The 2016-17 Emily Contest

Sponsor: West Houston RWA

Fee: $25 WHRWA members / $35 all others

Entry Dates: 9-1-16 through 10-2-16


Enter the first 5,600 words of your unpublished manuscript (no synopsis!) in any of our 6 categories for excellent first-round feedback and top final round editor and agent judges.


Categories and Final Judges:

Contemporary Romance – Long – Editor Danielle Marshall, Amazon / Lake Union Publishing, and Agent Paige Wheeler, Creative Media Agency, Inc.;

Contemporary Romance – Short – Editor Brenda Chin, Entangled Publishing LLC, and Agent Carrie Pestritto , Prospect Agency;

Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance – Editor Angela James, Harlequin Enterprises, and Agent Moe Ferrara, BookEnds Literary Agency;

Historical Romance – Editor Janet Clementz, Soul Mate Publishing, and Agent Patricia Nelson , Marsal Lyon Literary Agency;

Romantic Suspense – Editor Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks, and Agent Elaine Spencer, The Knight Agency;

Young Adult Romance – Editor Alice Jerman, Harper Collins, and Agent Tricia Skinner, Fuse Literary.


Category winners earn a certificate and a silver pin, and are eligible for $100 Best of the Best Prize.

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