Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Zealand Romance Writing Competition 2011

New Zealand's annual romance writing competition, the 2011 Clendon Award is now open and receiving entries up to and including 26 February 2011. Romance Writers of New Zealand Inc who administer the Clendon Award are accepting full manuscripts from unpublished New Zealand authors who aspire to become published romance writers.

Manuscripts submitted to the romance writing competition must be between 45,000 and 110,000 words. Submissions can be aimed at a specific market and marked accordingly eg Harlequin Mills & Boon sweet, Intrigue, Superromance, etc. An entry fee of NZ $55.00 applies per entry.

Up to 8 romance writers will read and scrutinize submitted manuscripts. Entrants to the romance writers contest can expect detailed feedback about their work. Manuscripts that make the final cut will be judged by Mary-Theresa Hussey, the New York based executive editor of Harlequin books, the world's leading publishing house of romance fiction.

If you are intending to enter you will need to already be or be prepared to become a financial member of Romance Writers of New Zealand

Submission Guidelines
  • Each entry must be the original work of the author and be previously unpublished. Submissions must not have been accepted for any other competition at the closing date of the competition
  • Manuscripts must be between 45,000 and 110,000 words in length
  • Each entry must be accompanied by the $55 entry fee and the official entry form

    Closes: 26 February 2011
Full Submission Guidelines and Entry Form

Entries should be posted to:

Clendon Award
C/- RWNZ, Lothian,
231 Opaheke Road RD4
Papakura, 2584
New Zealand

Further information about the Clendon Award can be obtained from the Romance Writers of New Zealand website


Jennifer Matthews said...

Dear New Zealand Writer,

I am writing from the Munster Literature Centre in Cork regarding a short story competition we are running, which welcomes international submissions. Would we be able to submit some information for your International Writing Competition page, under the 'International Short Story Competition' section? My contact email is, and the competition I'm referring to is here if you'd like to verify it. Alternatively, if you have an email I can contact you at, that'd be wonderful!

Thanks for your time,

Jennifer Matthews
Admin Assitant
Munster Literature Centre

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