Festival of Romance New Talent Award 2012

Exciting news for aspiring romance writers!!
Have you heard about the Festival of Romance New Talent Award?

New Talent Award aims to uncover romantic fiction authors of the future

The Festival of Romance is delighted to announce that the New Talent Award will run again this year. The industry judges are Georgina Hawtrey-Woore, senior editor at Cornerstones, Random House, and Diane Banks, literary agent at the Diane Banks Associates Literary Agency.

The Festival of Romance New Talent Award aims to cast a spotlight on the authors of tomorrow and is open to all writers who have not yet had a book commercially published. Writers may submit the opening chapter (up to 3,500 words) of a romantic novel of any type by 30th September 2012. The winner and runners-up will be announced and presented with trophies at the gala Festival of Romance Awards on Friday 16th November 2012. There is a small entry fee to cover the award administration. Entrants may also gain a critique of their entry written by a professional novelist.

“As part of the Festival of Romance we want to help new writers with talent get their break into the commercial fiction world,” says Kate Allan, chief romantic at the Festival of Romance. “At the Festival of Romance in November we are running writing workshops, an industry conference and chance to meet publishers face to face as well as the New Talent Award. I’m delighted that Georgina Hawtrey-Woore and Diane Banks have agreed to judge this year’s entries.”

Winner of the 2011 New Talent Award Henriette Gyland subsequently garnered a book deal from publishers Choc Lit. Her debut novel Up Close will be published in December 2012.

For more details about how to enter the New Talent Award, come and visit the Festival of Romance website.

What are you waiting for? Go for it… and I’ll see you at the Festival in Bedford on 16th to 18th November! Rock On… ;-)

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2 responses to “Festival of Romance New Talent Award 2012

  1. Rebecca Bradley

    This new talent award sounds really great. I shall share this blog link on my Facebook wall when I get home. (this WordPress app doesn’t give me the capability).

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