The Carla Crown Jewel of Books 2021 contest is now open!

Click here to see the official rules and submit your entry.

First place book will receive a $100 prize, trophy, and publicity on the Mid-America Romance Authors Website, Twitter, Facebook page, and in the RWR.

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Congratulations to the 2020 Carla Contest Winners:

1st Place – “The Work of Art” by Mimi Matthews

2nd Place – “The Cave” by Amanda McKinney

3rd place – “My Hope Secured” by Theresa Hupp

4th place – “Marked by the Marshall” by Julie Anne Lindsey



Congratulations to the Fiction From the Heartland 2020 Winners:

1st Place – Jenny Devon for “Cloud Tide”

2nd Place – Vicki Volden for “All the After”

3rd Place – Maggie North for “Charm Campaign”

Fiction From the Heartland 2022

The 2022 Fiction From the Heartland Contest opens for entries on August 1, 2022!

Although we won’t conduct a contest for 2021 we will be back in 2022 and look forward to receiving your entry. We welcome unpublished romance writers to submit the first 10,000 words of your book-length romance fiction and synopsis.

Entries will be judged by two experienced judges, one of which will be a published author. Every entry will receive a two-page critique sheet that reviews things like plot, character development, conflict, and the overall synopsis of your story as well as a one-page written critique from each of the judges.

Finalists will be judged by an industry agent AND editor.

For all the details on this contest, or to enter, CLICK HERE.


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