Sadly, Valerie Parv passed away over the Anzac Day weekend.

We will let all who have entered this year know, as soon as possible, how things will proceed from here.

We are proud to include this award in our contest calendar.

Where else can you have a chance to be mentored by one of Australia’s most successful authors?

This contest opened at 1700 AEST, Monday 5 April 2021 and closed at 5 pm AEST on Monday 26 April 2021

Opens: 5 April 2021 – 1700 AEST

Closes: 26 April 2021 – 1700 AEST

Entries arriving before or after these times cannot be accepted. Note: you cannot ‘reserve’ a place by paying your entry fee. The only way to claim a place in the contest is to submit your entry – you will be redirected to the submission form immediately after payment is made.

Eligibility: Open to RWAustralia members and non-members. For RWA members: Aspiring, or Emerging with no works 40K+ contracted or commercially available. For non-members: no works 40K+ contracted or commercially available.

Enter: first 10,000 words (max) + 1000 word (max) synopsis of your unpublished romance/romantic elements novel (any length 40K+) electronic submissions only.

Maximum TWO entries per person 

Entry fees: RWA members $44 incl GST; non-members $110 incl GST

Final judges: Valerie Parv will rank the 6 finalists

1st – 1 year mentorship with Valerie Parv

For a list of previous recipients of this prestigious award, check out out Winner’s Gallery.

Terms & conditions 

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Questions to Contest Coordinator Karina Coldrick