Posted on the Romantic Times blog
:"You may have noticed that we announced in the June issue that the American Title contest would be ending. However, due to popular demand, we talked Dorchester into sponsoring the contest for another year so the AMERICAN TITLE COMPETITION WILL CONTINUE.
Dorchester is currently accepting submissions so polish your manuscripts. To enter, send the first three chapters (no more than 50 pages), a two- to seven-page synopsis and a cover letter (aka query letter) to American Title Contest, Dorchester Publishing, 200 Madison Ave., Suite 2000, N.Y., NY 10016
. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY JUNE 15, 2008.
For American Title V anything goes: historical, paranormal, time-travel, futuristic, romantic suspense, romantic urban fantasy. The only thing we're *not* looking for are straight contemporaries, young adult or women's fiction.
Your manuscript must be completed prior to entering and run between 80,000-90,000 words. Finalists must agree to participate in each of the five competition rounds and must submit copy for ALL five categories by August 15, 2008.
The winner will receive a publishing contract with Dorchester."
*****************AMERICAN TITLE FAQ ANSWERED BY DORCHESTERWhat does "unpublished" mean?
Any author whose work has not been printed as a book may enter the contest. For example:
• If you have been e-published, you're eligible.
• If you have had short stories or anything under 30,000 words appear in a magazine or anthology, you would still be eligible.
• If you wrote a 45,000-word story that was published in print as a stand-alone book, you are not eligible for this contest.What formatting should I use?
Dorchester does not have any formatting requirements other than that pages are typed, double-spaced, legible and unbound.How long should the first three chapters be?
We request that the first three chapters not exceed 50 pages. If your book starts with a Prologue, please include that and then the first two chapters.How do you calculate your word count?
If the manuscript is written in a standard font, our word count requirement generally means it will run about 340-400 pages. Your computer can help give you a rough estimate of what constitutes 80,000-90,000 words, but we won't be tallying them up exactly when the entries come in.May I enter more than one title?
No. Before we have allowed multiple entries, but since you can only final for one, we now request that you send only one submission.
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