The Ripping Start is for the first 1,500 words of an unpublished 10K+ romance or romantic elements manuscript (novel or novella) plus a mini synopsis (300 words).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: 4 September 2017
Closes: Emailed by midnight Sydney time 25 September 2017.

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: Carrie Feron, Executive Editor, Senior Vice President from William Morrow/Avon.

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 receives a manuscript assessment of up to 60,000 words from Word Witchery.

Terms and Conditions

Sample scoresheet

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Queries: Contest Manager – Sue Dowsett –

Entries for this contest are now closed.