The Ripping Start is for the first 1,500 words of an unpublished 10K+ romance or romantic elements manuscript (novel or novella) plus a mini synopsis (300 words).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: 3 October 2022 – 1700 Sydney time
Closes: 24 October 2022 – 1700 Sydney time

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.

Entry Fee: $39.00 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.

To see previous winners/anthology placegetters, check out our Winner’s Gallery.

Terms and Conditions

Sample scoresheet

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Queries: Contact the Contest Coordinator – Clare Miles


This contest will open at 1700 Sydney time, Monday 3 October 2022