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Thanks again to everybody who joined us for our Blog-O-Versary bash, and to the 79 entrants who boldly offered their first lines for our Make It Golden Contest!  The Rubies read them all, marveling at the variety and hilarity and overall wonderfulness, and struggled to narrow the field to ten.

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 can return to the field of battle.

The Top-Ten 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).

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

Celebrate the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood Blog-o-versary & Enter the Make It Golden Contest!


The Ruby Sisters have been blogging together for a full year now, every single weekday since September 21, 2009. And we’re still going strong!

We’re celebrating by throwing our FIRST EVER CONTEST, the Make It Golden Contest.  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 Golden Heart entry fee. (Complete rules and full prize list follow below). Remember: only the FIRST ONE HUNDRED ENTRIES QUALIFY, so be quick!! (Update as of 10:15 p.m. EST: We’re up to 75 entries! With less than two hours to go before the deadline, we’ve still got room for a few more, so jump on board!!)

Plus, as a special birthday surprise, we’re giving out some fabulous blog-o-versary prizes TODAY!!! A few randomly-selected folks who leave a comment today (either an entry or a regular comment wishing us well on our birthday) will win books by Ruby Sisters, who’ll be popping in throughout the day to announce winners. One randomly-selected commenter will win a $20 Barnes & Noble e-gift-certificate.  Look for a special post at the end of the day today for a full list of blog-o-versary prize winners!

Announcing our “Make It Golden” Contest!

The Ruby Sisters’ blog will celebrate its FIRST birthday September 21st. We can hardly believe it. Time does fly when you’re having fun. To celebrate we’ve decided to have a contest. Yippee!  We’re calling it the Make It Golden Contest.   Grand prize is your Golden Heart entry fee.

We want to thank all of you with a big Tin Man heart for being faithful followers and offer an incentive to polish your Golden Heart entry.

Starting at 12:01 a.m. on Monday Tuesday September 21st, we will accept one hundred FIRST lines of a romance manuscript. We will close to entries at midnight. Any words past that first sentence period or posted after midnight and the Wicked Witch of the West will DQ you. And that doesn’t mean you will be going to Dairy Queen.

Why Make It Golden? It’s a Scarecrow no-brainer.  All the Sisters believe openings are key to finaling in the Golden Heart. The opening is the most important part of the book. It has to grab the reader, contest judge, agent and editor immediately and force them to keep turning pages and reading. If you attended any of the agent /editor panels in Orlando, you got an idea of how important agents and editors think openings are.

With this contest you get the chance to see how your opening grabs The Ruby Sisters. Show us what you’ve got. Does your story start in black and white or brilliant Technicolor?  The Sisters will read the first lines and choose ten finalists. Those ten will then give us MORE of the story, starting with the first sentence, and continuing with the next consecutive lines up to a MAXIMUM TOTAL of 250 words.  We will count.  Anymore and… you guessed it… you will be DQ’d and maybe have to contend with a Flying Monkey or two.

Tell your critique partners and chapter mates. Polish, polish, polish; make every word count.  Don’t be a cowardly lion, follow us down the Yellow Brick Road as you Make it Golden.


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

There is no entry fee.

Contest opens 12:01 am EST September 21st.

Contest is limited to first 100 entries.

Contest closes 11:59 pm EST September 21st.

Enter the first sentence ONLY of your manuscript by posting it as a comment on the blog. At the top of your comment, type ENTRY in capital letters. On the next line enter your first sentence.  The Ruby Sisters will select all finalists.

Ten first-round finalists will be announced on the blog 12:01 am EST Monday September 27th.

Those ten finalists will have the rest of the day on Monday 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.

Not much, we know. Think having us read those two hundred fifty words and say “man, I’d love to read more of that.”  This is exactly what an agent and editor do.

The three winners will be announced on the blog Tuesday October 5th.

First prize -Golden Heart $50.00 entry fee paid.

Second prize- $20.00 B&N gift certificate.

Third prize- Ruby Slippered Sisterhood Journal

Prizes are as stated. No cash substitutes.

No feedback on entries will be provided.

The Sisters are multi-published, in print and e-book. We are PAN and PRO. We read and write in all genres. We are trained judges. We have finaled in and judged many contests.

We are Golden Heart winners, finalists and Good Witches.

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