Announcing the Fifth Annual Make It Golden Contest!!!

The Ruby Slippered Sisterhood is about to celebrate our FIFTH blog birthday!!

Our official Birthday Bash will be Monday, September 22th, and as always, WE’LL be the ones giving away the gifts! Be sure to join us here for the festivities!!

Right after that, we’ll be holding our 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The MAKE IT GOLDEN contest is designed for unpublished authors who are polishing up their entries for RWA’s Golden Heart Contest–the contest that brought the Ruby Sisters together when we were finalists in 2009.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 Make It Golden finalists going on to final in the Golden Heart, get published, and even hit the bestseller lists within a year or two (2011 Finalist Tracy Brogan, we’re looking at you!). Check out the finalists from 2013’s contest , from and 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 $50 Golden Heart entry fee paid for you by the Rubies!! Other prizes TBA.

The best part is, it’s FREE!!

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

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

Starting at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, September 24, we will accept the first one hundred eligible entries submitted for the contest, each containing up to the FIRST FIFTY WORDS of the entrant’s romance manuscript.


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 midnight 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 midnight; 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 ineligible to enter the RWA Golden Heart contest.

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 Friday September 26. ENTRANTS SHOULD CHECK THE RUBY BLOG AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE ON FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 26 TO FIND OUT IF THEY HAVE FINALED. It is entirely the entrant’s responsibility to check the blog to see if he or she 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 September 27 (in other words, 24 hours), to post an expanded entry, starting with those 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, September 30.



MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22th: The Ruby Slippered Sisterhood Blog Fifth Birthday Bash!

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th: Starting at 12:01 a.m. and ending at the next midnight, we will accept the first one hundred entries for the contest.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th: Ten finalists will be announced on the Ruby blog. THEY HAVE 24 HOURS (until 12:01 a.m. September 27) TO POST EXPANDED ENTRIES!!



15 responses to “Announcing the Fifth Annual Make It Golden Contest!!!”

  1. Elisa Beatty says:

    As always, I’m very excited to see the entries! They’re always a lot of fun!

  2. Kate Parker says:

    Oh, good. This is one of my favorite contests. People really let their imaginations run wild in those 50 words.

  3. Tamara Hogan says:

    Oh, I love reading these! It’s amazing how much voice and originality can be embedded in a mere 50 words.

  4. Oh, how exciting! I always look forward to reading the entries. Such fabulous talent out there!

  5. Liz Talley says:

    So excited!

    This contest always makes me look hard at my first few lines. So I’ve benefited from something I can’t even enter 🙂 But I do love scrolling through those fabulous first lines!

  6. Yay! I always look forward to this. Can’t wait to read this year’s entries.

  7. Rita Henuber says:

    Exciting days ahead. Looking forward to this years entries. Bring ’em on!

  8. I’m always so impressed with those first few lines, and the different ways writers approach their beginning. Can’t wait!

  9. Shea Berkley says:

    This contest is one of the most exciting and fun things we get to do as a group! I can’t wait to read those first lines!!!!

  10. June Love says:

    We always have such wonderful entries. It’s so fun to read the entries, but it sure does make the judging more difficult. 🙂 Can’t wait!

  11. Kim Law says:

    One of the times of year I love most!! Can’t wait to see our entries this year!

  12. Gwyn says:

    I have a love/hate relationship with Make it Golden. I LOVE reading them. I HATE having to choose! We’ve been blessed with some wonderful entries in the past. Hoping for more of the same this year.

  13. Addison Fox says:

    I’m so looking forward to this!!!!!! And I’m with Gwyn – the choosing is the hardest part!


  14. Greta says:

    Is it that time of year already? Looking forward to the contest, Rubies!


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