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Fifth Annual Make It Golden Contest Entry Day!!!!!

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update: the contest has closed to entries! please check for the list of finalists at one minute past midnight, right at the start of  September 26.

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The MAKE IT GOLDEN contest is designed for unpublished authors who are polishing up their entries for RWA’s Golden Heart Contest.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

Check out past Make It Golden contests here and here.

9781615530137_p0_v2_s260x420Just 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 $50 Golden Heart entry fee! 

SECOND PLACE: a critique of the first 25 pages of your manuscript from Ruby Sister Heather McCollum.

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

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

Anyone eligible to enter the 2015 Golden Heart (see 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 no more than 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 24th (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 these rules (go over the 50 word limit, do not start with the word ENTRY, or more than two entries from the same person, or any entry from someone not eligible for RWA’s Golden Heart Contest) will result in the entry being disqualified.

Ten finalists will be listed on the blog at 12:01 a.m. EST on Friday, September 26ENTRANTS SHOULD CHECK THE RUBY BLOG AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE ON SEPTEMBER 26 TO FIND OUT IF THEY ARE FINALISTS. 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. September 27 (in other words, 24 hours), to post an expanded entry, starting with that 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.) Again type ENTRY in caps at the top and post your expanded entry.

The three winners will be announced on the blog on Tuesday, September 30.

 

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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.

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 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.

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 IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

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!!

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30: WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

 

Make It Golden Contest – Post Your Entries!

THE THIRD 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 past Make It Golden contests here.

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 the grand prize: having the Rubies pay your $50 Golden Heart entry fee!  (Full prize list and complete rules follow below).

Anyone eligible to enter the 2013 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!

PRIZES:

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

SECOND PRIZE: A 25-page critique (any genre) from RITA Award winning author (and most excellent Ruby) Darynda Jones

THIRD PRIZE: A beautiful Ruby Slipper Ring Holder to remind you that you’re not alone on the yellow brick road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

OFFICIAL RULES — PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:

  • Finalists and winners from last year are welcome to enter again, BUT ALL ENTRIES MUST BE NEW!
  • We will only accept the first 100 entries.
  • Due to the entry cap, only ONE entry 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 which manuscript you want to enter. We want to be fair to all participants and give everyone an equal opportunity to participate.
  • Starting at 12:01 a.m. on September 24th (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. Please do not leave us hanging in the middle of a sentence! Find a good stopping hook (at 50 words or less) and use that. PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A CHANGE FROM LAST YEAR’S RULES where we were only accepting the first line.
  • 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 these rules (go over the 50 word limit, do not start with the word ENTRY, or more than one entry from the same person) will result in being disqualified.

Ten finalists will be listed on the blog at 12:01 a.m. EST on Monday, October 3rdENTRANTS SHOULD CHECK THE RUBY BLOG AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE ON OCTOBER 3rd 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 October 3rd (in other words, almost 24 hours), to post an expanded entry, starting with that 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.) Again type ENTRY in caps at the top and post your expanded entry.

The three winners will be announced on the blog October 8th.

 

Announcement: The Third Annual ‘Make it Golden’ Contest!

ARE YOU READY?

The Rubies have TWO big events coming up and you don’t want to miss out on either one of them!

First, on September 21st, it’s the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood blog’s THIRD birthday bash, and once again, we’re putting on a huge celebration where WE’LL be giving away the gifts! Books, critiques, gift cards — I guarantee you do NOT want to miss this!

The second date to mark on your calendar is SEPTEMBER 24th, when the Rubies will be hosting their third annual MAKE IT GOLDEN contest.

As you may remember from previous years, 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 2011 finalists here.

PRIZES:

First Prize: Golden Heart Entry Fee
Second Prize: Critique of first 25 pages (any genre) by RITA Award Winning Author (and our very own fab Ruby) Darynda Jones
Third Prize: A beautiful Ruby Slipper Ring Holder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OFFICIAL RULES:

  • Anyone eligible to enter the 2013 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!!
  • Finalists and winners from last year are welcome to enter again, BUT ALL ENTRIES MUST BE NEW!
  • We will accept the first 100 entries.
  • Due to the entry cap, only ONE entry 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 which manuscript you want to enter. We want to be fair to all participants and give everyone an equal opportunity to participate.
  • Starting at 12:01 a.m. on September 24th, 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. Please do not leave us hanging in the middle of a sentence! Find a good stopping hook (at 50 words or less) and use that. PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A CHANGE FROM LAST YEAR’S RULES where we were only accepting the first line.
  • Any entries that violate these rules (go over the 50 word limit, do not start with the word ENTRY, or more than one entry from the same person) will result in that entry being disqualified.

Ten finalists will be listed on the blog at 12:01 a.m. EST on Monday, October 3rd. ENTRANTS SHOULD CHECK THE RUBY BLOG AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE ON OCTOBER 3rd 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 October 3rd (in other words, almost 24 hours), to post an expanded entry, starting with that fabulous 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.) Again type ENTRY in caps and post, your expanded entry (max. 250 words).

The three winners will be announced on the blog October 8th.

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st: The Ruby Slippered Sisterhood Birthday Bash!
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th: Starting at 12:01 a.m., we will accept the first one hundred entries for the contest.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 3rd: Ten finalists will be announced on the Ruby blog.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 8th: WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

We are so excited for both our Birthday Bash and our Make it Golden Contest and hope you’ll join us on the blog for these amazing events!

Make It Golden Contest – Winners Announced!

Wow, finalists—you made this hard for us!!!

First, we asked for attention-grabbing opening lines, and got 100 outstanding candidates.

Then the Rubies narrowed the list to their favorite ten, and the authors had one day to give us more of the opening: a maximum of 250 words.

The entries lived up to the promise of their first lines: we were hooked, and wished we could read more of every one!

But in the end, we had to pick just three—not an easy task.  The polls kept shifting through the weekend, and in the end, TWO were tied for third place.  Which means we’ve got FOUR winners!

The two Third Place winners get a ruby-slipper journal to pen even more fabulous romance novel openings. Our Second Place winner gets a $20 bookstore gift certificate (Amazon or Barnes & Noble, winner’s choice):

And our First Place winner gets the Grand Prize: the Rubies pay the author’s Golden Heart entry fee!

And as good as our First Place winner is, that’s a perfect fit, since we think this author (not to mention the rest of our top ten!) should be entering the Golden Heart prontissimo….

For maximum suspense, the winners are announced from Third Place to First….after the jump.

Make It Golden Contest – Finalists Announced!

Holy guacamole—what fabulous first lines!!

The Rubies read them all, and were amazed by the variety and creative awesomeness; we’re dying to know what happens next in all these stories!!!

Thanks to the power of voting, we did manage to narrow the field down from ONE HUNDRED to only ten.  Well, actually eleven, because voting was super-tight, and we had a four-way tie for the last three places.

Even with that extra finalist, it truly pained us to leave so many fabulous entries behind—we’d love to read expanded versions of every single one, and can’t wait to see those sentences opening your published books!

For today, though, only ten (or, okay, actually eleven) can return to the field of battle.

The Top-Ten Top-Eleven First Round Finalists will appear (in RANDOM ORDER) when you click on the double arrow button below.

If you see your first line, that’s your cue to enter your EXPANDED entry in one of the Comments boxes below today’s post. Include your first line again, then the following few sentences until you reach a *maximum* of 250 total words. Please put the word ENTRY in all caps at the top again (and, no, that doesn’t count as one of your 250 words). Remember, if you go over 250 words, you’re disqualified, so COUNT CAREFULLY!!

Expanded entries must be entered by MIDNIGHT EDT on September 27 to qualify for the final round.

Thanks to EVERYONE who entered!!!

DRUMROLL PLEASE!!!!! THE TOP TEN FIRST-ROUND FINALISTS ARE:

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.

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!!

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

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.

ONLY NEW ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED. NO REPEATS FROM LAST YEAR, PLEASE!!!

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.

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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.

Announcing the 2012 MAKE IT GOLDEN Contest!!

September is the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood’s BIRTHDAY month! Consider this your invitation to join us for a fabulous birthday bash (with fabulous giveaways!!) on the second anniversary of our blog, September 21!

As part of our celebration, we’re going to repeat last year’s wonderful MAKE IT GOLDEN Contest!

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 a 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.

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.

ONLY NEW ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED. NO REPEATS FROM LAST YEAR, PLEASE!!!

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

FINALISTS SHOULD CHECK BACK ON THE RUBY BLOG AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE ON TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 27 TO FIND OUT IF THEY HAVE FINALED.

The ten chosen finalists have until midnight on September 27 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.)

This contest is open to anyone eligible to enter the Golden Heart, except that Ruby Sisters are not eligible.

There is no entry fee.

Part One of the contest opens 12:01 am EST September 23rd.

Contest is limited to the first 100 entries posted in the comments that day.

Ten first-round finalists will be announced on the blog 12:01 am EST Tuesday September 27th. Finalists are responsible for checking the blog to see if they have finaled.

First-round finalists will have the rest of the day on Tuesday September 27th (until midnight EST) to post the remaining words of their expanded entries. Again type ENTRY in caps and post, along with your first sentence, the expanded entry. TOTAL words may not exceed two hundred fifty.

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

PRIZES TO BE ANNOUNCED!

ANNOUNCING the WINNERS of the MAKE IT GOLDEN CONTEST!!!

YOU’VE GOT US HOOKED!!

The competition’s been absolutely amazing!

First, we asked for attention-grabbing opening lines, and got 79 outstanding candidates.

Then the Rubies narrowed the list to their favorite ten, and the authors had one day to give us more of the opening: a maximum of 250 words.

The entries all lived up to the promise of their first lines: we were hooked, and wished we could read more of every one!

But in the end, we had to pick just three—not an easy task.

Third Place gets a ruby-slipper journal to pen even more fabulous romance novel openings. Second Place gets a $20 book-store gift certificate. And First Place gets the Grand Prize: the Rubies pay the author’s Golden Heart entry fee!

And as good as our First Place winner is, that’s a perfect fit, since we think this author (not to mention the rest of our top ten!) should be entering the Golden Heart prontissimo….

For maximum suspense, the winners are announced from Third Place to First….after the jump.

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