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To All Members, Friends, Authors, and Visitors:

Members and Friends of Romance at Heart, welcome to our Contests Page, the Author's Contests Listings. This page is to give you a listing of contests offered for readers. We accept contest listings from individual authors, publishers, and promotions companies. There are many assorted prizes including Books, Candy, Jewelry, and many other great things to win. Standing Monthly Contests include standing competitions, and Author Contests that are drawn every month as well as Holiday and Special Events.

Contests are not sponsored by Romance at Heart Magazine unless specified, but they are listed here for your convenience and enjoyment, so have fun! They are listed as to the month the contest ends, so pay attention to deadlines.

As always, Good luck! And to our author, promoter, and publisher participants, if you have a contest you wish to have posted, please get them to me in a timely fashion. Write to Rose! and provide me with the name of the contest, a link to the contest page, prize(s), and the dates the contest will run. Be sure to include a deadline for entry.

Yours on the Cyber Side,
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Some of the Contests listed in this section change every month. If you have a contest, plese send the information to Rose!~ Every month that contests are available, you will find new ones to enter and win, some of them from new authors and publishers, some from old friends...So come, enter a contest, and join the fun.

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The Contests listed in this section are listed on the author/publisher's sites, and drawn monthly or every other month. Most are standing contests where the prizes may change, but the site offers the contest on a standing basis. There are also special contests offered here when available, so check back often.

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The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest Entry / Deadline for entry: Open all year round...

The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest!
Offered by: San Jose State University...
Deadline for entry: Open all year round...
This contest is run by the English Department of San Jose State University under the watchful eye of Professor Scott Rice.
It is a whimsical contest based on the horrendous first line of the Victorian writer Edward George Bulwer-Lytton.
"It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents--except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness."
--Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, Paul Clifford (1830)


The rules are very simple, and I have listed the firet few here:
Each entry must consist of a single sentence but you may submit as many entries as you wish.
Sentences may be of any length (though you go beyond 50 or 60 words at your peril), and entries must be "original" (as it were) and previously unpublished.
Surface mail entries should be submitted on index cards, the sentence on one side and the entrant's name, address, and phone number on the other.
Email entries should be in the body of the message, NOT in an attachment. If you are submitting multiple entries, please include them in one message (and it would be really swell if you submitted your entries in Arial 12 font).
You can, and should read the entire list of rules found at: The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest website, and while you are there, explore the world of this wonderfully willful website which Welcomes Writers Who Write Wretchedly!!! *Sorry about that!.~not~*
Thank you Professor Rice!
Thank you San Jose State!
And guys and gals, have fun, laugh heartily and...Good Luck!

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These contests are drawn every month, and some are bi-monthly, so enter and have fun. Check back often for updates and new contests. The rules are posted on the websites of the contest providers, and all entrants must abide by their rules of entry. These are not sponsored or run by Romance at Heart Magazine. They are, however, listed here for your convenience.

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Jewels of the Quill's Contest Entry / Deadline for entry: 28th of each month

Books From The Jewels!
Offered by: The Dame Jewels...
Deadline for entry: 28th of each month
Members of the Fans of the Jewels of the Quill list will receive early notices of giveaways, as well as special prizes during the year like our members only anniversary giveaways in July and our mega Christmas book giveaway galore in December. (see below) Sign up today, and check out our website, Jewels Of The Quill in order to win!
-Our Monthly Giveaways--Win free books EVERY MONTH from your favorite Dame of the Quill! And join us at Christmas for our annual Book Giveaway Galore! Just join The Fans of the Jewels Yahoo Group to receive regular e-mails, and you could win! We are sorry if this causes an inconvenience, but due to an inordinate amount of spam, we have had to take this recourse.
Drawings held each month from among the membership!
Send a blank email to join: Jewels of the Quill Newsletter.
Thank you, and...Good Luck!

 

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Lucy Monroe's Contest Entry / Deadline for entry: Month's End

Monthly Contest
Offered by: Lucy Monroe
Deadline for entry: Last day of each month
Each month I give away a new book with some special goodies to help you enjoy the book. It could be anything from a fun spa basket, holiday themed prize or just something fun! Come by my website to enter your name in the drawing. ← Click on the link, and enter now!
Good Luck!
Lucy Monroe
Summer Releases 2012:

Heart of a Desert Warrior - July 2012 (Harlequin Presents)
Close Quarters (Rerelease of my 50th book) - July 2012 (Kensington Brava)
Dragon's Moon - September 2012 (Berkley Sensation)
Not Just the Greek's Wife - October 2012 (Harlequin Presents)

Lucy Monroe on the web:
Lucy Monroe.Com<
Lucy's Blog
Lucy on Facebook
Lucy on Twitter

Lucy Monroe's Children of the Moon website:
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Lesley-Anne's Contest Entry / Deadline for entry: See Website for Drawing deadlines

Lesley-Anne's Bi-Monthly Drawing
Offered by: Lesley-Anne McLeod
Deadline for entry: See Lesley-Anne's site
There is a new contest draw at www.lesleyannemcleod.com/ for March, April and May 2010. If you sign the guest book by May 31 you could win a Regency prize package of six items, including a reproduction fan, a copy of the "Fashions of Regency England Colouring Book" and more. See the prize at www.lesleyannemcleod.com/contest.html and my May release, at The Harmless Deception.

Please check out my newest release on my novelettes page: "Novelettes: Lost In Almacks" while you are at my website!

See the prizes and visit lesleyannemcleod.homestead.com, then access the guest book from the home page or the contest page. To win the contest, sign my guestbook before May 31, 2010. Good luck!

And be sure to visit the Regency Colouring Book for original Regency art, and also check out my blog at BlogSpot.com! Please note my chat schedule and join me and my hosts for some interesting conversations!
Please note the website address change for Lesley-Anne McLeod's Regency World at My Website, and update your bookmarks. Enjoy the redesigned website!
Don't forget--to win the contest, sign my guestbook before May 31st. And Again, Good luck!!

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Regency Romance - The Elegant Alternative

Romances by Lesley-Anne McLeod are available from Awe-Struck E-Books and Uncial Press

 

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Catherine Spangler's Contest Entry / Deadline for entry: See Website for Drawing deadlines

Catherine Spangler has a Monthly Drawing
Offered by: Catherine Spangler
Deadline for entry: See Catherine's site
Contests! Yeah! I have contests planned for every month from here through January 2007, beginning in May, with a $25.00 gift card from Barnes & Noble. I’m changing the prize every month, so be sure to check back often. I will be giving away three gorgeous pink quartz crystal pendants, which are like the ones my Sentinel characters wear. There’s a link on my home page, so you can see them.
There is a lot more to do too, excerpts, and other news and links.
Please come to my website to get the contest information and join the fun, and good luck!

 

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June Shaw's Contest Entry / Deadline for entry: On going Contests

Cajun Cookbook Contest!
Offered by: June Shaw
Deadline for entry: On going Contests
Hi!
I am June Shaw, and I have a new book out with Harlequin, and a contest to celebrate. I hope you'll let me tell you readers about this new Contest.

Details about June's Book and Contest:

Here is a bit about my book: Cealie Gunther avoids things that bind—like control-top pantyhose and Gil Thurman. Widowed Cealie thinks she wants to avoid her hunky ex-lover Gil as she travels while trying to rediscover herself. But he opens Cajun restaurants in many cities, and Cealie's not great at avoiding temptation.
At my website, www.juneshaw.com, the contest prizes change. Currently I'm giving away a $25 Amazon gift certificate or Cookbook from Writers in New Orleans.

Thanks for letting me tell you about my contest for my romantic mystery.

Best,
June Shaw, www.juneshaw.com
RELATIVE DANGER - This month's featured mystery in Harlequin's newsletter

 

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Allure Authors' Monthly Contest Entry / Deadline for entry: Month's End

Monthly Contest
Offered by: Allure Authors
Deadline for entry: Month's end
The Allure Authors have contests for you, so head for their contest page and check out the latest contests from
Vivi’s latest contest.
Sylvia’s latest contest and latest Dream Guardians contest.
Delilah’s latest contest.
Cathryn’s latest contest.
Myla’s latest contest.
Lisa’s latest contest.
Sasha’s latest contest.
All you have to do is go to: allureauthors.com. ← Click on the link and check out the contest page, because sometimes they get together and offer the reader even more fun contests. Join the fun and enter now!

 

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Dorchester Publishing
Free Reads...

from the Home of Leisure Books and Love Spell!

Before you hit the beach, the slopes, or head out on that very special vacation that you've been working toward all year, remember to pack some great reads for the journey! Enjoy a deliciously steamy story from Jade Lee or something more fun and playful from Kate Angell. Try your luck with a gunslinging western or a thrilling horror story if romance is really not your cup of tea! Plus, you can test your luck and enter to win a red hot romance from Dorchester if Romance is your genre. Some of these red-hot romances will be hitting bookstores soon, but a lucky few will receive an early peek!
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Some of the Contests listed in this section change every month, some are special launch or release contests. Every month that contests are available, you will find new ones to enter and win, some of them from new publishers with new authors, some from old friends...So come, enter a contest, and join the fun.

 

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A New Kind of Contest...

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New York City—Dorchester Publishing and Textnovel announce their partnership in an innovative writing competition for aspiring novelists. Beginning today, authors ages 18 and older are invited to participate in America’s Next Best Celler, a literary challenge that pairs the emergent cellular generation with the traditional publishing model. The contest will award a guaranteed publishing contract with Dorchester, the publisher who discovered and nurtured the careers of New York Times bestsellers Victoria Alexander, Christine Feehan and Lynsay Sands.

America’s Next Best Celler utilizes Textnovel’s unique business model that allows authors and readers to create, read and share serialized fiction via today’s most popular and ubiquitous technologies. The site encourages readers to subscribe to developing works of fiction which are disseminated in chapter-length installments via cell phones and email over a period of time. Subscribers offer direct feedback to authors and vote for their favorite serials, fostering an intimacy between artist and fan similar to reality television.

Textnovel was created in response to the literary movement that exploded in Japan a little over two years ago which produced an entirely new genre that now dominates their mainstream publishing industry. In 2007, five of Japan’s ten best-selling novels originated as cell phone serials. Many of the serials, such as Love Sky written by a debut novelist and read by 20 million people, have been adapted for TV series and movies.

With faster cell phone networks and data plans now available, the U.S. market has the potential to experience even more success than Japan. “Textnovel’s business model could revolutionize the entire publishing industry,” says Brooke Borneman, Dorchester’s Sales and Marketing Director. According to Maho no i-rando (Magic Island), Japan’s first and largest mobile novel portal, the site has six million registered users, representing roughly 5% of the country’s population. “When applying this percentage to the U.S. population of over 300 million people, the potential to build name recognition for authors is simply staggering,” states Borneman.

A collision of multiple cultural and societal influences has created the ideal situation for the resurgence of the serial which traces its roots to Victorian era novelists Charles Dickens, George Elliott and William Makepeace Thackeray. “Our increasingly fast-paced and chaotic lifestyles have created challenges for many individuals who can’t or won’t make the time to read. Between fragmented attention spans, the enthusiasm and devotion cultivated by fan participation in reality television and the social networking revolution, we think the time is perfect to bring readers and writers together through Textnovel and we hope to discover America’s Next Best ‘Celler,’” says Borneman.

Dorchester is seeking contest entries in any of the following romantic sub-genres: historical, paranormal, urban fantasy, high fantasy, futuristic, romantic suspense or humorous contemporary. For complete contest details, including rules and regulations, please visit www.dorchesterpub.com or www.textnovel.com.

About Dorchester Publishing
Dorchester Publishing has published mass market books since 1971, making it the oldest independent mass market publisher in America. Known for its collection of best-selling romance novels, Dorchester also publishes award-winning horror, thrillers and western titles, as well as the Hard Case Crime line of pulp-style mysteries. In addition, Dorchester distributes the bestselling Family Doctor series of health guides in the US and Canada. Website: www.dorchesterpub.com

About Textnovel
Textnovel is a social network for authors and readers of serial fiction and the first English language cell phone novel website, allowing members to write and read fiction with their cell phones or computers, using text messaging, email and online tools. Textnovel also offers literary agency services to aspiring novelists. Website: www.textnovel.com

Erin D. Galloway
Manager of Marketing
Dorchester Publishing
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