Duel on the Delta Contest
River City Romance Writers
Entry: Opening 20 pages
Closed for entries: April 15th
Winners will be notified on or around June 30th
Top prize is cash
Finalists have time to make changes to their manuscript before final round judging
Synopsis is not judged
Three first round judges
Final round judges are industry professionals
No classes offered for judges
There will be a limited number of entries admitted
No mention of how many finalists
The Good –
The top prize is $25 cash and a Duel on the Delta pin. Who can’t use cash in this economy?
Finalists have one week to make changes before submitting for the final round judging. Excellent! Anything to improve a manuscript can only be a good thing.
You can send in an optional one page synopsis, but it is not judged. The work stands on its own merits.
There are 3 first round judges. This eliminates the chance of discrepancy scores. Excellent!
Final round judges are all industry professionals. They are:
Contemporary judged by Aubrey Pope of Sourcebooks
Erotic judged by Angela James of Carina Press
Historical judged by Deborah Nemeth of Carina Press
Inspirational judged by Sarah Long of Bethany House
Paranormal/Urban Fantasy judged by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literacy Agency
Romantic Suspense judged by Liz Bass of Carina Press
Young Adult judged by Liz Pelletier of Entangled Publishing
The Bad –
The River City Romance Writers holds no classes for their judges. I can’t stress how important it is for contests to realize the importance of having their judges trained.
On the website it states “There will be a limited number of entries admitted”. It does not tell what the cap is. It states “The Duel on the Delta Contest Chair will determine the maximum number of entries based upon category volume”. Seems logical, but how many and what is the determining factor?
There is no indication on the website of how many finalists there are. On the page of past winners, it looks to be anywhere from 3 to 5 finalists per category. Very confusing.
As far as the Duel on the Delta Contest is concerned, it’s pretty average. With a fee of $25, you get three first round judges and the chance at cash prizes! However, the lack of training classes for the judges and the unknown amount of finalists puts a real element of concern on this writing contest.