Contests

Want feedback on your writing? Want to win recognition and fabulous prizes? Desire exposure? You’re in the right place!

Want feedback on your writing?  Want to win recognition and fabulous prizes? Desire exposure? You’re in the right place!

Romance Writers of New Zealand offers several contests during the year—for published and unpublished authors—most contests are only for members of our organisation. You must be a logged-in member to view the full contest details of member only contests. Want to join?

PLEASE NOTE: We have made changed to the CONTEST DATES for 2018/2019 and onwards

1 September to 30 September – Great Beginnings Contest

Great Beginnings is open to both published and unpublished writers. Entrants submit the first three chapters (up to no more than 5000 words) of a completed but unpublished manuscript, plus synopsis up to 1000 words.

1 November to 30 November – Daphne Clair de Jong First Kiss

This contest is a 1500 word first kiss scene with a 250 word set up – both are judged. Open to both published and unpublished authors who are paid up members of RWNZ.

1 February to 28 February – Pacific Hearts Award

The Pacific Hearts Award is a full length, unpublished manuscript contest by unpublished authors who are paid up members of RWNZ.

1 April to 30 April – The Chapter Short Story Contest

The Chapter Short Story Contest is an award for a previously unpublished short story by published or unpublished authors who are paid up members of RWNZ. This contest is sponsored by Frances Loo and Chapter Book and Tea Shop, a Mt Eden, Auckland book shop specialising in romance fiction.

1 May to 31 May – Koru Published Book Award

The Koru Award is a FULL BOOK readers’ choice award aimed at recognising excellence in romance writing. It is open to paid up members of RWNZ. This contest is for residents or citizens or temporary residents of New Zealand and Australia.

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