The winners will be announced at the Conference Awards Dinner on Saturday 24th August 2019.
Stealing the Snow Leopard’s Heart – Zoe Chant
Primrose and the Dreadful Duke – Emily Larkin
The Sweetest Song – Zoe Piper
The Realm of Silence – Jude Knight
Cowboy Stole My Heart – Soraya Lane
Her Dirty Little Secret – JC Harroway
Holly’s Heart – Fiona McArthur
Can’t Tie Me Down – Janet Elizabeth Henderson
House of Thorns – Jude Knight
Winter’s Promise – Jayne Castel
The Purple Hills – Alissa Callen
A Christmas Kiss in London – Joanne Dannon
Best First Book:
(With only two novel – or book – length BFB entries, we will only be giving a first place getter.)
Degree Absolute – WA Cooper
Gold Medal Hero – Jena Petrie
RWNZ announces the finalists in the unpublished authors full book contest in no particular order:
Jennifer Raines GRACE UNDER FIRE
Frances Dall’Alba’s LITTLE BLUE BOX
Sonya Leowen THE FILMSTAR AND THE FASHIONISTA
Catherine J Hudson FINDING SOLACE
Their manuscripts will be going to an editor for final placings. The winner will be announced at teh Conference Saturday Night Awards Dinner on 24 August 2019. We wish them all luck.
The Great Beginnings contest closed with a remarkable thirty-eight entries – and I mean remarkable in every sense of the word. The quality of the writing was of a very high standard, and I know from the comments of our judges that they all enjoyed their tasks tremendously. You needed an average score of 95/100 and above to final.
Because of the sheer amount of entries, and with each entry needing to be read by five different judges for fairness, the need was great this year for willing judges. And the Great turned up. ? Fifty-one of you! Thank you all for putting your hands up to help out your organisation. The words are said often, but in this instance, they couldn’t be truer – without your help, this contest would not have got off the ground. Thank you once more for your help in making this contest run smoothly.
All the very best of luck to our deserving Finalists in the last round of judging. And thank you for representing our organisation with your incredible talent.
Editor Judge – winners and placings
1) Ruby Island – Stephanie Ruth
2) The Film Star and the Fashionista – Sonya Leowen
3) Coventry Downs – Caenys Kerr
4) 2 Peas – Stephanie Ruth
5) My Guiding Light – Sue Kingham
Agent Judge – winner and placings
1) Ruby Island
2) My Guiding Light
3= The Film Star and the Fashionista
3 = 2 Peas
5) Coventry Downs