The Ripping Start is for the first 1,500 words of an unpublished 10K+ romance or romantic elements manuscript (novel or novella) plus a mini synopsis (300 words).

Opens: 5 September 2016
Closes: Emailed by midnight Sydney time 26 September 2016.

Eligibility: RWA members in Aspiring and Emerging categories only. Novel or novella manuscript (10K+) from which entry is taken must not be commercially available. Up to two entries per member are permitted. Emailed entries only.

Entry Fee: $30.00 per entry (inc GST) for members within Australia. $27.27 per entry (excl. GST) for members outside of Australia.
Final Judge: Lucy Bell, Editor Pantera Press

Page counts: The first 1,500 words (max) of your manuscript plus a mini synopsis.
The mini synopsis is a 300 word (max) overview of your entire story. This is not a teaser or back cover blurb. It should tell judges what your story is about, complete with the ending/resolution.

Prizes: 1st – $250; 2nd – $150; 3rd – $100

Entry form/conditions

Sample scoresheet

Formatting example

Queries: Contest Manager – Cat Whelan –