The 2020 Melody of Love contest has been postponed.
First Place: Mine Would Be You by Karen Kiely
Second Place: Something to Talk About by Despina Karras*
Third Place: Forever Gone by Jo Segur
Final Round Judges Ann Rose, Agent, Prospect Agency
Cate Hart, Harvey Klinger Literary Agency
First Place: Bear Necessities by Victoria Luce
Second Place: The Sidekick and the Supervillain by Lili Draguer
Third Place: Under Your Skin by Kat Turner
Final Round Judges Lexi Smail, Associate Editor, Hatchette Book Group, Forever Yours)
Marlo Berliner, Agent, The Jennifer De Chiara Agency
First Place: A Dangerous Affinity by Emily Sullivan*
Second Place: How to Steal a Kilt by Gina Conkle
Third Place: Imprudent Love by Diane Maciejewski*
Final Round Judges Sarah Blumenstock, Assistant Editor, Penguin Random House
Katelyn Uplinger, Agent, D4EO Literary Agency
First Place: The Other Brother by Jackie Rutherford**
Second Place: As Much As I Ever Could by Brandy Woods Snow**
Third Place: Taz by Charisse M Sprague**
Final Round Judges Annette Pollert-Morgan, Editorial Director, Bloomsbury
Elizabeth Poteet, Agent, The Seymour Agency
MANUSCRIPT WITH STRONG ROMANTIC ELEMENTS
First Place: The One That Got Away by Marie Christopher
Second Place: Chasing Sharks by Angie Hockman
Third Place: Stand-Up Guy by Miranda Darrow
Final Round Judges Norma Perez-Hernandez, Editor, Kensington
Janna Bonikowski, Agent, The Knight Agency
WINNER OF DRAWING FOR 50 PAGE CRITIQUE
*Request for full/partial from final round judge
**Consultation offered by final round judge
Thank you to our outstanding final round judges, and special thanks to Cate Hart for donating the 50 page critique prize. Congratulations to winners and finalists!
1. The Melody of Love contest is limited to the first 80 Entries.
2. The contest opens January 1 and closes February 28 at midnight Central Standard Time. Entries received after this time cannot be accepted.
3. Entry fees:
4. Fees may be paid through PayPal. For other payment options, please contact the contest coordinator. 5. Manuscript entries are set to a maximum of 25 pages. All entries are electronic. 6. Heat level and sub-genre can be specified on entry form, though it is optional.
Note: If co-written with an RWA Member who is not a member of MCRW, the higher rate applies. All fees are non-refundable.
Fine print: Entries received that are found to have been published prior to or during the contest period by any means will be disqualified. No entry may be withdrawn after being submitted to the contest with two exceptions (see below). Entry fees from disqualified entrants will not be refunded. Entrants who finaled in our contest previously may enter again, but don’t re-enter the finaling manuscript. For the purpose of this contest, published is defined as available for sale by any means or as a free download via retail sites such as Smashwords and Amazon. Any entries over the contest limit of 80, or those received after the due date, will be returned along with the entry fees.
Exceptions: Entry fees will be refunded to entrants in any category that does not receive the minimum number of entries unless they request placement in another category. Entry fees can be refunded if a manuscript receives an offer of publication during the contest upon proof of said offer.
The MOL contest is open to any writer meeting the following criteria:
Note: Any category that does not receive a minimum of five entries will be canceled. The manuscript will be placed in the writer’s second choice category.
Contemporary Romance (50,000 words and up)
Manuscripts that are set from 1950 to present and focus on the romantic relationship. Category, single title, inspirational, and romantic suspense.
Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance including Women's Fiction with a Central Romance (75,000 words and up)
Mainstream Fiction or Women's Fiction in which themes or elements other than the romance are integral to the story even though a central love story and an emotionally satisfying and optimistic resolution to the romance are still present. This category is intended for romances that do not fit neatly into any other category due to their mainstream/women's fiction nature but where the central romance could not be removed without damaging the storyline.
Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance (65,000 words and up)
Manuscripts in which fantasy worlds or paranormal or science fiction elements are an integral part of the plot. Any time period.
Historical Romance (65,000 words and up)
Manuscripts that are set prior to 1950. This category cannot include any elements of the paranormal category, including time travel.
Young Adult Romance (50,000 words and up)
Manuscripts in which the young adult protagonist is typically between 14-18 years old and young adult life is an integral part of the plot. May include elements of other sub-genres (such as paranormal or romantic suspense) and any time period.
Please submit as follows:
Questions? Contact Contest Coordinators Jody Wallace and Dana Brantley-Sieders at email@example.com
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