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Announcing the 2017 MAKE IT GOLDEN Contest

The Ruby Slippered Sisterhood will celebrate our EIGHTH blog birthday this Thursday, with our usual celebratory fun and fabulous prize packages!!

The following Monday, September 25, in keeping with Ruby tradition, we’ll be opening our 8th Annual MAKE IT GOLDEN CONTEST, and giving our Golden-Heart-eligible readers a terrific chance to shine (plus have a chance to earn more great prizes!!)

The MAKE IT GOLDEN contest is designed for unpublished authors who are polishing up their entries for RWA’s Golden Heart Contest–the contest that brought the Ruby Sisters together when we were finalists in 2009.

We all know how important a strong opening is in grabbing the attention of Golden Heart judges, and this contest is a great chance to test yours out!

We’ve had a good track record, with lots of Make It Golden finalists (often multiple finalists per year) going on to final in and even win the Golden Heart: M. Kassel, Jeanne Estridge, Greta MacEachern, Eileen Emerson, and Caroline Bradley, just to name a few! Some are now published and topping the bestseller lists (2011 Finalist Tracy Brogan, we’re looking at you!). Check out the finalists from 2016’s contest, 2015’s contest,    2014’s contest, 2013’s contest , 2012’s contest here, 2011 here, and 2010 here.

Finalists and winners from previous years are welcome to enter again, BUT YOU MUST STILL BE GOLDEN HEART ELIGIBLE (see RWA’s rules here) AND ALL ENTRIES MUST BE NEW!! Maximum of TWO entries per person. (Even if you use more than one pen name.)

TOP PRIZE will once again be your Golden Heart entry fee paid for you by the Rubies, plus a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Second place will win a $20 Amazon gift card.

Third place will win a $15 Starbucks card.

The best part is, entering the contest is completely FREE!!

All you need to do to enter is follow the official rules, below:

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Official Rules of the MAKE IT GOLDEN CONTEST (read carefully!!):

Starting at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, September 25, we will accept the first fifty eligible entries submitted for the contest, each containing up to the FIRST FIFTY WORDS of the entrant’s romance manuscript.

ONLY NEW ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED. NO REPEATS FROM PREVIOUS YEARS, PLEASE!!!

Submit your entry via the “comment” box on the blog, typing in the word ENTRY in all caps at the top so we won’t miss it.

There is no entry fee.

We will close to entries at 11:59 p.m. the same day. Entries will be disqualified if any of the following are true: the entry goes over the 50 word maximum; the entry is posted after 11:59 p.m.; the entry was submitted in a previous year; the entrant posts more than two entries (even if posted under more than one name); the entrant is known to be ineligible to enter the RWA Golden Heart contest (i.e., already a published author).

The Ruby Sisters will read the entries and choose ten finalists.

Ten finalists will be listed on the blog at 12:01 a.m. EST on Monday Oct 2. ENTRANTS SHOULD CHECK THE RUBY BLOG AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE ON MONDAY OCTOBER 2 TO FIND OUT IF THEY ARE FINALISTS. It is entirely the entrant’s responsibility to check the blog to see if she or he is a finalist.

The ten chosen finalists will have the rest of the day, until 12:01 a.m. EST at the very start of October 3 (in other words, 24 hours), to post an expanded entry, starting with those very same fabulous opening words, and continuing with the next consecutive lines up to a MAXIMUM TOTAL of 250 words. (Really, a maximum of 250. Any more than that, and we have to disqualify the entry.) Again, type ENTRY in caps and post the expanded entry.

The three winners will be announced on the blog on Tuesday October 10.

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 IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21: The Ruby Slippered Sisterhood Blog Eighth Birthday Bash!

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25: Starting at 12:01 a.m. and ending at the next midnight, we will accept the first FIFTY entries for the contest.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 2: Ten finalists will be announced on the Ruby blog. THEY HAVE 24 HOURS (until 12:01 a.m. OCTOBER 3) TO POST EXPANDED ENTRIES!!

TUESDAY, OCT 10: WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

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