Thursday, June 16, 2011

13 Reasons to Enter the Melody of Love 2011

So many writing contests, so little ... money. Hopefully the following 13 reasons will help you decide to enter the romance novel contest I coordinate every year. You can find out more about the Melody of Love at

So why enter our contest?

1) We have awesome final round judges! This year:

Historical: Barbara Poelle, Irene Goodman Literary Agency
Contemporary: Latoya C. Smith, Grand Central Publishing
Paranormal: Angela James, Carina Press
YA: Leah Hultenschmidt, Sourcebooks Fire

2) I'm the coordinator, and at least one person thought I did a good job:

3) We give the winners money. Cashola. Buckage. That you can use to buy chocolate. Or pay your water bill. Or buy gas to drive to a writer's conference.

4) We instated a YA category since it seems like half of you are writing YA now.

5) We offer finalists a chance to polish their manuscripts before they go to the final round judges and a proofread by yours truly. I have some skills in that area.

6) Finalists are also offered a one year membership to our chapter if they're RWA members so the love, support and late night email exchanges can continue.

7) BUT you don't have to be an RWA member to enter the contest (though RWA regulations do prevent us from letting you join the chapter unless you're in RWA National.) You can also enter if you are already published as long as you're not published in the category entered. (For specifics, check out the rules at

8) We've been doing this for 13 years, so we're pretty good at it. Also, I sometimes use my contestant email list to forward hilarious jokes and our chapter's latest career news. Ok, not really. I mean, we're good at this contest stuff, but we won't spam you, I promise. Not even late at night.

9) Lots of our first-round judges are published authors. And all of them know what will happen to them if they're hateful on the contest entries. It isn't pretty.

10) So your feedback will probably be varied, and some might be negative, but the judges and the coordinators take pains to make sure it's constructive.

11) We get a discrepancy judge when the first round scores are far apart. Then you'll get three viewpoints to help you decide if you want to do any revisions.

12) You can enter electronically, so no trips to the Post Office or hassles with your printer. [[Can you tell I hate my printer??]] This comes in especially handy for contestants from overseas.

13) This year I'm thinking about putting an actual shiny gold star, wait, entries are electronic. Scratch that.

13 part deux) We don't have any entries yet, so basically, I'm begging here. Load us up!


Jody Wallace
2011 Melody of Love Contest Coordinator  *  *