Friday, March 16, 2012


Valley Forge Romance Writers
2012 THE SHEILA Contest


Finalists will have a week after notification to submit a revised entry for review by the final round judges. 

Deadline: All entries must be received no later than April 7, 2012 11:59 p.m., eastern standard time
Submissions: Total of 35 pages, including synopsis (not to exceed 5 pages).

Judging: Entrants will receive a detailed score sheet from four qualified judges including, whenever possible, at least one RWA Pan author. The lowest score will be dropped before determining the final score. The top five entries in each category will advance to the finals.

Categories and Final Round Judges:

Single Title Romance - Emilia Pisani, Gallery Books

Historical (short or long and Regencies) - Elizabeth Poteet, St. Martin’s Press

Fantasy/Futuristic/Paranormal - Leah Hultenschmidt, SourceBooks

Women’s Fiction with Romantic Elements - Alex Logan, Grand Central   

Romantic Suspense - Katherine Pelz, Berkeley

Young Adult - Wendy Loggia, Delcorte Press/RHCB.


- $25 for all VFRW members / $30 for all non-VFRW members.

- For non-electronic payment methods, contact the contest chair ( before April 1, 2012, to make arrangements.  Only money orders will be accepted.

- All entry fees are non-refundable except in the case of category cancellation, as stated above.

- If you have any questions, please email CONTEST@VFRW.COM

For detailed Rules and Entry Form, visit our website:

QUESTIONS: Contact Jeannine Standen, Contest Chair, at

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