The Ripping Start is for the first 1,500 words of an unpublished 10K+ romance or romantic elements manuscript (novel or novella) plus a mini synopsis (300 words).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: 7 September 2020 – 1700 AEST
Closes: 28 September 2020 – 1700 AEST

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. Online entries only.

Enter by clicking the ‘Enter‘ button at the bottom of this page .

Entry Fee: $33.00 per entry (inc GST).
Final Judge: TBA

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.

Terms and Conditions

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Queries: Contact the Contest Coordinator – Kristine Charles


This contest opened at 1700 AEST, Monday 7 September 2020 and will close at 1700 AEST on Monday 28 September 2020