Put Your Heart In A Book Contest!

Entry Deadline:

  • Entry period is from June 1, 2015 until July 1, 2015.
  • Entries must be sent electronically and received by 12:01 a.m., July 1, 2015.

Entry Fee: 

  • $25 ~ NJRW members
  • $35 ~ All others

Eligibility: Unpublished or not Published in last five years.

Please pay via PayPal.  Forward all PayPaly payments to –

Computer counts should be used to determine length. These are projected final word counts for your manuscript.

  • Contemporary Series:  Category Romance, 40,000 word minimum romances set in the present day.
  • Single Title Contemporary Romances: Set in present day, 40,000 words minimum.
  • Historical: Single Title and Category Romances set before 1945. Includes Regency romances. 40,000 word minimum.
  • Paranormal: Fantasy, futuristic, paranormal and FFP romantic suspense, 40,000 word minimum.
  • Young Adult Romance: Novels with a strong romantic theme geared toward young adult readers. 40,000 word minimum.
  • Romantic Suspense: A work of fiction in which a romance plays a significant part in the story, but other themes or elements take the plot beyond the traditional romance boundaries. 40,000 word minimum.

Please submit the opening chapter of your manuscript, along with a synopsis not to exceed five (5) pages. Submission should not exceed thirty (30) pages total, including text and synopsis. See Official Rules for details.

Prizes Awarded in each category:

  • 1st Place:  $50 + plaque
  • 2nd Place:  $35 + certificate
  • 3rd Place:  $25 + certificate

Final Round Judges Include an agent, editor and multi-published author will judge the final entries.


Agent: Liza Dawson, Liza Dawson Associates
Editor: Esi Sogah, Kensington Books
Author: Julia Quinn

Romantic Suspense:
Agent: Eric Ruben, The Ruben Agency
Editor: Patience Bloom, Harlequin
Author: Ruth A. Casie

Contemporary Series:
Agent: Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyons Agency
Editor: Gabrielle Keck, Avon Books
Author: Mary Behre

Contemporary Single Title:
Agent: Stephany Evans, FinePrint Literary Management
Editor: Susan Litman, Harlequin
Author: Falguni Kothari

Agent: Michelle Johnson, Inklings Literary Agency
Editor: Renee Rocco, Lyrical Press/Kensington Books
Author: Kerrelyn Sparks

Young Adult:
Agent: Michelle Grajkowski, 3 Seas Literary Agency
Editor: Rachel Burkot, Harlequin
Author: Beth Ciotta

Contest Timetable: Final rankings will be announced and prizes awarded at NJRW Conference (October 16-17, 2015). You need not be present to win.

Questions? Please contact Katherine Givens 2015 PYHIAB Contest Chair at

Please put PYHIAB Contest – Your Submission Category in the subject line of your email.


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