We’ll be the first to tell you that attending the RT Convention is the best — the parties, the costumes, the free books! But if you’re an aspiring author it can also be a serious career boost, as you’ll spend days with publishing profesionals like agents and editors, not to mention bestselling authors, who are willing to impart their wisdom to you in the many workshops available. And for the third year in the row, you can flex your writing muscle for a chance to win a trip to the RT convention, thanks to author Jennifer L. Armentrout! WE KNOW.
Here’s what the 2014 year’s winner, Lora Beth, had to say about the experience: “I entered the American Idol writing contest at RT, and the first few pages of my manuscript were read aloud and then critiqued. It was terrifying, but I got direct feedback in real-time from agents and editors, which is invaluable, as any aspiring writer can tell you.”
And look how much fun she had!
And as for Trish Williford, who joined us in Dallas, she says, “Jennifer was right when she said RT was one of the most beneficial conventions out there for someone trying to get their foot in the door. Hundreds of industry professionals are all under one roof for a week and you’re bound to meet people and make connections!”
Trish hung out with bestselling authors and cover models, and she’s self-publishing her first novel this October, Never Look Back, so you’ll want to check that out.
Now that we’re got you whipped into a frenzy, here’s all the information, details and rules you’ll need:
Write Your Way to the 2016 RT Convention
You will be flown into Vegas on Tuesday, April 12th, 2016, (if flying is required) and you will be able to attend all the RT events and panels through the 17th of April, leaving on Sunday. RT events do continue throughout Sunday, but if you would like to stay the extra day, you’re on your own for that one.
Your hotel will be covered.
Your registration, valued at $495, will be covered.
You will be at RT, hanging with readers and writers.
Will receive a box of books and swag!
2nd Place Winner
Will receive a box of books and swag!
How do you enter?
Put your writing caps on, kiddos. To enter this contest you can fan fic one of the books below to enter or write an original piece. You can mix and match books, characters. You can flip a POV of a scene or you can create a whole new one. You can do something entirely original. What you write is up to you. You just cannot exceed 1500 words.
Once you’ve written your piece, please submit it to this email: RTcontest@outlook.com
You must include the following items with your submission. If not, your submission is automatically deleted.
1. Your full name and full address
2. Date of Birth
3. Email address where we can get in contact with you
If you are unable to provide any of that information, the submission will not be accepted. No exceptions! We have to verify age and location.
How this will work?
All entries must be received by December 31, 2015, or when we receive 150 entries. We will update if that happens.
Entries will be judged by an all star cast of bestselling authors, an agent, a member of RT Book Reviews, two super awesome bloggers and the most important judge — a reader.
Judges: Veronica Rossi, Jay Crownover, Christopher Rice, Wendy Higgins, Christina Lauren, Cora Carmack, Vilma Gonzalez of Vilma’s Book Blog, Jillian Stein of Read-Love-Blog, Elissa Petruzzi of RT Book Reviews, Kevan Lyon of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, the reader and, of course, Jennifer L. Armentrout
The winners will be announced on February 13th, 2016.
Short Story Guidelines:
Cannot exceed 1500 words
Books you can fan fict, if you so choose, can be any novel written by: Jennifer L. Armentrout or J. Lynn, Jay Crownover, Veronica Rossi, Christopher Rice, Cora Carmack, Christina Lauren and Wendy Higgins
Blow our minds.
Rules/Disclaimers/And other important stuff you NEED to read
Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Entries under this age will be null and voided. No exceptions. I cannot be responsible for a minor attending this event.
Entry cannot exceed 1500 words and must be submitted by December 31st or before 150 entries have been received. Website will be updated with number of entries.
Upon entering the contest, you are agreeing to attend RT 2016 in Vegas. Please do not enter this contest if there is even a small chance you will not be able to attend due to any reason. I will be paying for the flight, the hotel, and the registration. Most of these are nonrefundable. If you back out, that’s a lot of money down the drain.
Author, judges, and RT Book Convention hold no liability for anything in this contest. So that means by entering, if you win and the airline loses your luggage or, in your excitement, you jump over your couch and break a leg, we are not responsible.
This contest is not sponsored by RT Book Reviews and is solely financed by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
By entering, you are a giving me the permission to share your short story through any venue I see fit. I will not be publishing the stories for financial gain, but story may be shared in a promotional or other way related to the contest.
For International Contestants
Originally, Jennifer was only going to limit the contest to US and Canada entries, simply because of the cost of international flights and all the other things to take in consideration: passports, potential customs issues, entry and exit of the states, and all that jazz. That’s a lot of money and a lot of responsibility. However, she has come up with an alternative. Please see the guidelines below for International entry. DO NOT enter the contest unless you can accept the guidelines. I do not want to award this prize to a winner who cannot attend the event due to International travel issues.
An international winner will be awarded a $700 voucher toward airfare (the approximate cost of a US city to US city flight), and the winner will be responsible for the remaining cost to travel into the US. Before entering this contest, ask yourself if you have the funds to cover the rest of the trip.
Check out rates. Get information. DO NOT enter if you cannot purchase the rest of the ticket.
International winner must have a valid passport and meet all traveling requirements that are set forth by the United States Government.
This is a prize package that averages between $2,000-$3,000 when its all said and done. It’s huge. It’s epic.
It’s going to be a hell of a lot of fun in Vegas.
So get writing! We can’t wait to see you in Vegas! Questions, comments, concerns, email RTcontest@outlook.com. Good luck!