ENTRIES HAVE NOW CLOSED FOR THE 2018-19 RIPPING START CONTEST. Final placings are listed at the bottom of the page.

The Ripping Start is for the first 1,500 words of an unpublished 10K+ romance or romantic elements manuscript (novel or novella) plus a mini synopsis (300 words).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 September 2018
Closes: 23 September 2018 (Midnight 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. Emailed entries only.

Entry Fee: $33.00 per entry (inc GST).
Final Judge: Kate Cuthbert from Escape Publishing

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.

Prize: 1st place – 60K Manuscript Assessment from Word Witchery

Terms and Conditions

Sample scoresheet

Formatting example

Queries: Contact the Contest Coordinator – Kristine Charles

Entries for the 2018/2019 contest are now CLOSED.

Final placings for Ripping Start 2018/2019 are: –

1st – Suzie Jay
2nd – Samara Parish
3rd – Nichola Caisley
4th – Mindy Graham
Joint 5th – Sandra Edgar & Libby Iriks