Frequently Asked Questions About Our 2011 Annual Fiction Writers’ Contest

Each year, Ozarks Romance Authors is asked a lot of the same questions about our annual fiction writers’ contest, which is named in honor of one of our founders, the late novelist Weta Nichols.

As we receive more questions via our Facebook and Twitter pages, we will post the answers here for reference.

Details about the 2011 contest, including guidelines for submission, are available by clicking HERE.

Q: When is the deadline?
A: Midnight USA Central Time on May 23, 2011. http://ow.ly/4lYIt

Q: I don’t write romance. Can I still enter?
A: Yes! Contest is open to all fiction genres. http://ow.ly/4lYIt

Q: I’m not a member of your writers’ group. Can I still enter the #writing #contest?
A: Absolutely! http://ow.ly/4lYIt

Q: Must I live in the USA to enter?
A: No! We’ve had entries from all over the world. They just need to be in English. http://ow.ly/4lYIt

Q: Is it true that published authors can’t enter the #writing #contest?
A: No. Pub authors are welcome to enter. http://ow.ly/4lYIt

Q: I placed in another #writing #contest. Can I still enter?
A: Yes, as long as the piece you submit is unpublished. http://ow.ly/4lYIt

Q: Who are the judges?
A: Final round judges are lit agent Louise Fury and Avalon editor Lia Brown. http://ow.ly/4lYIt

Q: Do I send my entire manuscript to enter the #writing #contest?
A: No, just the first 10 pages. Details here: http://ow.ly/4lYIt

Q: Can I enter your #writing #contest online?
A: Yes! All of the details are here: http://ow.ly/4lYIt

Q: I’ve never heard of your #writers #group. Are you new?
A: No. We’re a nonprofit in Missouri USA, founded in 1987. http://ow.ly/4mWt9

Q: Isn’t the deadline for your #writing #contest May 16?
A: No, we extended it to May 23, 2011, due to a PayPal glitch. http://ow.ly/4lYIt

Q: Is your #writing #contest open to writers outside of the USA?
A: Yes! As long as the manuscript is in English. http://ow.ly/4lYIt

Q: I can’t come to your #annual #conference in July. Will I be disqualified?
A: No! Winners need not be present to win. http://ow.ly/4lYIt

Q: Are there prizes available for your #writing #contest?
A: Yes! $100 1st, $50 2nd, $25 3rd. Info here: http://ow.ly/4lYIt

Q: Does the cover page count as 1 of my 10 pages?
A: No. The 10 pages should begin with page 1 of your manuscript.

Q: Should I include my dedication page? It’s very special to me.
A: No. Your 10-page limit is prime real estate. Drop us into the story.

Q: Should I use my favorite font on my submission?
A: No. Instructions are available here: http://ow.ly/4lYIt

Q: I didn’t see details on single space vs. double space.
A: This is addressed here: http://ow.ly/4lYIt

Q: Is there a theme my novel must follow to be included?
A: No. Any genre is welcome. No non-fiction or poetry.

Q: Can I enter via US mail?
A: Yes, but we prefer emailed submissions, as do most editors.

Q: I’m not good at proofing or editing. Can I still enter?
A: Yes, but proofing and editing are part of the writing process. Judges won’t polish manuscript for you.

Q: I need to include a few paragraphs to set up the story and let the judge know what’s going on. Should I count this page as 1 of the 10 pages?
A: Your 10 pages should be the first 10 pages of the manuscript. There shouldn’t be a need to share info with the judge to set up the story. The story should be strong enough to stand on its own, without explanation.

Q: I entered your contest and I’m thinking about coming to the conference. Can I register online?
A: Yes! Details about the speakers, their topics, and a link to register online are HERE.

Q: I have a really great non-fiction book. I think your judges will really like it. Can I enter?
A: We are only accepting fiction for this contest. If you are interested in submitting non-fiction, Ozarks Romance Authors publishes its own magazine, and accepts non-fiction, fiction, essays, articles, recipes, artwork, and photography by members. If you’re interested in becoming a member in order to particpate in this publication, you are welcome to visit one of our monthly meetings or email us for more information. Click HERE for information about our magazine. Click HERE for information about our monthly meetings, and/or email us at OzarksRomanceAuthors@gmail.com.

Q: How will winners be notified?
A: Winners will be announced at our 2011 Annual Conference scheduled for Saturday, July 23, 2011, at The Clarion Hotel Conference Center in Springfield, Missouri. If you are not able to attend, you will be notified via email. We will ask winners for their mailing addresses so that we can send their certificates and prizes.

Q: I’m interested in entering next year. Will you notify me when submissions are accepted?A: The easiest way for you to find out about our 2012 contest and conference would be to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Click HERE to follow us on Facebook. Click HERE to follow us on Twitter.

Q: I have a question that is not addressed here. How can I get in touch with someone?
A: Email us at OzarksRomanceAuthors@gmail.com, or call and leave a message at (417) 597-4716 and we will return your call.

2010 Weta Nichols Writing Contest Winners

The 2010 winners are:

First Place: Crista McHugh
“Lessons From a Scoundrel”
(regency romance)

Second Place: Cecily Cornelius-White
“Half Past Heavenly”
(young adult paranormal romance)

Third Place: Meg Mims
“Double Crossing”
(young adult)
Honorable Mentions:

A. R. Cummings
“The Convict and the Cattleman”
(historical romance)

Jennifer Tanner
“Heart on a String”
(contemporary romance)

2010 Weta Nichols Contest Winners

The 2010 winners are:

First Place: Crista McHugh
“Lessons From a Scoundrel”
(regency romance)

Second Place: Cecily Cornelius-White
“Half Past Heavenly”
(young adult paranormal romance)

Third Place: Meg Mims
“Double Crossing”
(young adult)
Honorable Mentions:

A. R. Cummings
“The Convict and the Cattleman”
(historical romance)

Jennifer Tanner
“Heart on a String”
(contemporary romance)