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It’s Our 2017 MAKE IT GOLDEN Contest Entry Day!!

Welcome to the EIGHTH Annual MAKE IT GOLDEN Contest!!

The MAKE IT GOLDEN contest is designed for unpublished authors who are polishing up their entries for RWA’s Golden Heart Contest. 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!

**The 2017 contest is now CLOSED to entries. Thanks to all the brave and talented souls who entered!! The entries are fantastic, and now the Rubies face the very difficult task of trying to narrow down the field to just ten finalists!! Entrants, be sure to check back here as early as possible to see if your entry is in the finals!! Get those 250 word (max) extended entries ready!**

Check out the finalists from 2016’s contest2015’s contest, 2014’s contest, and 2013’s contest , (plus 2012’s contest here, 2011 here, and 2010 here).

Any time between now and one minute past midnight at the very of end the day today (actually 12:01 a.m. on September 26), just post your romance manuscript’s first 50 words (with the word ENTRY in all caps at the top, which does NOT count toward your word total), and you’re in the running to win one of our prizes:

GRAND PRIZE: the Rubies pay your $30 Golden Heart entry fee, plus a $25 Amazon gift card! 

SECOND PLACE: a $20 Amazon gift card

THIRD PLACE: a $15 Starbucks gift card

And, of course, huge heaping helpings of glory for all three!!

Anyone eligible to enter the 2018 Golden Heart (see RWA’s rules here) is eligible to enter, and the best part is, there’s no entry fee. It’s COMPLETELY FREE to enter, but only the FIRST FIFTY ENTRIES CAN QUALIFY, so don’t delay!

OFFICIAL RULES — PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:

  • Finalists and winners from previous years are welcome to enter again, BUT ALL ENTRIES MUST BE NEW!
  • We will only accept a maximum of 50 entries, first come, first served.
  • Due to the entry cap, a maximum of TWO entries per person will be accepted for this year’s contest. This means even if you are planning on entering more than one manuscript in the Golden Heart, or write under multiple pen names, you will have to choose a maximum of two manuscripts total you want to enter in MAKE IT GOLDEN.
  • Starting at 12:01 a.m. on September 25 (that’s right now!), entrants will post the opening of their manuscript, 50 words MAXIMUM, in the comments box. Start by typing the word ENTRY in all caps so we don’t miss it. Also, try to find a logical cut-off point: please don’t leave us hanging in the middle of a sentence! Just don’t go over 50 words.
  • The word ENTRY does NOT count towards your 50 word limit. This is just so we can identify it as an ‘official’ entry.
  • Any entry that violates any of these rules (i.e., goes over the 50 word limit, is one of three or more entries from the same person, is not from a romance manuscript, is an entry from a previous year, is an entry from someone not eligible for RWA’s Golden Heart Contest, or is posted after 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time on September 26) will result in the entry being disqualified.

Ten finalists will be listed on the blog at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time on Monday, October 2. ENTRANTS SHOULD CHECK THE RUBY BLOG AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE ON 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. October 3 (in other words, 24 hours), to post an expanded entry, starting with that EXACT SAME fabulous 50-word-max opening, 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. We will also disqualify your entry if it’s not posted by 12:01 a.m. on October 3.) Again, type ENTRY in caps at the top and post your expanded entry.

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

START POSTING THOSE ENTRIES!!!! We’re sure they’ll be a fascinating, intriguing, highly entertaining mix as always, and we’re looking forward to reading them!!

(image courtesy of kangshutters / FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

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!

Entry Day for the Make It Golden Contest 2015

pen**update:

The 2015 contest is now closed to entries.

Thanks to everyone who entered!! Remember to check back ASAP on Monday, September 28 to see if you’re a finalist!!**

 

Welcome to the SIXTH Annual MAKE IT GOLDEN Contest!!

The MAKE IT GOLDEN contest is designed for unpublished authors who are polishing up their entries for RWA’s Golden Heart Contest. 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!

Check out the finalists from 2014’s contest, 2013’s contest , 2012’s contest here, 2011 here, and 2010 here.

Between now and 11:59 today, just post your romance manuscript’s first fifty words (with the word ENTRY in all caps at the top), and you’re in the running to win one of our prizes:

GRAND PRIZE: the Rubies pay your $35 Golden Heart entry fee! 

SECOND PLACE: a $20 Amazon gift card

ruby journalTHIRD PLACE: a Ruby Slipper blank journal (pictured left).

And, of course, huge heapings of glory for all three!!

Anyone eligible to enter the 2016 Golden Heart (see RWA’s rules here) is eligible to enter (except Rubies, of course), and the best part is, there’s no entry fee. It’s COMPLETELY FREE to enter, but only the FIRST ONE HUNDRED ENTRIES CAN QUALIFY, so don’t delay!

OFFICIAL RULES — PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:

  • Finalists and winners from previous years are welcome to enter again, BUT ALL ENTRIES MUST BE NEW!
  • We will only accept a maximum of 100 entries, first come, first served.
  • Due to the entry cap, a maximum of TWO entries per person will be accepted for this year’s contest. This means even if you are planning on entering more than one manuscript in the Golden Heart, or write under multiple pen names, you will have to choose a maximum of two manuscripts you want to enter.
  • Starting at 12:01 a.m. on September 22nd (that’s right now!), entrants will post the opening of their manuscript, 50 words MAXIMUM, in the comments box. Start by typing the word ENTRY in all caps so we don’t miss it. Also, find a good cut-off point: please don’t leave us hanging in the middle of a sentence! Just don’t go over 50 words.
  • The word ENTRY does NOT count towards your 50 word limit. This is just so we can identify it as an ‘official’ entry.
  • Any entries that violate any of these rules (i.e., goes over the 50 word limit, is one of three or more entries from the same person, is not from a romance manuscript, is an entry from a previous year, is an entry from someone not eligible for RWA’s Golden Heart Contest, or is posted after 11:59 p.m. on September 22) will result in the entry being disqualified.

Ten finalists will be listed on the blog at 12:01 a.m. EST on Monday, September 28. ENTRANTS SHOULD CHECK THE RUBY BLOG AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE ON SEPTEMBER 28 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. September 29 (in other words, 24 hours), to post an expanded entry, starting with that exact same fabulous 50-word opening, 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. We will also disqualify your entry if it’s not posted by 12:01 a.m. on September 29.) Again, type ENTRY in caps at the top and post your expanded entry.

The three winners will be announced on the blog on Thursday, October 1.

START POSTING THOSE ENTRIES!!!! We’re looking forward to reading them!!

(image courtesy of kangshutters / FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

 

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