This week, my local RWA chapter's contest announced its finalists.
The MARA Fiction From the Heartland contest recognizes the top Ten scores, regardless of category. This year, we had some incredible entries and it was tough, tough competition. It took more than 93% of total points to final in the top ten, so our agent/editor judges should look forward to some stellar submissions!
Six other entries, received at least 90% of total points possible and we thought that deserved some recognition, so we added Honorable Mention finalists as well.
Finalist' entries will go on to an agent and editor, while Honorable Mention Finalists' entries will go only to their respective category editor judge.
More Than a Stranger - Historical
Tangled Web - Paranormal
Kindred of the Fallen - Paranormal
The Pilot - Paranormal
Saving Captain Brookes - Inspirational
Stealing Justice - Romantic Suspense
Midnight Guardian - Romantic Suspense
Burned Illusions - Romantic Suspense
Alli’s Playground - Young Adult
Deep Speak - Young Adult
The Demon Connection - Paranormal
Tall, Dark and Furry - Paranormal
Abandoned Hearts - Inspirational
The Bookstore Connection - Category Romance
Rough Riding Ranger - Category Romance
Squeaky Clean - Young Adult
But also, I want to offer a BIG Congratulations to all who entered. Having entered my share of contests before selling, I know what it's like to put my heart into an entry and wait. I know what it feels like to get dismal scores, to not final, to miss big or to miss finaling by 1 point. I know what it feels like to read judge's comments and wince, or to smack myself for missing this thing or that thing or to smile big because the judge "got me". It takes courage to write and submit something, be it to a contest or to an agent or editor, and each of you should be proud that you put yourselves out there.
Best of Luck to all of our Finalists and Honorable Mention finalists in the Final Round. May the requests abound!
I'd love to hear some of your contest experiences...