The Orange Rose Contest for Unpublished Writers
The Orange Rose Contest is in its 34th year! This storied contest has in its roster many finalists who are now published, such as Rita Winners Laura Drake and Tessa Dare and New York Times best-selling authors Allison Brennan, Judy Duarte, Susan Squires and Debra Holland to name just a few. Why has the ORC enjoyed this level of success? It’s in large part due to the exceptional judges, both first round published author and final editor/agent judges, and our comprehensive score sheets.
Our top prize, the coveted Charlotte Award, is given in honor of long-time OCC member Charlotte Lobb, who passed away in 2013. Charlotte was a tireless volunteer and supporter of this chapter and its members, as well as a multi-published author of over 60 books. She was known for her generosity of spirit and great sense of humor. It is fitting that we present this top award to an unpublished writer in honor of Charlotte’s mentorship and encouragement of fledgling writers. One more thing, Charlotte herself was an Orange Rose finalist back in the day.
The Orange Rose Contest is open to all Romance Writers of America® members. If you would like to enter and are not a member please join RWA National.
The 2017 Orange Rose Contest
for Unpublished Writers 1st Round Finalists
Emily Mahon – Working the Polls: A Tale of Love, Sex and Politics
Gwynne Jackson – All Songs are Love Songs
Sara L. Hudson – Houston, We Have a Hottie
Mainstream Fiction, with a central romance
Deb Merino – Scratch Line
Jenny Hansen – A Sister in Need
Deb Merino – The Storm Shall Pass
Lisa Knight – Praetorian Rising
Sage J. Winter – Immortal Games: Courts of Wings and Shadows
Raewyn Bright – Demon Curse
Carolina Prentice – The Moon and Stars
Alyssa Roberts – Saving the Duke’s Baby
Elizabeth Everett – The Seduction of Mrs. Smith
Lisa Malice – Lost and Found
Leslie Marshman – Goode Over Evil
Alan Chaput – Emerald Drone
Rebekah Millet – 15 Days
Naomi Voorhees – Hearts Entwined
Catherine Ensley – California Bride
Riley Darkes – Serving Time
Lani Forbes – The Seventh Sun
Gregory Mark Henry – Prisoner’s Poison
To move on to the final round of judging, a manuscript must be highest scoring manuscript in their category that receives a minimum of 85% of the possible points. Unfortunately, the Paranormal Romance and Inspirational Romance categories will not be moving on to the final round of judging.
The winner of The Charlotte, Second, Third and Fourth place winners and remaining final round finalists will be announced and awards presented on October 21, 2017, at OCC/RWA’s Birthday Bash.
1st round certificates will be presented or mailed after the October 21st Birthday Party.
From contest coordinator, Jann:
“I wish to extend my most heartfelt appreciation to all of our Author Judges who made this contest possible.”
2017 Orange Rose Contest Committee
You may contact the committee by using the contact form found on the ORC contact tab. You may also email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.