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Make It Golden Contest – Post Your Entries!

The Second Annual MAKE IT GOLDEN CONTEST opens right now!!

The MAKE IT GOLDEN contest is designed for unpublished authors who are polishing up their entries for RWA’s Golden Heart Contest.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 line is in grabbing the attention of Golden Heart judges, and this contest is a great chance to test yours out!

Check out the wonderful and hilarious 2010 finalists here.

Just post your romance manuscript’s first line today as a comment (with the word ENTRY in all caps at the top),  and you’re in the running to win the grand prize: having the Rubies pay your $50 Golden Heart entry fee. And don’t forget the nearly infinite honor and glory! (Full prize list and complete rules follow below).

Anyone eligible to enter the 2012 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 dawdle!! Multiple entries by the same author are fine, but no repeats of entries that were finalists last year.

Even though they can’t enter the contest, Rubies are welcome to post first lines just ’cause it would be fun to see them!

UPDATE 7:30 p.m. EST: WOW!!! What an amazing day, and what amazing opening lines!!  We’re definitely over 100 entries now, so the contest is CLOSED!  (We have to go through and count carefully and eliminate any entries disqualified for being more than one sentence…when that’s done, we’ll let you know where the cut-off came).  Now for the really hard part: trying to decide on our top ten!! Thanks to all who entered!

PRIZES:

FIRST PLACE: $50 Golden Heart entry fee paid for you by the Rubies!!

SECOND PLACE: $20 Amazon gift certificate

THIRD PLACE: a glittering Ruby Slipper journal

 

Official Rules of the Make It Golden Contest – READ CAREFULLY:

Starting at 12:01 a.m. on Friday September 23, we will accept one hundred entries for the contest, each containing the FIRST line 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. Anyone eligible to enter RWA’s Golden Heart Contest (except Rubies) is eligible to enter MAKE IT GOLDEN.

We will close to entries at midnight EST September 23 (in other words, the window is roughly 24 hours). Any entries that include words past the end of that first sentence, or any entries posted after midnight will (sadly) be disqualified.

The Sisters will read the first lines and choose ten finalists.

Ten finalists will be listed on the blog at 12:01 a.m. EST on Tuesday September 27th. ENTRANTS SHOULD CHECK THE RUBY BLOG AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE ON TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 27 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 midnight EST on September 27 (in other words, almost 24 hours), to post an expanded entry, starting with that fabulous first sentence, 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, along with your first sentence, the expanded entry.

The three winners will be announced on the blog October 3rd.

246 responses to “Make It Golden Contest – Post Your Entries!”

  1. Kathy Franklin says:

    ENTRY

    Waking up in the hospital not knowing who you are or how you got there has got to rate right up there with being abducted by aliens or seeing the Virgin Mary in a piece of French toast.

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  2. Helen King says:

    ENTRY

    “Another husband?”

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  3. Maura Troy says:

    ENTRY
    Reeve Buchanan had seen the photo at least a dozen times already, but the image of Tabitha Spencer’s body lying dead on a pile of garbage had so far never failed to rip a new hole in his gut.

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  4. Laurie Kellogg says:

    Wow, are we going to have trouble choosing the finalists!

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  5. ENTRY

    Lemon meringue pies, Nolan Ryan and spontaneous combustion occupied Marian’s thoughts this lovely June morning.

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  6. Maura Troy says:

    ENTRY

    Marcy wasn’t sure which would be worse about today – saying her last good bye to the man she loved or burying her husband.

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  7. Not an entry because I’m not eligible. Just sharing:

    “If the key to announcing bad news was all in the timing, George Upperton’s mistress possessed impeccable sense.”

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  8. Mary Jo Springer says:

    Entry
    Murderer! Murderer! The word bounced around in Laurie Kincaid’s head like the silver sphere of a pin ball machine.

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  9. Amanda Brice says:

    These are some GREAT first lines!

    I just did a super quick count, and I think we’re up to 94 entries. Only room for 6 more!!!!

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  10. Gina Dann says:

    ENTRY

    Virginia, June 1862- Emma Silvers was not afraid to shoot Yankees.

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  11. Gina Danna says:

    ENTRY

    “What is your answer, pirate?”

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  12. Karen Ritter says:

    Madeline Anderson wanted to pull her hair out; she had put her five-year-old daughter to bed before she called the highway patrol and the hospitals between here and her husband’s law firm.

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  13. ENTRY

    “Kit Landry was going to die in a bathroom – just like Elvis.”

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  14. Peggy Beaty says:

    ENTRY

    Hart McCloud was back in town and all Cleo could think of was how much does he know?

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  15. ENTRY

    Even a casual observer of the goings-on at Number 52 Threadneedle Street couldn’t help but take note of the gentleman leaning in deceptive idleness against the doorway of Spears, Coyne, and Leicester, one gleaming Hessian boot crossed over its twin as he watched the street from under dark eyebrows.

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  16. Amanda Brice says:

    We’ll have to do one last count, but it looks like we may have hit 100 entries. If so, then we’ll be CLOSED!

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  17. Diane Garner says:

    ENTRY

    “Virgin?”

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  18. Sally Stotter says:

    ENTRY

    When the vestibule door opened to a church full of wedding guests, Jacey Hendricks froze.

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  19. Alexa Bourne says:

    I would not want to be on the selection committee. The choice for the top 10 would be too difficult!

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  20. Kali Robaina says:

    Noelle stomped her foot and scowled at Dionysus, daring him to tell her one more time that she was going to die as a successful, drug-addicted musician at the age of twenty-seven.

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    • Kali Robaina says:

      ENTRY

      Noelle stomped her foot and scowled at Dionysus, daring him to tell her one more time that she was going to die as a successful, drug-addicted musician at the age of twenty-seven.

      (too eager…)

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  21. Calista Cahill says:

    I have so enjoyed reading all these lines, I am grateful for the chance to enter and wish everyone one luck. I know there are several that i have read that I would be quite interested in reading the rest of the story just to see where those first lines lead.
    ^_^

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  22. Lia Davis says:

    ENTRY

    A cool sensation passed over Kalissa Bradenton’s subconscious as she entered her bedroom.

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  23. Amanda Brice says:

    What a fun day! It’s going to be so hard to decide on the top ten. SOOOOO many good ones!

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  24. admin says:

    Okay, I just combed back through the list of entries, and it looks like with a couple of DQs and some duplicates I counted, we actually hit 100 wtih Lia Davis’s entry!!!

    So everybody who submitted prior to the posting of this message (unless DQ’ed for having more than one sentence) is in the contest!!

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