Contests Rules and Exceptions for Unpublished Works
Manuscript submission 20-Pages and a 2-page synopsis for a maximum page count of 22 pages total.
Reserves The Right
CIMRWA has the right to cancel those categories that do not generate more than 3 entries or those entered score less than 80/100. If there are less than 3 entries and the entrant did not choose a secondary category, the submission will not be judged and returned to the entrant.
Ethno-Cultural Romance: stories that focus primarily on the romantic relationship and revolves around Cultural, Interracial, or Multicultural aspects of the character(s), location(s) or theme(s).
Cultural: of a particular social, ethnic, religious group; character(s), location(s) or theme(s) of a SINGLE CULTURAL group (such as Native American, African American, Hispanic, Middle Easter, … and other cultural groups).
Interracial: conducted, involving, or existing between different races. (MORE THAN ONE racial group.) Which includes interracial character(s) of multiple ethnic, cultural or religions heritage/ancestry.
Multicultural: of MORE THAN ONE culture relating to, consisting of, or participating in the cultures of different countries, ethnic groups, or religions.
*Entrants must be 18 years of age by the date of entry.
*Entries for the Published Novels portion of the contest must have been released between December 1, 2012 and December 1, 2013. (Self-published novels are included in this category).
Entries for the Unpublished Novels portion of the contest must be from a completed manuscript.
A “Novella” is a work of fiction of 20,000–40,000 words as determined by computer word count. Novella entries with word counts less than 20,000 or more than 40,000 will be disqualified.
A “Novel” is a work of fiction of at least 40,000 words as determined by computer word count. Novel entries with word counts less than 40,000 will be disqualified.
All categories may have varying levels of sensuality.
All categories may have varying levels of sensuality and sexuality. CIMRWA does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. GLBTQ entries are to be submitted to the category that best represents the story.