What a writer brings to any story is an attitude…” John Gregory Dunne

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The Historical Novel Society is sponsoring its 2012/13 International Award for an unpublished historical novel. First prize is $8,000 and e-publication, with professional copy-editing and cover design). Both previously published and unpublished authors are eligible to enter. Any type of historical fiction is eligible for this contest. The entry fee is $15 for Historical Novel Society members and $25 for non-members. Send your first chapter of up to 5,000 words and a synopsis by September 30, 2012. The judges will announce the 30 semi-finalists by November 30. The semi-finalists will be asked to submit their complete manuscript. Judges will announce the three finalists by January 31, 2012 and the winner will be announced by March 30, 2013. Find more details here.

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Entangled Publishing continues to expand its offerings. In addition to single title romance and their Indulgence line of contemporary category romance, their romantic suspense line, Dead Sexy, debuts next month. And editors are seeking submissions for three new category lines. Bliss, edited by Stacy Abrams, features slightly sweeter (though still sexy) romances set in small towns and featuring family. Covet, edited by Liz Pelletier, features category-length paranormal romance while Brazen, edited by Heather Howland, is Entangled’s hot, sexy line of romance. Get details on all these new lines and what the editors are looking for here.

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Entangled is also looking for themed stories for some upcoming anthologies. For their Rockin’ Round the Christmas Tree collection, they’re seeking 20,000 to 40,000 word novellas with themes related to either “Ring My Bell”  for their Ever After line. The stories should quote from the song and words from the song should be part of the title of the story.

For the Flirts collection, your story should revolve around lyrics to “Santa Baby” and be 10,000 to 15,000 words.

Get all the details on the Rockin’ Round the Christmas Tree collections here.

Entangled editors are also on the lookout for stories for another, Christmas and winter holiday themed collection of Flirts — 10,000 to 15, 000 word stories to Christmas, Hannukah, or Kwanzaa.

If you have a story that centers around New Years, consider submitting it for the Ever After New Years collection. Your story should be 20,000 to 40,000 words and, as with all Entangled stories, contain strong romantic elements.  Find the details for the Flirts Christmas and New Year’s Ever After collections here.

The deadline for all of these holiday themed collections is June 10, 2012.

Entangled editors are also interested in stories about Ancient Greece and Rome (whether historical, mythical or fantasy or some other take on ancient Greek and Roman traditions and legends) for the Ever After Line. Stories should be 20,000 to 40,000 words, contain a strong romance, and contain strong elements of Greek or Roman myth and culture. The deadline for this collection is July 31, 2012 and the books will be published in late 2012. Find all the details here.

Finally, Entangled will be published a collection of Flirts centered around the theme of Guilty Pleasures. Send your 10,000 to 15,000 words that focuses on the hero or heroine’s guilty pleasure or sinful indulgence that plays a key role in their romance. Deadline is June 30, 2012 for books to be released late 2012. Find the details here.

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Inspired Romance, an e-publisher of sweet and inspirational romance fiction,  has added a new acquiring editor. Editor Delia Latham is interested in inspirational romance, both historical (think frontier romance) and contemporary, but also enjoys sweet secular romance, strange tales of the supernatural (Stephenie Meyers’ Twilight series), and epic accounts of good vs. evil (The Stand). She has too many “favorite” authors to mention, ranging from Stephen King and Dean Koontz to Janette Oke, Cathy Marie Hake and Frank Peretti. She’s convinced that a healthy hunk of humor makes any book better, but says that’s true of any kind of emotion. “Make me laugh, make me cry—make me feel something—and I’ll read on to the next page.” To submit your manuscript to Delia, email dlatham@inspiredromancenovels.com.

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My blog tour for Always a Bridesmaid continues. Today, I’m the guest at Cocktails and Books and tomorrow I’m featured on the Entangled in Romance blog. Stop by and comment and you could win a free copy of the book. Or grab your copy now at your favorite ebook dealer. You can read a free sample here.

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