Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The 2019 Sheila Contest Final Round Results


The Sheila Contest 2019

Final Round Finalists!

Here are the Finalists' Placements:

Judged by Rhonda Penders, Wild Rose Press 

1st Place - Love Me Like a Love Song  by Annmarie Boyle
2nd Place - Fight For It  by Jessie Harper
3rd Place - Something to Talk About  by Despina Karras
4th Place - A Fast Woman  by Laralynn Doran
5th Place - Love In An Elevator  by Kilby Blades

Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal
Judged by Lori Polito, Soul Mate Publishing

1st Place - Child of Eden  by Laralynn Doran
2nd Place - In Blood and Ice  by Susan Person
3rd Place - Seditious Hearts  by Renee Wildes
4th Place - Hex, Love, & Rock N Roll  by Kat Turner
5th Place - Praetorian Rising  by Lisa Knight

Judged by Claudia Fallon, Wild Rose Press

1st Place - Moonshine River by Marie Wells Coutu
2nd Place - Tempting a Thief  by Emmaline Warden
3rd Place - Maiden of Dreams  by Susan Varno
4th Place - Uncoiled  by Susanna Lane *
5th Place - A Good Match for the Major by Josie Bonham

Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance
Judged by Scott Eagan, Greyhaus Literary Agency

1st Place -  Silent Stream by Marie Wells Coutu REQUEST FOR FULL
2nd Place - When We Were Friends by Nancy Yeager REQUEST FOR FULL
3rd Place - Keeping the Pieces by Brenda Lowder REQUEST FOR PARTIAL
4th Place - Crocodile Tears by Kilby Blades
5th Place - Legend of the Purple Orchid by Remy LaCosta

Romantic Suspense
Judged by Meghan Farrell, Tule Publishing

1st Place - Searching for Eden  by Kimberly Ford REQUEST FOR FULL
2nd Place - Raven Falls by Celeste Straub *
3rd Place - Deadly Aim  by Tracy Brody
4th Place - Forbidden Paradise by Barbara Forlenza
5th Place - The Cracking  by Anise Eden

Young Adult
Judged by Tara Gelsomino, One Track Literary Agency

1st Place - Escape the Room  by Sandi Van Lieu
2nd Place - Witch of the Wild Beasts  by Catherine Stine
3rd Place - The Keystone  by Wendy Goodman
4th Place - Song of the Sophos by A.Y. Chao
5th Place - A Scent of Lilac  by Frances McCoy

The following 1st place manuscripts are moving on to the Best of the Best Round of judging:
Love Me Like a Love Song
Child of Eden
Moonshine River 
Silent Stream
Searching for Eden
Escape the Room

The Best of the Best entries will be judged by the following authors:
  • Xio Axelrod, USA Today Bestselling Author
  • Pintip Dunn, New York Times Bestselling Author and RITA® Winne
  • Priscilla Oliveras, USA Today Bestselling Author
  • Angela Quarles, USA Today Bestselling Author and RITA® Winner
  • Laura Trentham, Multiple Golden Heart® Finalist 
  • Rebecca Zanetti, New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author 

The Best of the Best winner will be notified by phone and/or email the week of September 9th. As always, we strive to keep to our deadlines, but things can happen to prevent the announcements in this time frame, so this date is not guaranteed.

* VFRW Member

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Register now for the Lisa Cron workshop 11/5!

Valley Forge Romance Writers

is hosting a "Working Lunch Workshop"
with story coach and bestselling author 
of Story Genius and Wired for Story

Lisa Cron

Wired For Story: How to Become a Story Genius

Every writer wants two things: to tell a story that hooks readers and never lets them go, and to find a way to accomplish that without going through the long slog of endlessly writing draft after draft. This workshop will give you actionable ways to meet both goals. Instead of rooting around in your “plot” for the story, you’ll unearth the key elements specific to your story that will then create the plot, bring it to life, drive it forward, and give it meaning.

You’ll be able to zero in on what your story is actually about before you write word one, or if you’re in the midst of your umpteenth rewrite, before you write another word. 

You'll not only produce a more powerful novel, chances are you'll drastically reduce your rewrite time.

Saturday, October 5th, 2019, 9am - 4pm

Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA