Maine Romance Writers’ 2021
STRUT YOUR STUFF CONTEST
The 2021 Maine Romance Writers’ STRUT YOUR STUFF CONTEST is NOW OPEN! And we’re excited to announce this year’s contest is open to published and unpublished authors!
** PUBLISHED BOOKS **
Books with an original copyright date of 2020 through MARCH 31, 2021 may be entered.
** UNPUBLISHED BOOKS**
Any author may enter a blurb in the unpublished portion of the contest as long as the book being entered has never been published in any format and is not or will not be under contract, up for pre-order or set to be published before May 21, 2021.
$15 for Published Books (Blurb & Cover)
$10 for Unpublished books (Blurb Only)
There will be no categories for entries
All entries are judged on their own merit regardless of genre
The top 5 highest scores among ALL entries will be considered finalist
All entries will be scored in a first round
The top 5 scores in the PUBLISHED portion of the contest will be entered in the online READER'S CHOICE portion of our contest
The top 5 scores for the UNPUBLISHED entries will have their blurb and a sample of first chapter (up to 1,000 words—which will NOT be judged) sent to literary agent, Paige Wheeler of Creative Media Agency
All finalists will be notified by email on or around April 10, 2021
Readers’ Choice (Published Only):
All Finalists will have their blurb and cover posted on our website and voting will be open to the public
Online contest runs April 15 – May 6, 2021
All winners will be announced at our 2021 MAINE ROMANCE WRITERS’ RETREAT in Portland, Maine, May 21-23, 2021. Awards will be presented Friday at the awards dinner. For those not attending the retreat, certificates will be mailed.
Prizes: The GRAND PRIZE Winners for the Judges’ Choice, Readers’ Choice and Unpublished portions of the contest will each receive:
$50 cash award
Certificate and electronic badge to use on social media platforms
Optional 1 year membership to MRW.
** All other finalists will receive certificates.