1. The contest is for a romance novel
This contest is for a complete romance manuscript and is open to paid up members of RWNZ only. All sub-genres of the romance genre are acceptable. For the purpose of this contest, a romance is defined as a fictional story in which the development and resolution of a romance between two people is a primary motivation of the plot. A happy ending is mandatory. The romance must move from one level to the next through the course of the story. Where there is doubt about the classification of a submission, the sponsors will decide its classification, and their decision will be binding.
Each entrant must be a current financial member of the Romance Writers of New Zealand. If the manuscript is a collaboration, each contributor must be a current financial member of Romance Writers of New Zealand. For the duration of the judging of the contest, entrants (not only the entry) must not have been published, self-published, contracted to publish, or been accepted to publish, whether in print or digitally, within the previous five years. The entry should not be published in any format until the judging has been completed, but may be published at the end of the judging rounds before the winners are announced.
3. Entry conditions
Please ensure you have complied with all conditions in the Pacific Heart Contest Rules. Up to two entries will be accepted from each entrant. Submissions must not have received a first, second or third placing in a previous Pacific Hearts or Clendon contest. All manuscripts deemed not to be romances by the above definition will be disqualified. Entry fee of NZ$33.00 is not refundable under any circumstances, and is required to finalise the online entry form. A separate entry fee is payable for each manuscript entered. Entries close at midnight on 31 March of the year of the contest. Any entries received by the contest manager after this time and date will not be accepted. Please contact us before the closing date if you do not receive email confirmation that your entry has been submitted. Manuscripts submitted must comply with the general terms and also all the following:
Manuscripts must be between 40,000 and 110,000 words in length, by electronic word count, including chapter headings, section dividers, etc.
Format: Times New Roman or Courier, 12 point. The text is to be fully justified.
Initial judging will be by a group of romance readers using standardised evaluation sheets. At least three people will read and evaluate each manuscript. The three top-scoring manuscripts will be passed to the final judge for consideration.
5. RWNZ decisions are final
Failure to comply with any or all of these rules may result in the entry being not accepted or disqualified.