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Questions

Q1. Do I have to submit my electronically published entry on a diskette?

Q2.  Can I enter my novella? 

Q3.  What stipulations are there if I want to submit a non-U.S. novel?

Q4.  Where do I locate the coordinator's address to mail my entry? Can I mail my entry early?

Q5.  If my book goes on sale late in the year, but carries a copyright for the following year, how do I determine if my entry will qualify for the current year contest?

Q6.  How do I decide what category to enter my short contemporary that's not a series?

Q7.  Are e-books eligible for this contest?

Q8. What if my entry is considered single-title by my publisher, but is listed at a bookseller as a series?  Should I enter it as a single-title or a long contemporary series romance?

Q9.  Can I submit an entry that is published by a non-RWA-recognized publisher?

Q10.  If I live in a foreign country, how can I arrange for the entry fee given the fluctuation of the exchange rate?

Q11. This is my first book.  Is it necessary to submit an entry form for both the category I am entering AND a form for the Best First Book Category?  How does the fee work for Best First Book?

Answers

Q. Do I have to submit my electronically published entry on a diskette?

A.  No, you do not have to submit your entry on a disk. The only stipulations are:

1.) The book must be presented in a bound format, either perfect or spiral binder.  No 3-ring binders please. 

2.) And you must provide evidence of the copyright year designated for the contest.

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Q.  Can I enter my novella? 

A.  Yes, even though the novella-length category has been eliminated, you can still enter your work into the category that best fits.

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Q.  What stipulations are there if I want to submit a non-U.S. novel?

A.  The only stipulations for non-U.S. novels are:

1.) The entry must have been for sale in the United States at some time during the year designated for the contest.

2.) And the work must carry a "First U.S. Printing" date or have a letter from the publisher regarding the U.S. release date.

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Q.  Where do I locate the coordinator's address to mail my entry? Can I mail my entry early?

A.  The addresses for our contest coordinators are generally posted on the NRCA website by late November.  You may send your entry form and fee early to our OK-RWA Treasurer (see website), but your book will not be due to the category coordinator until early January. Once your category coordinator has contacted you, you can mail your books at any time before the deadline.

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Q.  If my book goes on sale late in the year, but carries a copyright for the following year, how do I determine if my entry will qualify for the current year contest?

A.  Books for the current year's contest must carry a copyright for the applicable year. The only exception would be if your publisher could provide a letter stating the book is physically available for sale in bookstores in the applicable year for the contest.  (This does not include advance online purchases prior to the book officially being available for sale.)

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Q.  How do I decide what category to enter my short contemporary that's not a series?

A.  Definitely enter the work in the most appropriate category for its word count. The lines mentioned on our website are only examples. 

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Q.  Are e-books eligible for this contest?

A.  Yes, e-books are eligible. They must be printed and bound (either perfect binding or spiral binding). See our NRCA website for details.

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Q. What if my entry is considered single-title by my publisher, but is listed at a bookseller as a series?  Should I enter it as a single-title or a long contemporary series romance?

A.  Enter your work into the category that best fits it.  If you believe it can compete as a single-title, for example, then enter it as a single-title work.

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Q.  Can I submit an entry that is published by a non-RWA-recognized publisher?

A.  Yes, entries from non-RWA-recognized publishers are eligible so long as an element of romance is a part of the submission.  Enter your work in the appropriate category for the level of romance.

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Q.  If I live in a foreign country, how can I arrange for the entry fee given the fluctuation of the exchange rate?

A.  You can pay your fee in US funds through PayPal.

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Q. This is my first book.  Is it necessary to submit an entry form for both the category I am entering AND a form for the Best First Book Category?  How does the fee work for Best First Book?

A.  Only one form is necessary.  Just indicate this is your first book and enclose an extra $5.00.  Therefore, the fee for your entry would be $25.00 for your entry and an additional $5.00 for your first book to be considered in the Best First Book Category.

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page updated 14 July 2005