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
Meetings are held online via Zoom. Please email for ID and Password information to participate.

Chapter Gateway Testing

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

Chapter: SRW 2020 Chapter Meetings

Begin Date: 01/01/2020
End Date: 12/31/2020
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Chapter: Kiss of Death 2021 Coffin Workshops

Begin Date: 01/01/2021
End Date: 12/01/2021
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Chapter: HCRW 2021 Meetings & Events

Begin Date: 01/01/2021
End Date: 12/31/2021
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Chapter: HCRW Spring Conference featuring Farrah Rochon

Begin Date: 03/13/2021
End Date: 03/13/2021
Heart of Carolina Romance Writers is incredibly pleased to welcome USA Today Bestselling author of The Boyfriend Project Farrah Rochon as the main speaker of their 2021 Spring Conference. Farrah hails from a small town just west of New Orleans. She has ga


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 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 Thank you!

Updated 11/30/2020


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December Contests

No December contests reported at this time.

January Contests

*Booksellers’ Best Award
Sponsor: Greater Detroit RWA
Fee: $25 for RWA members; $35 for non-RWA members; add’l $7 to enter Patti Shenberger First Book Award.
Deadline: January 8, 2021
Entry: Get your published book in front of booksellers and librarians. Enter your published book with copyright or first US printing date between December 2019 – December 2020. Each title may only be entered in one category (plus the First Book category).
Judges: Booksellers and librarians.
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*HOLT Medallion
Sponsor: Virginia Romance Writers (VRW)
Fee: $30
Deadline: January 15, 2021
Entry: Published fiction in one of the established categories.
Judges: Romance readers. Each book will be judged by at least three judges.
For more information, please visit our website at or contact our coordinators at


No October or November conferences reported at this time.

December Conferences

Virtual Winter Frolic Conference with Becca Puglisi
Sponsor: New Hampshire Romance Writers of America
Speaker: Becca Puglisi of The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression
Fee: $59
Date: December 12, 2020
Hours: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (streaming will be available for two weeks post conference)
The conference will be include four 1.5 hours each with a 1/2 hour Q&A session after each session and a 1/2 hour lunch break from 1:00-1:30
Topics Include: How to Raise the Stakes (Without Killing Everyone); Hidden Emotion & Subtext: Making Dialogue Crackle with What Isn’t Said; No Wallflowers Allowed: How Powerful Settings Will Elevate Storytelling; First Pages: Tips, Troubleshooting, and Techniques to Make Them Shine
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Online Workshops

December Online Workshops

No December contests reported at this time.

January Online Workshops

The Book Writing Checklist Class
Sponsor: Central Ohio Fiction Writers
Fee: $25, COFW members; $30, RWA members; $35 for all others
Dates: January 1–31, 2021
Presenters: Linnea Sinclair and Stacey Kade

The Book Marketing Audit
Sponsor: Kiss of Death
Fee: $15, KOD members; $20, RWA members; $30, non-members
Date: January 4–15, 2021
Presenter: Kilby Blades

What You Need to Know About Forensic Science
Sponsor: Kiss of Death
Fee: $20, KOD members; $25, RWA members; $35, non-members
Date: January 4–29, 2021
Presenter: Elise Lehman

How to Get Your Novel “Pitch” Perfect
Sponsor: Kiss of Death
Fee: $15, KOD members; $20, RWA members; $30, non-members
Date: January 11–22, 2021
Presenter: Mia P. Manansala

Using Newsletter Magnets to Grow Your Business
Sponsor: Western New York Romance Writers
Fee: $10
Date: January 16, 2021, 2:00–3:30 p.m. (EST) via Zoom
Presenter: Lucy Lennox

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)

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Sponsor (chapter name)
Location (place, city, state)
Workshop Features (critiques, book fair/signing)
FMI (contact, website info)

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