The Royal Ascot Contest
The 2015 Beau Monde Royal Ascot Contest
The Beau Monde Chapter of RWA is pleased to announce the 2015 Royal Ascot contest. It is held annually and is the perfect opportunity to receive feedback on your work and perhaps get it seen by an editor or agent.
The winner will be announced at the Beau Monde Soiree in New York City on Wednesday, July 22, 2015.
- Open to unpublished authors and published writers seeking representation and/or a publisher.
- All works entered should be unpublished (self or traditional) and uncontracted. Note: A self-published work is considered “published”.
- All entries must have at least partial Regency (Late Georgian) setting, broadly defined: within the United Kingdom between 1780 and 1840.
- Entrants may re-submit any entry that has finaled but not won the contest.
- The contest opens February 16, 2015.
- Entries must be received no later than March 27, 2015.
- Finalists will be announced May 24, 2015.
- The winner will be announced at the Beau Monde Soiree on July 22, 2015 (you need not be present to win)
- $25 for Beau Monde members for first entry
- $30 for non-members for first entry
- $20 for each subsequent entry
- First 7,000 words (determined by computer word count) and an optional 1-2 page double-spaced synopsis.
- Entries should be in standard manuscript format (double-spaced, 12 point Courier or Times New Roman font, 1-inch margins, no more than 25 lines per page).
- Headers: Category on the left side of the header and title and page numbers on the right.
- Electronic entries only. No paper entries allowed.
- Entrant’s name should not be anywhere on the entry.
- Format: .doc or .rtf
Failure to meet the submission guidelines will result in disqualification and a return of your entry fee.
- $100.00 and a certificate for Grand Prize Winner
- $25.00 and a certificate for all Finalists
- Grand Prize Winner and Finalists will be featured in all publicity.
First Round Judges: Three judges, at least one published in Regency Romance. Lowest score will be dropped. In the event of a tie, the third score will determine which entry moves on to the final round.
Final Round Judges: Agents and Editors (TBD)
In first round, the lowest score will be dropped. In the event of a tie, the third score will determine which entry moves on to the final round.
The top four finalists will advance to the final round. Only one grand prize winner will be chosen.
Categories are used to determine first round judges only, and include:
- Regency Historical (longer Regency or Mainstream Regency-set)
- Hot Regency (Very sensual to Erotic Regency, at author’s discretion)
- Wild Regency (Paranormal, Time Travel, other similar Regency)
- Sweet & Mild Regency (Traditional, Inspirational, Young Adult or other without explicit sex)
THE 2015 ROYAL ASCOT COMMITTEE
QUESTIONS? NEED HELP?
If you have any questions or need help with your entry, please feel free to contact the contest coordinators at beaumonderoyalascot ( at ) gmail ( dot) com.
Angelina Barbin, co-coordinator
Justine Covington, co-coordinator