And The Winners Are…

20 03 2010

The 2010 CHASE THE DREAM contest has officially ended – but there’s still a great reason to come back next week. Alex Logan, Assistant Editor at Grand Central Publishing will be leaving her comments for all the finalists on 3/25. So make sure you check them out!

Speaking of the finalists, the votes have been tallied and the winners have been identified for this year’s contest. For the first time ever, we had a tie for second place. Here they are:

First PlaceWeek 6 Finalist Hooves of Thunder, Hearts of Silk by Vicki Bendau (and don’t miss Vicki’s interview here)

Second PlaceWeek 2 Finalist Still Sucking in San Francisco by Jessica McBrayer

Second PlaceWeek 4 Finalist Dark Shadows by Kylie Griffin

Third Place – Week 7 Finalist Inner Eye by Gwen Mitchell

Thank you to everyone who entered, commented, voted, and stopped by. Thank you to our wonderful agent/editor judges who took time out of their hectic schedules to provide helpful feedback on all the finalist entries — and congratulations to Kelli Martin of Kimani Press who couldn’t participate in the contest as she’s out on maternity leave.  We couldn’t have had yet another successful contest without all of you!

Until next year … success and happiness to all!


Chase the Dream Contest Begins NOW

30 12 2009

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The fourth annual Chase the Dream contest officially begins January 1, 2010!

Leigh Michaels and I are teaming up, once again, to offer what we think is the best writing contest in the romance-writing world. Each year, nearly all our finalists get agent/editor requests — and some result in sales — and this year we’re hoping for even more!

Plus, our mini-critique winners get valuable feedback before sending out their submissions. Check out our 2006-2009 contest page for past finalists and mini-critique winners.

We continue to improve the contest each year and this year is no exception. As with prior contests, it’s FREE to enter, there are lots of neat prizes, and we have a panel of editors and agents who have agreed to read all the finalists’ entries and — we hope — ask for more.

PLUS, you can now **watch videos** of our agents/editors stating what makes them request more from a contest entry.

So check out the Rules, Q&A, and polish up the first 1,000 words of your romance novel (or novel with a romantic theme) and enter the Chase the Dream Contest today!

The first weekly winners will be selected and posted on January 13, 2009.

We look forward to getting your entries.

Happy writing,

Rachelle Chase & Leigh Michaels