Saturday, May 12, 2018

2018 Great Expectations Winners

The North Texas Romance Writers of America Chapter
is proud to announce the
2018 Great Expectations Contest Results

Congratulations to all who entered and put your work in the hands of strangers.
*denotes multiple finalist

CONTEMPORARY SERIES
Final Round Editor:  Brittany Lavery ~ Assistant Editor, HQN 

First Place: Fallen Comrade by Jillian David
Second Place: Stealing Her Heart by Tanya Agler
Third Place: Just for Kicks by Keri Kelly
Honorable Mention: Second Time Around by Danielle Haas*

(Alternate Earth, Dystopian, Fantasy, Futuristic, Paranormal, Time Travel)
Final Round Editor:  Kristine Swartz ~ Associate Editor, Berkley Publishing Group

First Place: An Enchanted Superhero by Melanie McCarthy
Second Place: Breathtaking: Resurrection by Olivia Ryder
Third Place: Fated Bond by Meagan Watts
Honorable Mention: A Moment After Dark by Janet Raye Stevens*

Final Round Editor:   Elle Keck ~ Assistant Editor, Avon Books

First Place: Appetites and Vices by Felicia Grossman
Second Place: Captain of My Heart by Karla Kratovil
Third Place: To Steal a Highland Heart by Pamela Labud
Honorable Mention: The Arrangement by CK MacKenzie


Final Round Editor:  Raela Schoenherr ~ Acquisitions Editor, Bethany House Publishers

First Place: Secondhand Wife by Kaylene Greenig
Second Place: Final Call by Connie Queen
Third Place: Remember Not by Barbara Ellin Fox
Honorable Mention: The Memory of Blue by Emily Blackwood

Final Round Editor:  Marla Daniels ~ Assistant Editor, Simon and Schuster

First Place: The Map with No Names by Kristin Judy (Full Request)
Second Place: True Courage by Kathryn Barrett
Third Place: The Baby Between Us by Nicole Hohmann
Honorable Mention: Ruin of Souls by Hunter Skye

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE         
Final Round Editor:   Lexi Smail ~ Assistant Editor, Grand Central Publishing

First Place: Grounded by Danger by Danielle M. Haas*
Second Place: Trouble on Her Trail by Janalyn Knight
Third Place: Matched with Murder by Danielle M. Haas*
Honorable Mention: Prime Maple by Chess Kendle

SINGLE TITLE            
Final Round Editor:   Gabrielle Kelly ~ Editorial Assistant, Grand Central Publishing

First Place: On the Rocks by Kayla Brite
Second Place: Cole for Christmas by Janet Raye Stevens*
Third Place: The Courtship of Valentina by Rebecca Smith
Honorable Mention: The Billionaire’s Prince by Angelina M. Lopez

Final Round Editor: Alice Jerman, Assistant Editor, HarperCollins

First Place: Unseen by Rachel Scott
Second Place: Below the Surface by Arel Jansen
Third Place: Our Red String by Kimberly MacCarron
Honorable Mention: All the Stars in the Ocean by Jennifer Camiccia

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL GREAT EXPECTATIONS FINALISTS!

Fenley Grant
Amanda Byrd
Carolyn Rae
Susan Person
2017 Great Expectations Co-chairpersons

Sunday, March 4, 2018

2018 Finalists

The North Texas Romance Writers of America Chapter

is proud to announce the
Great Expectations 2018 Finalists

CONTEMPORARY SERIES
Final Round Editor:  Brittany Lavery ~ Assistant Editor, HQN 

Fallen Comrade by Jillian David
Just for Kicks by Keri Kelly
Stealing Her Heart by Tanya Agler
Second Time Around by Danielle Haas*

FANTASY, FUTURISTIC & PARANORMAL
(Alternate Earth, Dystopian, Fantasy, Futuristic, Paranormal, Time Travel)
Final Round Editor:  Kristine Swartz ~ Associate Editor, Berkley Publishing Group

A Moment After Dark by Janet Raye Stevens*
An Enchanted Superhero by Melanie McCarthy
Breathtaking: Resurrection by Olivia Ryder
Fated Bond by Meagan Watts


HISTORICAL
Final Round Editor:   Elle Keck ~ Assistant Editor, Avon Books

Appetites and Vices by Felicia Grossman
The Arrangement by CK MacKenzie
Captain of My Heart by Karla Kratovil
To Steal a Highland Heart by Pamela Labud


INSPIRATIONAL
Final Round Editor:  Raela Schoenherr ~ Acquisitions Editor, Bethany House Publishers

Remember Not by Barbara Ellin Fox
Secondhand Wife by Kaylene Greenig
The Memory of Blue by Emily Blackwood
Final Call by Connie Queen


MAINSTREAM with ROMANTIC ELEMENTS  
Final Round Editor:  Marla Daniels ~ Assistant Editor, Simon and Schuster

The Baby Between Us by Nicole Hohmann
The Map with No Names by Judy Kristin
Ruin of Souls by Hunter Skye
True Courage by Kathryn Barrett


ROMANTIC SUSPENSE         
Final Round Editor:   Lexi Smail ~ Assistant Editor, Grand Central Publishing

Grounded by Danger by Danielle Haas*
Matched with Murder by Danielle Haas*
Prime Maple by Chess Kendle
Trouble on Her Trail by Janalyn Knight


SINGLE TITLE            
Final Round Editor:   Madeleine Colavita ~ Associate Editor, Hachette Book Group

The Billionaire’s Prince by Angelina M. Lopez
Cole for Christmas by Janet Raye Stevens*
The Courtship of Valentina by Rebecca Smith
On the Rocks by Kayla Brite


YOUNG ADULT 
Final Round Editor: Alice Jerman, Assistant Editor, HarperCollins

All the Stars in the Ocean by Jennifer Camiccia
Below the Surface by Arel Jansen
Our Red String by Kimberly MacCarron
Unseen by Rachel Scott


CONGRATULATIONS
TO ALL THE
FINALISTS!

Best of Luck to the finalists as they submit their work to our final round editors.
*denotes double finalist, listed in alphabetical order by title
PERMISSION TO FORWARD is GRANTED AND ENCOURAGED

~Amanda
Amanda Byrd
2017 Great Expectations Co-chairperson
GECoordinator@NTRWA.org
NTRWAGreatExpectations.blogspot.com
www.NTRWA.org

Friday, February 23, 2018

Tips & Articles for the Writer

In no particular order...we have tried to group by subject.
NTRWA does not endorse or benefit in any way from the purchase of any material. The resource materials have been collected by members, judges and contestants to help writers improve their craft.

BOOKS
ON-LINE RESOURCES
Character Arc Progression Tool (PDF)
Setting exercises (PDF)
Character Profile Questionnaire (PDF) 

FORMATTING

 SCENES & SETTING


AUTHOR INTRUSION


BACK STORY


BASIC WRITING MISTAKES


CHARACTERS


DESCRIPTION

DIALOGUE, DIALOGUE TAGS / ATTRIBUTIONS


EDITING


FILTER WORDS & WORD CHOICE

NON-VERBALS


POV

  
SHOW vs TELL

   

GE JUDGING TIPS
Here are the shortcuts to all the pages:
We're always interested in articles about editing, how-to-write, constructive shortcuts or inspiration. 

Please feel free to send suggestions to the GEcoordinator@NTRWA.org


~ ~ ~
Most of the opinions on judging and interpreting the questions’ intent are my own words. I’ve been in the business over 15 years and have spoken to many authors, gathering information. A lot of the time when a question is asked, I go to authors who publish in that genre for advice. Please use your own expertise and experience, but keep our humble interpretations in mind.
~Thanks, Angi Morgan

Contributions and edits by Fenley Grant.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Friends, we need your help.


We’ve sent notices to the four corners of romance. . . but we need more judges.

Would you consider judging one or two entries OR forwarding our plea to any writing organization you’re a part of?  

If you don’t feel qualified, take a look at what a first-time judge had to say:

“This is my first time judging for your contest, and I have to say that truly, this was the most positive judging experience I've had. Your resources and blog training were so helpful, and the emphasis on positivity and constructive criticism nearly brought tears to my eyes. In particular, seeing your post on all the judge comments you've received - for a book that was bought by Harlequin with no edits - really helped me as a writer. I enter a lot of contests, too, and there have been several where the judges forgot that I was a human being. One most recently was rough, but judging in this contest really vindicated that experience. Thanks for doing such a great job organizing, training, and encouraging both entrants and judges.” Brandi S.

Please send your friends here to our blog site to sign up. Or pass along our direct link: 


We hope you can help,
~Angi

NTRWA GE Judge Coordinator


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Our judge training is posted on-line for convenience but also so the entrant can review the tips.

The training is reviewed each year.
Changes are made to the original posting.

Here are the shortcuts to all the pages:

We're always interested in articles about editing, how-to-write, constructive shortcuts or inspiration. Please feel free to send suggestions to the GEcoordinator@NTRWA.org



Tuesday, January 30, 2018

DEADLINE EXTENDED

THE NTRWA 2018 GREAT EXPECTATIONS CONTEST DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO
JANUARY 31, 2018, MIDNIGHT, CENTRAL TIME

Our Contemporary Series Romance category is ONE entry short of qualifying as a category, so we’re extending the entry deadline for ALL CATEGORIES to Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at Midnight, Central time.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS (See website or blog for details on entry format)
·                5,000 word entry limit, instead of page count
·                NO synopsis or blurb
Finalists will be asked to include an unjudged synopsis for editors.

DEADLINES & FEES
FEES:
·       $25 for members of North Texas and DARA chapters of RWA
·       $30 for all other entrants
NEW DEADLINE:
·                WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2018-Midnight, Central Time: Entry and payment must be received

CATEGORIES & FINAL ROUND EDITORS

CONTEMPORARY SERIES ROMANCE
Brittany Lavery ~ Assistant Editor, HQN
Romantic series novels. If your manuscript is a series romantic suspense, you may enter the Contemporary Series category or the Romantic Suspense category. Please check our score sheets to see which benefits your writing. 

HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Elle Keck ~ Assistant Editor, Avon Books
Romantic novels with non-contemporary settings, including regency & gothic romances. 

INSPIRATIONAL ROMANCE
Raela Schoenherr ~ Acquisitions Editor, Bethany House
Romantic novels with an inspirational message/theme, including romantic suspense, historical, etc. 
MAINSTREAM with ROMANTIC ELEMENTS
Marla Daniels ~ Assistant Editor, Simon and Schuster
Novels that include an element of romance but in which traditional romance conventions are not followed and in which there are themes and conflicts beyond romance. Mainly women’s fiction and chick lit. 

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
Lexi Smail ~ Assistant Editor, Grand Central Publishing
Romantic novels that include an element of mystery or suspense. Since the final round editor will be from a single title publisher, contestants may want to enter series romantic suspense in the contemporary series category.

SINGLE TITLE ROMANCE
Madeleine Colavita ~ Associate Editor, Hachette Book Group
Romantic, contemporary novels released as individual titles. 

SPECIALIZED ROMANCE
Kristine Swartz ~ Associate Editor, Berkley Publishing Group
Romantic novels of any time setting (historical or futuristic) with Alternate Earth Histories, Dystopian, Futuristic, Fantasy, Time Travel, Paranormal or Urban Fantasy. Please keep in mind that the emphasis should be on the romance. 

YOUNG ADULT
Alice Jerman ~ Assistant Editor, HarperCollins 
Novels appropriate for young adult readers. Includes young adult heroes and heroines not exceeding 18 years of age. 

Erotic Romance – Do to a continued lack of entries, we've had to cancel the Erotic Romance category. Erotic entries can now be made in any category. Please indicate EROTIC in the header and on the entry form heat level. Please review our score sheets to see if your entry will benefit from comments.

Questions? Contact our Contest Chairs at GECoordinator@NTRWA.org

For more information or to enter, go to http://ntrwagreatexpectations.blogspot.com or http://www.ntrwa.org/contest/contest.aspx