Got this off one of the lists I subscribe to:
Lake Country Romance Writers is pleased to announce the 2006 Barclay Sterling Contest for unpublished authors.
Fee: $25 members, $30 non-members
Receipt deadline: Postmarked by March 10, 2006
Get your proposal in front of an editor! Enter 1 page query letter (unscored), synopsis (up to 5 pages double spaced, unscored), and the first three chapters of manuscript (50 pages). Total entry: 56 pages MAX. Any extra pages will not be judged.
First round judges: published, pro, experienced.
Categories/Final Judges: Short Contemporary: Wanda Ottewell, Harlequin Books; Long Contemporary: Victoria Curran, Silhouette Books; Single Title Contemporary: Kate Seaver, Berkley; Historical: Alicia Condon, Dorchester; F/F/P/TT: Christopher Keeslar, Dorchester; Inspirational: Amanda Bostic, WestBow Press.
FMI, entry form, rules, and sample score sheet, visit http://www.lcrw.org, or email contest coordinator Victoria Stark at victoriastark_18@…. (email address incomplete – sorry about that)
Chris Keeslar is my editor, and given what I know of his other books, I would say that the F/F/P/TT stands for Fantasy, Paranormal, and Time Travel, which does not account for the extra ‘F’. I have no idea what that could be. Anyway, if you decide to enter, good luck!
Also, for those of you traveling today for Thanksgiving, stay safe! I hope you have a wonderful holiday.