First Kiss Contest                             (Go to Readers’ Choice Contest)


first-kiss-smSend us the scene from your book where your couple first kisses. The scene should convey the emotion and romantic conflict between the characters, sparkle with creative dialogue, description, and characterization, and move the story forward. As one of our authors said, “Good kiss scenes are essentially emotional discoveries. The first kiss brings a new closeness… but also a new set of complications.”

FIRST PRIZE: $50.00 or FREE registration to the New England Chapter’s “LET YOUR IMAGINATION TAKE FLIGHT” Conference (2015 value: $189.00), to be held in April 2015. (Not including hotel, transportation or conference extras.) SECOND PRIZE: $35.OO THIRD PRIZE: $25.00 Entries will be scored by one published author and one qualified, unpublished judge. Score sheets and marked manuscript pages will be returned to entrants.

Download entry form

Download First Kiss Contest Rules and Information

Download sample score sheet

Deadline: Entries must be emailed by February 1, 2015.


  • Scene should be 10 pages maximum plus 1 set-up page. Use standard manuscript format, double-spaced, 1-inch margins top and bottom.

  • Set-up page: On a separate page, set up the scene to inform judges what has happened prior to the first kiss scene. It may be helpful to state conflict and setting of your story. Use standard format as explained above. Note: This is not a synopsis but rather an aid to help judges understand what has led up to the First Kiss.

  • It is preferable to number pages as they would appear in your manuscript.

  • NO author’s name may appear on any manuscript or set-up pages. Include story title, page number, and manuscript category.

  • Return of first round, judged entries should be approximately March 15 (based on return from judges).


  • Judges will consist of at least one published author.

  • Judges will be encouraged to insert comments directly on manuscript and will complete a score sheet identifying strengths and weaknesses of your scene.

  • In the event of a difference of 30 points or more in the entrants scores, and if that point spread would keep an entrant out of the final round, a third judge will score the entry and the highest two scores will then be used.

  • Final Judge: Editor or Agent to be announced.

  • Finalists will be notified by March 30, 2015 and the winners announced at our 2015 Let Your Imagination Take Flight conference, Aril 24-25 2015.


  • Entrants must be unpublished in book-length fiction.

  • All entrants must send an application form along with their entry.

  • The contest may be canceled if less than 25 entries are received by February 1, 2015.

  • Past finalists and winners may enter but with a different scene.

  • Entrants do not need to be a member of RWA®.

What to send:

  • Set up page and manuscript to be submitted in rich text format.

  • NO author name on pages: One set-up page and the First Kiss Scene. Manuscript will be electronically marked up by judges.

  • Type in your name and date the entry form.   This will constitute your acceptance to the Entry Agreement.

Fees: Fee: $25.00 for each entry, $20.00 for NEC members, Outside U.S. $28.00. Deadline: Entries must be emailed by February 1, 2015. Pay now with Paypal

First Kiss Entry Fee

 Readers’ Choice Contest for Published Authors   (Go to First Kiss Contest)

readers-choice-smThe 2014 New England Readers’ Choice contest for published authors to award excellence in published romance fiction. The contest is judged exclusively by readers, librarians and booksellers. The first place winners in each category are awarded an engraved trophy and a certificate. The second and third place winners in each category are awarded a certificate. Winners announced on our website, in our newsletter, and in RWR. Eligibility:

  • Books must have a 2014 copyright date and must be postmarked by February 1, 2015.
  • Entry fee is $25 for each title submitted. An author may submit more than one 2014 released book with separate entry form and fee for each title.
  • Author must submit three autographed copies of the entered book. Books will not be returned and are given to the judges as thank you gifts for judging.
  • All books must be in print format, including self-published books.
  • No membership requirements.
  • Finalists will be notified by March 30, 2015.
  • Winners announced at our 2015 Let Your Imagination Take Flight conference, April 24-25, 2015 and the award presented at our awards breakfast.

Categories for entry: Contemporary, Romantic Suspense, Historical, Erotic Romance Futuristic; Fantasy; Paranormal or Time Travel , and Young Adult (Any category with less than eight entries will be incorporated into another category if possible. Entrants should suggest an alternate category.) Judging:

  • Judges give each entry a score of 3-10 (10 being the highest).
  • The judges’ decisions are final.

For the entry form, more information, and further contact details, download the contest entry form in .doc format or in PDF format. Pay now using Paypal”

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