Sunday, February 10, 2013

Contest Announcement

Hey all! a.c. Mason, one of the fabulous authors on my roster, and her RWA group, The Cultural, Interracial and Multicultural Chapter is hosting a writing contest. A wonderful chance to get your writing seen by publishing's professionals and receive feedback on your work. They have a great lineup of judges, and I'm honored she asked me to judge this year.
Thanks, Mason and CIMRWA!

The First Annual Abalone Awards
for Published and Unpublished Writers
The Cultural, Interracial, and Multicultural Special Interest Chapter of RWA is pleased to announce we are extending our submission deadline for the first annual Abalone Awards. The purpose of The Abalone Awards contest is to professionally uplift and support writers and recognize outstanding unpublished and published works of Ethno-Cultural Romance.
The submission deadline has been extended to February 17, 2013 at midnight PST.
Entry Fee(s): CIMRWA members – $15.00, RWA members – $20.00, All others – $25.00.
The Abalone Awards for Unpublished Writers (AAUW) Judges
Contemporary Single Title ***Shannon Criss,  Assistant Editor, Harlequin Kimani
Contemporary Series ***Brenda Chin, Senior Editor, Harlequin Blaze
Erotic Romance ***Mercedes Fernandez, Assistant Editor, Kensington Publishing Corporation
Romance Novella ***Whitney Mae, Associate Editor, Ellora's Cave
Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Romance  ***Christa Desir, Editor, Samhain Publishing
Historical Romance  ***Mary Murray, Content and Managing Line Editor, Lyrical Press 
Romantic Suspense ***Kate Studer, Editorial Assistant, Harlequin MIRA
Inspirational Romance  ***Tracy Sherrod, Senior Editor, Harlequin Kimani Romance
Young Adult Romance ***Selena James, Executive Editor, Dafina Books at Kensington

Thank you,
a.c. Mason
CIM Special Interest Chapter of RWA
Weaving tales of love that dissolve barriers

Ethno-Cultural Romance: stories that focus primarily on the romantic relationship and revolves around Cultural, Interracial, or Multicultural aspects of the character(s), location(s) or theme(s).

Cultural: of a particular social, ethnic, religious group; character(s), location or theme(s) of a SINGLE CULTURAL
group (such as Native American, African American, Israeli, Hispanic, Iraqi, Irish… and other cultural groups)

Interracial: conducted, involving, or existing between different races. (MORE THAN ONE racial group.)  Which includes interracial (character(s)) of multiple ethnic, cultural or religions heritage/ancestry

Multicultural: of MORE THAN ONE culture relating to, consisting of, or participating in the cultures of
different countries, ethnic groups, or religions.