January 2nd, 2010

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2010 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence

The Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, sponsored by RWA chapter Southern
Magic, was conceived in honor of multi-RITA Winner Gayle Wilson to award
excellence in published romance fiction. The contest is judged by avid
readers of romance, booksellers, and/or librarians. The winners of each
category are awarded a bookmark engraved with the author's name and the
book's title. Winners will also be included in a full-page RWR
advertisement.

Eligibility: Participation is open to all published authors of novel-length
or novella-length romance fiction. The earliest publication of the
entry-regardless of format-must have an original copyright date or a first
printing date (North American or otherwise) of 2009. Entries must be
received by January 15, 2010. Electronic books may be entered provided they
are printed and bound with a copyright page produced by the publisher.

Entry fee: $20 first book; $15 subsequent books.

Author must provide three copies of the entered book, which will not be
returned. If author needs to send books to two different coordinators,
she/he may save postage by sending all the books to one coordinator.
Finalists will be notified in March 2010. All finalists receive a
certificate. Winners receive an engraved bookmark and inclusion in a
full-page RWR ad. Authors may enter more than one novel; however, the same
novel may not be entered in multiple categories. If a category does not
receive at least 5 entries, the category will be canceled, and the entrants'
books and entry fees will be returned.

Categories for entry:

Historical

Romantic Suspense Single Title

Romantic Suspense Series

Paranormal/Fantasy/ Futuristic/Time Travel

Contemporary Single Title

Contemporary Series

Young Adult

Inspirational Single Title

Inspirational Series

Novella (20,000 - 40,000 Words)

Judging: All entries are judged by avid readers of romance, booksellers,
and/or librarians. The top two scores are added to form the final score.
The lowest score is dropped. Ties are broken using the dropped low score.
After the dropped low score is used, if there is still a tie for first
place, authors will be asked to send two additional copies of the book to
break the tie. Failure of the author to supply these copies in a timely
manner will result in forfeiture of the win.

Books are given to the judges as a "thank you" for judging. They are not
returned. Scores and finalist placement are not revealed. Score sheets are
not returned. The decision of the judges is final.

Send entries (three copies of book, entry form + entry fee) to the
appropriate coordinator listed below:

Historical, FF&P, Young Adult, Novella
Karen Beeching
Southern Magic Contest Coordinator
Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence
3325 Lorna Road, #2-241
Hoover, AL 35216

Contemporary Single Title and Contemporary Series
Jennifer Echols
Southern Magic Contest Coordinator
Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence
P.O. Box 190032
Birmingham, AL 35219

Inspirational Single Title and Inspirational Series
Laura Hayden
Southern Magic Contest Coordinator
Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence
PO Box 241312
Montgomery, AL 36124

Romantic Suspense Single Title and Romantic Suspense Series
Misty Wright
Southern Magic Contest Coordinator
Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence
PO Box 5377
Glencoe, AL 35905

Make checks payable to Southern Magic, or by PayPal (please add $1 for the
PayPal fee). When sending by PayPal, send funds to
treasurer@southernmagic.org. In the comment section of PayPal, type the category of your entry.

Questions?

E-mail: GWContest@southernmagic.org

Thanks!
Karen Beeching (w/a Callie James)
Gayle Wilson Contest Coordinator Chair
https://calliejamesbooks.com
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