LAUNCH PAD Contest, Boosting You Out of the Slush Pile: we have a winner in the Romance category.
But first, we should remind you that the contest is winding down for a close. There's still one category open for submission, and that's Speculative Fiction. But the deadline is TOMORROW, September 10, so if you have an entry you've been thinking of sending it, you'd better jump to it, because you have no time to waste.
The winners of each of the six categories (Suspense/Crime/Mystery/Thriller; General Fiction; Nonfiction; Middle Grade/Young Adult; Romance; and Speculative Fiction) will be eligible to move on to the finals. In December, we'll announce our Grand Prize winner. That lucky writer will win a trophy much like the one pictured here, and will have his or her winning entry taken out of the slush pile and put on the top of the stack on an appropriate agent or editor's desk. I'm talking personal attention here. No guarantees of publication, but much juicy opportunity.
The winning submission in the Romance category caught the attention of both of our judges this month. Once you read the entry, you'll see why. Not intended for the CBA market, the descriptions are a bit sensual at times; but that's not a problem for a secular romance. Despite prose that tends to be a little "purple" (in one judge's words), it's skillfully written, has the romantic element required for this category, a good handle on point of view, and a synopsis that promises a well woven story.
We're pleased, therefore, to congratulate Catherine Lawrence of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, for her story, The Duel.