Sunday, February 4, 2007

Stroke of Midnight Deadline Extended

Passionate Ink's 2006 Stroke of Midnight Contest
Deadline: Extended to 2/19/07

ALL ENTRANTS WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO RECEIVE ONE OF FIVE FREE REGISTRATIONS TO A PASSIONATE INK WORKSHOP OF THEIR CHOICE.

REMEMBER THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT CONTEST IS OPEN TO ALL AUTHORS, PUBLISHED (as long you haven't been published in the category you are entering.) AND UNPUBLISHED.

Make the first 35 pages of your novel so compelling that an editor has to have more!

Five Sizzling Finalists in Four Categories:

Contemporary - novels with erotic elements that focus on the developing romantic relationship in a contemporary setting. Includes series and single-title length romances. Can also include elements of romantic suspense/intrigue.

Historical - novels with erotic elements that focus on the developingromantic relationship in a historical setting.

Futuristic/Fantasy/Sci-fi - novels with erotic elements that focus on the developing romantic relationship in any setting in the future, an alternate world/reality, or another planet. Includes elements such as elves/faerie, sword and sorcery, aliens, etc.

Paranormal/Time Travel - novels with erotic elements that focus on the developing romantic relationship in any setting that includes elements of time travel, angels, vampires, werewolves or other paranormal themes.

All entries must be at least 25,000 words in their completed form. No novellas accepted.

Judging and Prizes:The top five finalists in each category will be ranked by the following industry professionals:

Contemporary: To Be Determined
Historical: Allison Brandau, Berkley
Futuristic/Fantasy/Sci-fi: Raelene Gorlinsky, Ellora's Cave
Paranormal/Time Travel: Rose Hilliard, St. Martin's Press

First place winners in each category will receive a free one year membership in Passionate Ink ($25 value) and a certificate. (Writing teams will split the membership.) All other finalists will receive certificates.

All entries will be returned after finalists are determined and statistical information is complete. Winners will be announced at the Passionate Ink gathering at the Romance Writers' of America National Conference in Dallas. Results will be listed on the Passionate Ink website and in the chapter's newsletter.

Email questions to Marie at strokeofmidnight@passionateink.org

Rules, Fees, and entry information can be found at: http://www.passionateink.org/contests

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