2006 Contest

The  2006 Chase the Dream Contest was a great success! All of the finalists received a manuscript request from at least one editor or agent and several have gone on to make sales. Here’s what a few of the winners, finalists and mini-critique winners had to say about how the contest benefited them:

After making it into the finals with my 1,000 word entry, the beginning of Half Moon Rising, I was contacted by two editors and an agent. Since I had only the beginning chapters completed at that point, I hustled that summer to produce the full manuscript and submit it. In August of 2006, I was offered a contract from Samhain Publishing. Half Moon Rising was digitally released in e-book form on March 27, 2007 and will be released in trade paperback on October 28, 2007.” ~Nancy Glaubius, writing as Margo Lukas, 1st place winner

As a direct result of the contest, I had an editor contact me about my manuscript. Although I hadn’t yet finished that book, she showed interest in all my writing and offered to look at any project I wished to send to her. As an indirect result, being a Chase the Dream finalist gave me a huge confidence boost, which benefited all my novels, and one of them won the 2007 Golden Heart in Strong Romantic Elements.” ~Marilyn Weigel, writing as Marilyn Brant, 2nd place winner

I actually haven’t sold the story that placed in the Chase the Dream contest, but the momentum of the placement helped my confidence to pursue a writing career. I’m now published with Ellora’s Cave and The Wild Rose Press under my pen name, KyAnn Waters.” ~Lisa MacDonald, writing as KyAnn Waters, 3rd place winner

It encouraged me to believe in my work. I entered it in two national RWA contests and won second place in short contemporary category of Touched By Love, the inspirational romance contest sponsored by Faith, Hope & Love. I got a request for a partial which didn’t pan out but got a second request for a partial which is now being looked at by The Wild Rose Press.” ~Anna Taylor Sweringen, week 3 finalist

I thoroughly enjoyed participating in the Chase the Dream contest, and would recommend it to anyone.” ~Michelle Diener, week 4 finalist

Click here to view the 2006 Chase the Dream contest winners and finalists.

Click here to view the 2006 Chase the Dream contest mini-critique winners.


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