Emerald City Opener Contest


October 17-19, 2014

Westin Hotel, Bellevue, WA

Emerald City Opener Contest


Congratulations to our 2014 Finalists


New Adult

Confessions of a Teenage Fairy Godmother by Madonna Bock
Happy Valley by Janell Sutherland
Scarred by Marie Long


Young Adult

Fins 4 Ur Sins by Naomi Fraser
The Campout by Lisa Page
The Stain by Jennifer Hilt *


Romantic Suspense

Inconspicuous by Sally Brandle *
Second Shot by Jennifer Sanchez
Murder in Machu Picchu by Laurie Anderson *


Historical Romance

The Gunfighter Heir by Molly Tanner
The Impetuous Miss Milton by Renee Ann Miller
Lady in Waiting by Marie Tremayne


Paranormal Romance

The Guardian by Barb Simmons
Never Say Goodbye by Catherine Vignolini
A Locket Full Of Time by Allie Lucas *


Contemporary Romance

Role of a Lifetime by Stephanie Blakeway
Going All In by Lily Vega
Poser by Catherine Vignolini
* means GSRWA Chapter Member

Opens: April 1, 2014

Deadline: May 31, 2014

Fee: $12 for GSRWA members, $20 for nonmembers. Checks or Paypal accepted.

Eligibility: Unpublished writers or writers who are unpublished in the past 5 years in the category they wish to enter

Entry: Your novel’s opening hook – The Opener – is what attracts an editor or agent. Polish the first seven pages of your manuscript and enter the Emerald City Opener Contest, sponsored by the Greater Seattle Chapter of RWA.

Categories: Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, Romantic Suspense, Young Adult, New Adult (new this year!)

First Round Judges: PROs & published authors.

Final Round Judges: Agents & Editors attending the Emerald City Writers’ Conference October 17-19, 2014

Finalists receive a private pitch with their editor or agent of choice if attending the Emerald City Writers’ Conference on October 17-19, 2014. Finalists receive a certificate and an Amazon gift card ($20 – First place, $15 – Second place, $10 – Third place).

View the Official Rules and the Score Sheet for further information.