The Sheila Contest
Please consider entering The Sheila Contest next year.
Here’s what some of our entrants had to say:
“Not only was the feedback from The Sheila judges helpful, but I was given a chance to apply their suggestions to my entry before submission to the final judge. I still think of those judges every time I apply what I learned to my writing. I guess it worked because I won the category and sold my manuscript! CAT ON A HOT STEEL FLIGHT DECK sold in a four-book deal, along with the first book in my “Love in the Fleet” series, and books #3 and #4. CAT – newly entitle FORGET ME NOT – will be released in hard copy by Henery Press in December 2013. (Book #1 comes out in July 2013!)” – Heather Ashby
“The Sheila Contest is on my MUST enter list. The feedback was helpful and professional. My manuscript, Octagon Girl, benefited from the constructive advice. I’m thrilled to say it sold to a publisher, too!” – Michele Mannon (who recently signed a three book deal with Carina Press)
“The Sheila Contest is fantastic! Thanks to the input I received from the contest judges, I was able to improve my manuscript and sell it.” – Jacki Kelly, THE SWEET ROAD HOME, release date 11/17/12.
“Enter The Sheila! This contest led directly to my three-book sale to St. Martin’s Press last year. My book, SECRETS OF A WEDDING NIGHT, came out on 9/25/2012! Thanks, Valley Forge Romance Writers and The Sheila!” – Valerie Bowman
“The Sheila was the contest that launched my career. The final judge was Leah Hultenschmidt of Sourcebooks who requested the full when I won. Two days after I sent it, she rang to say she wanted to buy The Devil of Whitechapel, which is now KISS OF STEEL. Fast forward two years and I am happy to say that I wouldn’t be where I am without The Sheila contest.” – Bec McMaster
“Participating in the 2012 Sheila was a great experience! I’m excited to say my finaling historical manuscript, TEMPTING BELLA, sold to Entangled Scandalous in a two-book deal. Critiques from the first-round judges were detailed and very helpful, with excellent suggestions. Final-round judge Elizabeth Poteet from St. Martin’s Press also put her comments directly on the entries themselves!” – Diana Quincy
“I highly recommend The Sheila Contest. It’s not only highly regarded, but I love that I had the opportunity to make changes based on the first round judges before it went to the editor for final judging. I went on to sell my entry, THE SWEET SPOT, in a three book deal to Grand Central!” – Laura Drake