The Ripping Start is for the first 1,500 words of an unpublished 10K+ romance or romantic elements manuscript (novel or novella) plus a mini synopsis (300 words).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: 2 September 2019
Closes: 22 September 2019 11:59pm (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: $33.00 per entry (inc GST).
Final Judge: Libby Iriks – Commissioning Editor, Vulpine Press

Libby M Iriks is a an independent editor, member of the Institute of Professional Editors and former territory manager for Scholastic Australia. Libby is also commissioning editor of romance for Vulpine 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.

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Queries: Contact the Contest Coordinator – Kristine Charles

This contest is closed as at 11:59pm Sunday 22 September 2019. Best of luck to all entrants!