Contest 2021

Maine Romance Writers’ 2021


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 And we’re excited to announce this year’s contest is open to published and unpublished authors!


Authors whose published books become finalists will be entered in our online
Readers’ Choice Awards and have a chance to get their book in front of potential readers.

We are pleased to announce that acquiring literary agent, PAIGE WHEELER of

CREATIVE MEDIA AGENCY will be this year’s final round judge for unpublished entries.




  • Books with an original copyright date of 2020 through MARCH 31, 2021 may be entered.


  • Any author may enter a blurb in the unpublished portion of the contest as long as the book being entered has never been published in any format and is not or will not be under contract, up for pre-order or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.


Authors may enter multiple books with separate entry form and fee for each title.
Entries will be accepted until midnight EST SATURDAY, APRIL 3, 2021.
No membership requirements

Entry Fees:

  • $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  • $10 for Unpublished books (Blurb Only)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


  • 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  • The top 3 scores for the UNPUBLISHED entries will have their blurb and a sample of first chapter (up to 1,000 words—which will NOT be judged) sent to literary agent, Paige Wheeler of Creative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 during a virtual celebration via a live Facebook presentation on Friday May 21. All certificates will be mailed out the following week.

Prizes: The GRAND PRIZE Winners for the Judges’ Choice, Readers’ Choice and Unpublished portions of the contest will each receive: 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.

If you have questions or would like a detailed set of rules, please email the contest coordinator at:

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