Chapter Events

View events hosted by RWA chapters. Looking for more chapter contests, workshops, and events? Click the links below to see what RWA's chapters are offering in the coming months.


 

Chapter: SVR 2020 Meetings

Begin Date: 11/01/2019
End Date: 12/31/2020
Location: Rancho Cordova
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Meetings are held at White Rock Community Center unless otherwise notated. Meeting cost includes program and a light breakfast/morning snack, coffee (Keurig—feel free to bring your own pods!), water, and tea. Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. Program begins at

Chapter: SRW 2020 Chapter Meetings

Begin Date: 01/01/2020
End Date: 12/31/2020
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Chapter Gateway Testing

Begin Date: 01/01/2020
End Date: 01/31/2021
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Event used to test a chapters payment gateway.

Chapter: HCRW PTSD For Fiction Writers

Begin Date: 02/03/2020
End Date: 02/27/2020
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Get your facts straight before you write about PTSD. The tools needed to respectfully portray characters dealing with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. This is a broad layman’s overview – who, where, what, when, why, and how – of PTSD’s effects on individua

Chapter: HCRW Quilting 101/Plotting

Begin Date: 03/03/2020
End Date: 03/27/2020
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Quilting 10, Patchworking the Perfect Plot through Relationship Arcs With Suzanne Johnson/Susannah Sandlin Do storyboards, sticky notes, spreadsheets and index cards give you hives? Does your manuscript wander in circles – yet you’re afraid a detailed out

Chapter: HCRW Witches, Kelpies, and Fairies, Oh My!

Begin Date: 04/01/2020
End Date: 04/30/2020
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My first introduction to the Otherworld, as Highlanders call it, came when I joined the Brownies. My Girl Scout handbook included a tale that explained who brownies were. Little did I realize that many years later, I would immerse myself in this strange w

Chapter: WRW 2020 Washington Romance Writers Retreat

Begin Date: 04/24/2020
End Date: 04/26/2020
Location: Westminster
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Chapter: HCRW Emergency Preparedness

Begin Date: 05/04/2020
End Date: 05/30/2020
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EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS- Skills for your characters, and for your own life. There’s nothing quite as sexy as a woman who knows what to do next. Don’t let an unexpected emergency stop you or your heroine in your tracks. Information and practical exerci

Chapter: HCRW Unconventional Characters

Begin Date: 06/01/2020
End Date: 06/29/2020
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UNCONVENTIONAL CHARACTERS: Mayberry, Fluffy, and Aunt Mildred’s Hat - This three-week workshop will get deep and dirty into ways to turn elements of your story into “characters” to enrich your novels and reveal things about your heroes and heroines. Your

Chapter: HCRW Blast off Beginnings

Begin Date: 08/05/2020
End Date: 08/30/2020
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Blastoff Beginnings: Writing Opening Chapters That Take Readers along for the Ride In this month-long online class, New York Times best-selling author Angela Knight discusses how to write a beginning that will have readers clicking the BUY button.

Chapter: HCRW Writing Romantic Scifi, Fantasy and Horror

Begin Date: 09/02/2020
End Date: 09/27/2020
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Love is Universal - Even for Monsters! Have you ever wanted to write in the Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, or Horror genre but you just aren’t sure how to meld romance and the other elements necessary to satisfy the readers of those speculative genres? Have

Chapter: HCRW How to Write a Successful Holiday Romance

Begin Date: 10/07/2020
End Date: 10/25/2020
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What is the hype with Holiday Romances? Have you ever wondered why so many people write them Holiday Romances? Or why there are so many people that read them? This year alone Hallmark will come out with over One hundred and twenty new Holiday Romance Movi

Chapter: HCRW Hearts & Handcuffs

Begin Date: 11/04/2020
End Date: 11/26/2020
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Readers love cops, but writing believable police and sheriff’s officers can be difficult if you don’t know the procedures cops use to defend themselves and investigate crimes. In this workshop, New York Times bestselling author Angela Knight and her husba

 

Chapter Events and Contests

Local RWA chapters offer a number of conferences, contests, and workshops. Listed below are the chapter contests and conferences scheduled for the coming months.

Please submit all contest, conference, and workshop announcements to chapterevents@rwa.org. A response will be sent via return email. If you haven't received a response in 48 hours, please follow up. Thank you!

Deadline and format instructions are provided at the end of the column below. Please also send notification of broken or incorrect links to chapterevents@rwa.org. Thank you!

Updated 02/10/2020


Contests

*Open to published authors
**Open to published and unpublished authors  


February Contests


The Carolyn Readers Choice Award
Sponsor: North Texas RWA
Fee: $25–30.00
Deadline: February 15, 2020
Entry: Works published in 2019.
Judges: Readers only.
Prize: Shared ad.
FMI, https://ntrwa.org/contests/the-carolyn/.

*2020 Write Touch Readers’ Award Contest
Sponsor: Wisconsin Romance Writers of America (WisRWA)
Fee: $30–35.00
Deadline: February 28, 2020, 11:59 p.m. CST
Eligibility: Each entry must have an original publication date of 2019. The contest is open to RWA and non-RWA authors.
Entry: Submit one electronic file (PDF only).
Categories (any length, no maximum or minimum word count): Contemporary, Erotic Romance, Historical Romance, Paranormal/TimeTravel/Fantasy, Romance with Spiritual Elements, Romantic Suspense, Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance, Young Adult Romance.
Judges: Each submission will be judged by three readers of the romance genre not associated with the publishing industry.
Top Prize: The winner in each category will receive a plaque for their accomplishment.
FMI, visit http://wisrwa.org/.

25-4-25
Sponsor: Hudson Valley Romance Writers of America
Fee: $25, nonrefundable
Deadline: Entries must be received between January 1–February 29, 2020
Eligibility: Members and Non-members may enter. Entries limited to first 50 received.
Entry: Submit your first 25 pages of your manuscript—all romance genres acceptable—and you will receive detailed line and developmental edits. Most promising entry wins prize. Criteria is same as our Hook, Line and Sinker contest, seen here: http://www.hudsonvalleyrwa.com/contest/contest_score_sheet/. Entries must be in Times New Roman 12-pt print, double-spaced, with 1" margins all around. Entries that do not conform to these specifications will be returned.
Categories: All romance genres will be judged by RWA author member who specializes in that genre.
Judges: Published and soon-to-be-published members of HVRWA.
Final Judges: Published and soon-to-be-published members of HVRWA.
Top Prize: Free one-year premium membership to Querytracker.net. Winners will be announced in early June 2020.
FMI, http://www.hudsonvalleyrwa.com/contest, hudsonvalleycontest@gmail.com.



March Contests


**2020 Fire & Ice Contest
Sponsor: Chicago-North RWA
Fee: $25.00
Deadline: March 1, 2020
Eligibility: All work must be the author’s original work that has not been contracted for publication prior to the entry deadline. Open to all authors who have never been published in book-length romantic fiction as well as published authors who have not been contracted or published (traditional or self) since January 1, 2015.
Entry: Up to 3,000 words of a love scene (any heat level) between your main characters. Please see website for more detailed info.
Categories: All sub-genres of romance accepted and judged together. Please see website for details.
Judges: Each entry will receive a detailed score sheet from 3 qualified first-round judges, with at least one published judge per entry.
Final Judges: SIX FINALISTS will be sent to all SIX final round judges. Please see website for the complete list of final round judges.
Top Prize: 1st Place: $75; 2nd Place: $50; 3rd Place: $25. All finalists will receive certificates.
FMI, http://chicagonorthrwa.org/fire-and-ice-contest/.

*Athena Contest for Excellence in Published Young Adult and New Adult Fiction
Sponsor: YARWA
Fee: $30–40.00
Deadline: March 1, 2020
Eligibility: YA and NA romance novels and novels with romantic elements published in 2019.
Entry: 3 copies of hardback, mass-market, or trade paperback novel, or 1 copy of ebook in pdf format.
Categories: YA Contemporary, NA Contemporary, YA/NA Paranormal, YA/NA Speculative.
Judges: Romance readers, authors, librarians & bloggers.
Top Prize: Plaque, Pin, digital graphic.
FMI, visit http://yarwa.com/the-athena-contest/ or email the Contest Coordinator at athenacontest@gmail.com.

The 2020 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense for Unpublished Writers
Sponsor: RWA Kiss of Death Chapter
Fee: $15–30.00
Deadline: March 15, 2020
Entry: prologue/first chapter up to 5,000 words. All electronic entry.
Final Judges: See website.
FMI, http://www.rwakod.org/daphne or email Brooke Wills at daphnecontest@gmail.com.

*The 2020 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense for Published Authors
Sponsor: RWA Kiss of Death Chapter
Fee: $30.00
Deadline: March 15, 2020
Entry: 2019 copyrighted mystery or romantic suspense.
FMI, http://www.rwakod.org/daphne or email Brooke Wills at daphnecontest@gmail.com.

**2020 Great Beginnings Contest
Sponsor: Utah Chapter Romance Writers
Fee: URWA Members $10 / Non-members $15
Contest opens: January 1, 2020. Deadline: March 15, 2020
Eligibility: Contest is open to published and unpublished authors. Published authors may submit only unpublished, uncontracted manuscripts that will remain unpublished until the contest has concluded.
Entry: All electronic. Enter the opening five (5) pages of your romance novel (projected length of at least 50,000 words). Submit as many different entries as you wish.
Categories: Contemporary, Romantic Suspense, Historical, Paranormal. Erotic entries can be entered in any category. Please indicate EROTIC in the header and on the entry form. Please review our score sheets to see which category fits best.
Judges: Every entry will be judged 3 times by trained judges and at least once by a PAN member.
Final Judges: Nicole Resciniti, The Seymour Agency; Lane Heymont, The Tobias Literary Agency; and others TBA.
Top Prize: Each category winner receives a $25.00 Amazon gift card. All finalists receive a certificate and their name and working title announced in the RWR.
FMI, visit http://www.utahrwa.com/gbcontest.html or email Annie Whittaker, contest coordinator, at annie.whittaker@yahoo.com.

*Published Maggie Award for Excellence
Sponsor: Georgia Romance Writers
Fee: $30-40
Deadline: March 27, 2020
Entry: Digital/e-books in the MOBI or PDF format with a 2019 Copyright date are required. All eBooks must be readable using Amazon e-reader apps.
Categories: Contemporary Romance (CR), Historical Romance (HR), Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance (MFCR), Paranormal Romance (PR), Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements (RRSE), Romantic Suspense (RS), Young Adult / New Adult Romance (YANA).
Judges: acquiring librarians and booksellers
Final Judges: acquiring librarians and booksellers
Awards: First place/highest score in each category will receive the prestigious Maggie Medallion. All finalists will receive a Maggie certificate. Finalists will be notified by June 28, 2020. Winners will be announced October 3, 2020  at the GRW Moonlight & Magnolias Conference.
FMI: Please visit our website at https://www.garomancewriters.org/maggie-award or email Dianna Shuford at MaggieChair@gmail.com.

**18th Annual Romance Through the Ages
Sponsor: Hearts Through History
Fee: $20 - 25
Deadline: March 31, 2020
Entry: first 15 pages and (optional) two-page synopsis. Open to published and unpublished authors
Final Judges: editors and agents
Top Prize: $50 cash for all first place winners
FMI, visit https://www.heartsthroughhistory.com/rtta-contest/

 

Conferences


No March conferences were reported to RWA.


Online Workshops


March Online Workshops


Active Rest for Creatives
Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Online Chapter
Fee: $15 CRW Members/$25 RWA Members/$35 Non-RWA Members
Date: March 1–14, 2020
Presenter: Merien Grey
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/
 
Don’t TELL Me That
Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Online Chapter
Fee: $15 CRW Members/$25 RWA Members/$35 Non-RWA Members
Date: March 1–27, 2020
Presenter: Leslie Scott
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/

More Than Just Window Dressing: How Secondary Characters Make Your Novel Come Alive!
Sponsor: Maryland Romance Writers
Fee: $20 members; $30 non-members
Date: March 1–31, 2020
Presenter: Linnea Sinclair
FMI, https://marylandromancewriters.com/march2020

Georgian Dublin: From the Castle to Hell
Sponsor: The Beau Monde Chapter's Regency Academe
Fee: $15–20.00
Date: March 2–14, 2020
Presenter: Cora Lee
FMI, https://thebeaumonde.com/resources/academe/

Back Cover Copy
Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
Fee: OIRW Member $25| Non-Member $35
Date: March 2–27, 2020
Presenter: Kathryn Jane
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#MAR4

Bookkeeping for Writers
Sponsor: NEORWA
Fee: $20
Date: March 2–27, 2020
Presenter: Pepper O’Neal
FMI, http://www.neorwa.com/online-workshops/upcoming-meetings/

Creating Great Villains
Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
Fee: OIRW Member $25| Non-Member $35
Date: March 2–27, 2020
Presenter: Rayne Hall
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#MAR3

How to Write a Romance Novel
Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
Fee: OIRW Member $25| Non-Member $35
Date: March 2–27, 2020
Presenter: Susan Palmquist
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#MAR2

Making It Pretty: Part One (Weeks 1–4)
Sponsor: YRW (Yosemite Romance Writers)
Fee: March Only: $20 YRW members; $25 non-members; March and April: $30 YRW members; $35 non-members
Date: March 2–27, 2020
Presenter: Kayleigh Sky
FMI, https://www.yosemiteromancewriters.com/workshops

Promoting Your Book BootCamp
Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
Fee: OIRW Member $55| Non-Member $65
Date: March 2–27, 2020
Presenter: Susan Palmquist
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#MAR1

Where Craft and Marketing Collide!
Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Online Chapter
Fee: $15 CRW Members/$25 RWA Members/$35 Non-RWA Members
Date: March 2–27, 2020
Presenter: Deborah Magnus
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/

Writing a Sex Scene: From First Blush to Climax
Sponsor: Southern Tier Authors of Romance
Fee: $25 RWA Members | $30 Non-RWA Members
Date: March 2–27, 2020
Presenter: Jennifer Bokal
FMI, https://starrwa.org/on-line-workshops/

Criminal Fun With E-Devices, Round 2—Cybersecurity 20/20
Sponsor: Kiss of Death
Fee: $15 KOD Members / $30 Non Members
Date: March 2–31, 2020
Presenter: Ann D. Zeigler
FMI, https://www.rwakissofdeath.org/coffin

“Now What?” What to Do Once You’ve Finished That First Novel
Sponsor: Kiss of Death
Fee: $15 KOD Members / $30 Non Members
Date: March 2–31, 2020
Presenter: Leslie Scott
FMI, https://www.rwakissofdeath.org/coffin

Critical Lens
Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Online Chapter
Fee: $15 CRW Members/$25 RWA Members/$35 Non-RWA Members
Date: March 2–April 3, 2020
Presenter: LaQuette
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/

Sympathy for the Devils: Using Psychology to Write Compelling Villains
Sponsor: Western New York Romance Writers
Fee: $20–40.00
Date: March 21–April 17, 2020
Presenter: Margaret Bates
FMI, http://www.wnyrw.org/workshops/



April Online Workshops


Regency Weapons
Sponsor: The Beau Monde Chapter's Regency Academe
Fee: $15–20.00
Date: April 1–7, 2020
Presenter: Bill Haggart
FMI, https://thebeaumonde.com/resources/academe/

Finish That Book with The Chunky Method
Sponsor: Kiss of Death
Fee: $15 KOD Members / $30 Non Members
Date: April 1–30, 2020
Presenter: Allie Pleiter
FMI, https://www.rwakissofdeath.org/coffin

The Making of a PI—Private Life and Business
Sponsor: Kiss of Death
Fee: $15 KOD Members / $30 Non Members
Date: April 1–30, 2020
Presenter: Steven Kerry Brown
FMI, https://www.rwakissofdeath.org/coffin

Social Media 101
Sponsor: Maryland Romance Writers
Fee: $20 MRW members; $30 non-MRW members
Date: April 1–30, 2020
Presenter: Ines Johnson
FMI, https://marylandromancewriters.com/event/social-media-101/

Writing the Reverse Harem Romance
Sponsor: Southern Tier Authors of Romance
Fee: $25 RWA Members | $30 Non-RWA Members
Date: April 1–30, 2020
Presenter: Serena Lindahl
FMI, https://starrwa.org/on-line-workshops/

Creating Unforgettable Worlds: World-building in Speculative Fiction
Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
Fee: OIRW Member $25| Non-Member $35
Date: April 6–30, 2020
Presenter: Midnight Voss
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#APR4.

Emerging Publishing Platforms
Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Online Chapter
Fee: $15 CRW Members / $25 RWA Members / $35 Non-RWA Members
Date: April 6–30, 2020
Presenter: Kilby Blades
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/

Layering as an Editing Tool
Sponsor: NEORWA
Fee: $20
Date: April 6–30, 2020
Presenter: Cassandra Carr
FMI, http://www.neorwa.com/online-workshops/upcoming-meetings/

Making It Pretty, Part 2 (weeks five thru eight)
Sponsor: Yosemite Romance Writers (YRW)
Fee: $20 YRW members/$25 non-members
Date: April 6–30, 2020
Presenter: Kayleigh Sky
FMI, https://www.yosemiteromancewriters.com/workshops.

One Month to Smoother Writing
Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
Fee: OIRW Member $25| Non-Member $35
Date: April 6–30, 2020
Presenter: Laurie Sanders
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#APR3.

So, You Want to Self-Publish Your Book
Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
Fee: OIRW Member $25| Non-Member $35
Date: April 6–30, 2020
Presenter: Susan Palmquist
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#APR2.

When Two Authors Are Better Than One, a Co-writing Class
Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Online Chapter
Fee: $15 CRW Members/$25 RWA Members/$35 Non-RWA Members
Date: April 6–30, 2020
Presenter: Midnight Voss and Ivy Quinn
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/.

Writing Sex in Contemporary Romance
Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Online Chapter
Fee: $15 CRW Members/$25 RWA Members/$35 Non-RWA Members
Date: April 6–30, 2020
Presenter: Kay Harris
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/

Writing a Synopsis BootCamp
Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
Fee: OIRW Member $55| Non-Member $65
Date: April 6–30, 2020
Presenter: Susan Palmquist
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#APR1.

WEBINAR: What Your Crit Partners Won’t Tell You
Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Online Chapter
Fee: $15 CRW Members/$25 RWA Members/$35 Non-RWA Members
Date: April 21, 2020
Presenter: Grace Burrowes
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/




CONTEST FORMAT: Contest Name
Sponsor (chapter name)
Fee
Deadline
Eligibility
Entry
Categories
Judges
Final Judges
Top Prize
FMI (entry form, rules, score sheet, contact, Web site info)

CONFERENCE FORMAT:
Conference Name
Sponsor (chapter name)
Location (place, city, state)
Fee
Date
Speakers [up to five individuals (authors, agents, editors, specialists, etc.), also indicate which ONE speaker is to be featured in the RWR]
Publishing Houses (house names only, no additional individual editor names)
Agencies (agency names only, no additional individual agent names)
Conference Features (workshops, multi-track, panels, appointments, critiques, awards, book fair/signing, raffles)
FMI (contact, website info)

WORKSHOP FORMAT (FOR INTENSIVE, HANDS-ON, SINGLE-TOPIC, OR SINGLE-SPEAKER CONFERENCES):
Workshop Name
Sponsor (chapter name)
Location (place, city, state)
Fee
Date
Presenter
Topic
Workshop Features (critiques, book fair/signing)
FMI (contact, website info)

ONLINE WORKSHOP FORMAT:
Online Workshop Name
Sponsor (chapter name)
Fee
Date
Presenter
FMI (contact, website info)

Deadlines are firm. Deadline for the March issue (which will include items with a contest deadline or conference date in April, May, or June or with an online workshop date in May) is January 1. Deadline for the April issue (which will include items with a contest deadline or conference date in May, June, or July or with an online workshop date in June) is February 1. Please follow the formats at the end of the website listings, not in the abbreviated RWR listings. Email submissions confirmed by reply—if no reply is received in 48 hours, please resend or follow up. No attachments please. Send to chapterevents@rwa.org. Thank you!