Monday, April 12, 2010

The Golden Roses Are Back!

The Golden Roses are back!

Since 2001 the Golden Roses have been one of the most coveted awards. We were among the first, if not the first contest looking for excellence in reading and writing. Over the past few years any number of contests have sprung up and after taking a look at many of the current offerings decided this year we did not want to run yet another popularity contest. While it is gratifying to see authors rally around others from their company, we've seen these contests move from excellence in writing to who can garner the most votes.

So this year we are launching a different kind of contest. This year we will have five categories:
Paranormal (including sci fi)
Romantic Suspense
Contemporary Romance (including women's fiction)
One reviewer will read and based on a comprehensive score sheet rate the books in his or her given category. We are also opening up judging to readers who will also read the entries in their chosen category and complete the same score sheet. At the end the votes will be tallied and we will have a "best of" in each of our five categories. The winners will have their bio, blurb, cover and buy link displayed on our Golden Rose Page along with three months of covers on our blog's front page. To cover costs of postage, shipping and handling we necessarily need to charge a $5 entry fee for each entry. The contest is open to all authors and publishers and we will accept both electronic (PDF) and print formats.
To enter: Send an email to lrmgoldenroses@gmail.comn to request your application form. Once your entry is accepted Angie will direct you where to send either your electronic or print versions as well as where to send your entry fee which can be paid via paypal. For our first year we will limit the contest to ten entries in each category. Applications and entry fees will be accepted through midnight April 30, 2010 Once you receive your acceptance you will have until May 15, 2010 to submit your books to Angie. She will have the copies disseminated by May 31, 2010. Readers will have six weeks to read with score sheets due by July 15, 2010. Winners will be announced July 31, 2010.

Any questions please write Angie at or Gina at

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