Eligibility: Participation is open to all unpublished authors of novel-length romance fiction. All work must be the author’s original work, and cannot be contracted for publication prior to the entry deadline. Each manuscript must have finaled, but not won in a previous RWA or RWA chapter-sponsored contest. (Manuscripts which placed in the Top Quarter of the Golden Heart are also eligible.)
Entry Deadline: All entries must arrive by August 15, 2005. Any entries arriving after this date will be returned unopened.
Entry Fees: Entry fee is $30.00 for all RWA members, and $35 for all non-RWA members. Please make checks payable to OK-RWA. This fee includes your postage. Do NOT include postage with your return envelope.
¯ Author’s name and TITLE may not appear anywhere on the manuscript or the entry will be disqualified!
¯ A Cover Page consisting of title, category, author’s name, address, telephone number, e-mail and the first sentence of the manuscript
¯ Entry must be presented in proper standard manuscript format (double-spaced and approximately one-inch margins size 12 font) and printed on one side of paper only.
¯ Header on manuscript pages should contain the category and FIRST LINE of the manuscript in the upper left corner and the page number in the upper right.
¯ Photocopies and printouts must be legible and of good quality.
¯ Entry must be bound by a binder clip. Please do not use paper clips, staples or rubber bands and do not bend or fold pages.
¯ Entrants should write the category they are entering in the lower left corner of their envelope.
¯ Four (4) copies of the beginning of your manuscript. NOTE: The maximum total length of entry may NOT exceed 30 pages.
FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH ANY OF THE ABOVE RULES MAY DISQUALIFY THE ENTRY AND THE ENTRY FEE MAY NOT BE REFUNDED.