinlan, TX 75474
The post office does not deliver to the physical address.