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Anthology contributors in the spotlight

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By Libby M Iriks This has been a year of adaptation, but with that comes new opportunities, to which our anthology contributors can attest. Tradition has seen RWA’s anthologies launched amid the fun and chaos of its annual conference weekend. This year, however, each Sweet Treats and Spicy Bites contributor was given their moment in the virtual spotlight. When the RWA committee and conference team announced earlier this year that the conference would go ahead in a virtual setting, I was left wondering – as a Sweet Treats contributor – how our anthologies would be launched. I made an offer …

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Ruby Finalists Announced!

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It’s that time of year folks! The finalists for Romantic Book of the Year were announced this week! Congratulations to all the finalists, what an amazing effort! Kudos to our contest team, reader judges, organising committee and contest co-ordinator Sarma Burdeu! And the finalists are… Romantic Suspense Leah Ashton – Out Run the Night (previously ‘Defiant’) Claire Boston – Nothing to Lose Claire Boston – Shelter Emma Lea – Hide and Seek Contemporary Amy Andrews – Nothing But Trouble Ann Penny – Capturing Love Janet Elizabeth Henderson – Can’t Stop the Feeling Sarah Williams – The legacies of Brigadier Station …

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First Kiss Competition Announcement

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When we think of a protagonist and their first kiss with their love interest, what we expect is romantic tension, that push-push, pull-pull, pull-push feeling. You know the one, the barely there kiss, the surprise kiss, the mistaken kiss, the heartfelt kiss, the angry kiss, all depending on the set up the author has given us. What the first kiss does is make us want more- prepare us for what is to come and make us cheer for the characters, the story and for many more kisses! The First Kiss Competition is an opportunity for authors to showcase that romantic …

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New $30,000 Australasian literary prize celebrating historical fiction genre

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Australia’s leading infrastructure and facilities service provider ARA Group has partnered with The Historical Novel Society Australasia (HNSA) to announce a new major literary prize, set to award $30,000 to an outstanding historical novelist. The new ARA Historical Novel Prize gives Australian and New Zealand historical novelists the chance to be recognised in a class of their own, with the most significant prize money for any genre-based prize in Australasia. Entries will be judged on excellence in writing, depth of research, and reader appeal. ARA Group Founder, Executive Chair and Managing Director Ed Federman said as a patron of historical …

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Competition Finalists 2020 | Sweet Treats

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Congratulations to our Sweet Treats finalists for 2020! 1st place — Carolyn Wren — Cupcake Memories 2nd place — Elouise Tynan — One Sweet Night 3rd place — Libby M Iriks — Add a Little Spice The short stories (all 3,000 words or less), by these talented authors, will feature in the Sweet Treats Cupcake 2020 anthology along with the following stories that have won a place as the top 15 ranked stories out of a total of 65 entries: Georgia Moore — Sweet as Cupcakes Hollee Mands — Sweetness in Sorrow Caylee Tierney — Anywhere Dianna Wilson — Her …

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Competition Finalists 2020 | Spicy Bites

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Firstly, congratulations to all who entered. It’s not easy putting creative work out for review, bravo! We received a total of 35 high quality entries which were each reviewed by three different judges. Thank you to our wonderful 36, mix of reader and writer judges, who volunteered their time, energy and expertise to review these entries. Based on the ranking and word count, this year’s Anthology will contain 12 short stories. Now for the moment you’ve been waiting for…Drumroll… Congratulations to our Spicy Bites 2020 finalists! 1st place – Kristine Charles – Cuffed Equal 2nd place – Karen Lieversz – …

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The RuBY Monologues | Maddison Michaels

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Welcome to our 2019 RuBY winners spotlight – this month I’m pleased to introduce – Maddison Michaels! Maddison won the RuBy in the historical category. The story follows Devlin Markham, the notorious ‘Devil Duke’ of Hungtington, who who’s looking to secure his fortune with a marriage to Lady Sophie Wolcott. However, Sophie is a blue stocking heroine unimpressed with the Duke’s rakish and rougish ways. When Devlin’s dark past threatens to place not only him, but Sophie in danger too, they’ll find that not just their lives are in jeopardy, but their hearts too.

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The RuBY Monologues | Penelope Janu

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Welcome to our 2019 RuBY winners spotlight – first up – Penelope Janu! Penelope won the RuBy in the contempory category. The story follows Golden Saunder’s, who’s life becomes distinctly messy when United Nations diplomat (read: spy) Tor Amundsen, enters her life. This delightful contemporary rural romance is warm hearted and full of emotions to pull our heart strings!

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RWA Competitions October| Selling Submission

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The years end is coming up fast and we’ve entered prime competition time. Our October competition is the Selling Submission! What is it? Writing a submission package to an editor or agent is an important skill to master for any upcoming writer. Even for seasoned writers it’s necessary! You definitely want to impress if you want those in the industry to sit up and take notice of you and your work. This contest asks you to submit a query letter, synopsis and blurb. For the blurb think about the best back copy from books, the teaser that entices you to …