Central Ohio Fiction Writers (COFW) Contest! A Fundraiser & A Way to Get Published!


Central Ohio Fiction Writers (COFW) 21st Annual Ignite the Flame Contest

All entries must be electronic.

The COFW Ignite the Flame Contest will begin accepting entries on June 1, 2015.  All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on July 15, 2015.

Entrants must be unpublished in book-length fiction (minimum 40k) in the last five years.  Unpublished means the author or authors have not accepted a publishing offer for, or self-published, a work of original fictional narrative prose.

All entrants will receive first-round judges’ scores and comments.

Fee:  $20/COFW members and $25/non COFW members.

Contest Description:  Our contest is named Ignite the Flame for a reason. We want to lose ourselves in 15 pages of your unpublished manuscript as your hero and heroine experience that first spark of attraction, that irresistible heat drawing them together.  So kindle that fire–show us your first meeting, the surprise reunion, an awkward introduction or the unforgettable moment of initial awareness. Thrill us with the promise of what is to come. Tease us with a little flicker that is destined to become an inferno.

Submission Guidelines:  Your name must not appear anywhere on the 15-page submission.  Your submission must be in Times New Roman font, 12 point, double-spaced, paragraphs indented five spaces first line only.  Page numbers must appear in the upper right-hand corner, and the title/genre of the manuscript must appear in the upper left-hand corner on all pages.  Your submission may be less than 15 pages, but must not exceed 15 pages.

Submit a 500 word synopsis with your entry.  The synopsis will not be considered part of your 15-page submission, nor will it be judged.

Judges:  First round judges will be published authors.

Winners:  The top scorer in each category will receive:  a $30 cash prize, a certificate, a critique from the judges and their entry will be read by an agent or editor.  The editor/agent is not obligated to write a critique, but may do so.  COFW hopes all of our top scorers receive a submission request.  Second and third place winners will receive certificates and critiques from the judges.

Email your entry form, submission and synopsis to the contest coordinator at:  ignitetheflamecontest@gmail.com.

2015 Categories:  Unless noted below, contest category definitions match those of the RWA National Golden Heart/RITA Contest.

Contemporary Romance: Includes series length, single title length & romantic suspense in a current, contemporary setting,  Manuscripts may be set from 1950 to the present and should focus primarily on the romantic relationship.

Historical Romance:  Manuscripts may be set in any time period prior to 1950 and should focus primarily on the evolution of the romantic relationship.

Paranormal/Fantasy/Futuristic/Time Travel:  The future, a fantasy world, or paranormal elements are an integral part of the plot.  The love story is the main focus of the manuscript.  May be any time period or setting.

Young Adult/New Adult:  Manuscripts in which young adult (teen/high school age) or new adult (twenty-something/college age) life is an integral part of the plot.  The relationship between the main characters is integral to the storyline, character development.

Erotica:  Novels in which strong, often explicit, sexual interaction is an inherent part of the story, character growth, and relationship development and could not be removed without damaging the storyline. These novels may contain elements of other romance subgenres (such as paranormal, historical, etc.).

Romantic Suspense:  Novels in which suspense, mystery, or thriller elements constitute an integral part of the plot. In this category, the love story is the main focus of the novel, a suspense/mystery/thriller plot is blended with the love story, and the resolution of the romance is emotionally satisfying and optimistic.

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