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2022 Annual Karen Harper Memorial Ignite the Flame Contest


A rewarding contest for ANY writer!

We call our contest Ignite the Flame for a reason. We want to see the scene where your couple meets—whether it’s for the first time or a reunion after a time apart—and that unforgettable spark of attraction sizzles between them. Whether your characters are ancient nobility or modern-day entrepreneurs, LGBTQ or straight, super stars or high school students—or even not-quite-human—tease us with the moment their romance ignites.

Submit 10 pages of an unpublished and uncontracted novel-length manuscript (minimum of 40,000 words) starting August 1, 2022 12:01 AM through August 31, 2022, 11:59 EDT.

All writers are welcome, whether unpublished or published!

First-round judging occurs by members of COFW and, if needed, additional romance writers.

Final-round judging: Top three manuscripts will be judged by Siera London, USA Today best-selling romance author. She will determine the first, second, and third prize.

First prize receives the grand prize: publication by Brick Tower Press, New York. Brick Tower will edit, typeset the interior, and design a cover for both trade paper and ePub publication of the winner’s novel in world markets.Siera London, USA Today best-selling author, wearing a white sweater and wearing a pendant.

For first prize, COFW will also refund the entry fee.

Second and third prizes also receive a refund of entry fee.

Ready to enter? It’s $30.00 for a chance to see your romance novel in print!



During the contest period, send all entries and completed entry forms as attachments to ITF-Contest@COFWEvents.org

You may register prior to the submission period.


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