MAKE IT GOLDEN CONTEST – Update Announcement!!

Yes, Loyal Readers, it’s nearly the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood Blog’s SECOND birthday, and we’re celebrating big-time all along the yellow brick road! Our official Birthday Bash is on September 21st, and just like last year, WE’LL be the ones giving away the gifts! Be sure to grab a glass of virtual champagne and join us for the festivities!!

Then, on September 23rd, we’ll be repeating our MAKE IT GOLDEN CONTEST , and giving all of you a terrific chance to shine (plus have a chance to earn more great prizes!!)

As you may remember from last year, the MAKE IT GOLDEN contest is designed for unpublished authors who are polishing up their entries for RWA’s Golden Heart Contest–the contest that brought the Ruby Sisters together when we were finalists together in 2009.

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.  (And may we point out–with a lovely little glow of pride–that finalist Arlene Hittle did indeed go on to be named a finalist in Golden Heart 2011.)

Finalists and winners from last year are welcome to enter again, BUT ALL ENTRIES MUST BE NEW!!


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

Anyone eligible to enter the 2012 Golden Heart (see RWA’s rules here) is eligible to enter (though, of course, Rubies are not eligible), and the best part is, there’s no entry fee.

In other words, 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 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.

We will close to entries at midnight the same day. 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.


In other news, Loyal Readers, here’s some more trivia about the Rubies that you just might want to have handy during our Birthday Bash on September 21:

3 Rubies have fallen out of speeding cars.  

Sara Ramsey worked in India

Louisa Cornell is a retired opera singer and sang for Luciano Pavarotti.

Hope Ramsay’s books are set in a small town in South Carolina.

Ruby Beth Langston is a veteran.

13 responses to “MAKE IT GOLDEN CONTEST – Update Announcement!!”

  1. Rita Henuber says:

    Falling out of speeding cars? Yikeea!

  2. We received some really great entries last year. So much fun to read, but so hard to choose! Looking forward to seeing what this year’s entrants throw at us.

  3. Jenn! says:

    I’m so looking forward to another great first line contest. Last year was so much fun and, wow, what talent!


  4. […] MAKE IT GOLDEN contest is designed for unpubbed authors who are polishing up their entries for the RWA Golden […]

  5. […] are lots of ways to win today, plus the chance to win more prizes when our Second Annual MAKE IT GOLDEN CONTEST kicks off on Friday….when you’ll have a chance to win your Golden Heart entry fee (or […]

  6. ENTRY

    Twenty-five was too young to die.

  7. Rob Preece says:


  8. Diane Garner says:


    As Itzel had grown from a little girl into a young woman, the priests and her parents had always told her that she would die with honor as a virgin sacrifice in the Sacred Cenote.

  9. Diane Garner says:

    Hi Sisterhood,
    Maybe I’m being blind, but I can’t find if there is any limit on entries per person. Help. Thanks.

  10. Tracy Brogan says:

    I entered the Make It Golden Contest and was fortunate enough to land in 3rd place with my historical entry, HIGHLAND PROMISE. It went on to be a Golden Heart finalist in 2012 and is now published as HIGHLAND SURRENDER! Had the Rubies not voted for me, I might still be languishing in obscurity 🙂
    I use my Ruby journal to write down great quotes from my favorite authors.


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