The Hot Prospects Contest

imagesCA3NVVBR2013 Hot Prospects Contest
Sponsor: Valley of the Sun Romance Writers

Turn up the heat on your writing career with the Hot Prospects Contest!

GRAND PRIZE: The grand prize winner of the contest will have her entire manuscript (400 pages, Courier, 12pt, Double spaced) reviewed by two professional editors at The Author’s Red Room.
Announcement by a former winner:

“I entered the Hot Prospects contest in 2011 and placed first in the
Contemporary Single Title category and won the Grand Prize overall with my
erotic legal thriller, Legally Mastered (now Legal Heat by Sarah Castille).
The feedback I got from the contest judges was invaluable in helping me
polish my book and that year I landed an agent, and a publishing contract
with Samhain Publishing and then a second publishing contract with
Sourcebooks Casablanca the following year. The Hot Prospects contest was
very well run and I recommend it to all my romance writer friends.”

Fee: $25 for Valley of the Sun RW chapter members
$30 for non-chapter members
Chapter website has PayPal capability.

Postmark Deadline: September 1st, 2013
E-Submit Deadline: September 1st, 2013

Eligibility: The Hot Prospects Contest is open to any work uncontracted and
unpublished at the time of entry.

Enter: 3-5-page synopsis and up to 25 pages of story (30 pages max). Entry
or synopsis may be shorter, but neither may be longer than specified.

Categories/Judges: Trained judges for preliminary round

Categories and Final Round Judges

1) Historical/Regency:
Editor – Holly Blanck, St. Martins
Senior Editor – Esi Sogah, Kensington
2) Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal:
Assistant Editor – Kelly Quinn, Tor
Editor –Kristine Swartz, Assistant Editor, The Berkley Publishing Group
3) Romantic Suspense:
Editorial Assistant- Lauren Plude, Grand Central Publishing
Editor Samhain -Tera Kleinfelter
4) Contemporary Long/Single Title:
Editor –Deborah Werksman, Sourcebooks, Inc
Editor at large, Sue Grimshaw, Random House
5) Series Contemporary:

Associate Editor – Johanna Raisanen,  Harlequin
Senior Editor Sweetheart Rose – Leanne Morgena, The Wild Rose Press

For More Information, entry form, and rules, see website at For questions please email Voshotprospects@


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