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Must have an original copyright date of 2016 or 2017, as evidenced by the copyright page and must have been available for sale sometime during 2016-2017.
Must have a minimum 7,500 word count.
Must be in English
If your book finaled in, but did not win, the 2016 IDA, it is eligible for entry in this year’s contest
If an entry is determined to depict pedophilia, bestiality (except in the case of Paranormal shape-shifters), necrophilia, and/or “snuff” (the act of killing for sexual gratification) as acceptable, it will be disqualified, and the entrant will not receive a refund of the entry fee.
If an entry contains sexual situations involving human protagonists under the American legal standard of eighteen (18) years of age, it must be reviewed by the Contest Coordinator prior to entry. The exception is in the Young Adult category. Please keep in mind that the YA category is meant for younger readers and all entries will be monitored for content.
Only digital books will be accepted as entries. Books that are “digital first – print on demand” ARE eligible. You must submit your book in non-DRM.pdf format as an attachment to an email. *** Judges are required to accept the terms of agreement stating they will not share or otherwise use the PDF’s received for judging.
There is no limit to the number of titles by the same author that may be entered, but each title may be entered in only one category. PLEASE send a separate email for each entry. Books entered in the wrong category will be disqualified and entry fee will not be refunded.
A separate entry fee is required for each title entered; however, entrants may “bundle” payments for multiple entries Entry fees: Novels – $25.00 (40,000 words and above). Shorts – $20.00 (7,500 to 39,999 words)
Membership in any particular writing organization is not required.
Entries will be accepted from the author(s) and/or copyright holder(s) or authorized agent(s) of same.
Deadline for entry and receipt of payment and books is midnight CT July 15, 2017.
Entries will be capped at 50 in each category. Your entry will NOT be counted until payment is received.
Each entry will be scored by three judges.
Deadline for judges to return scores is September 30, 2017. Finalists and winners will be notified approximately October 22, 2017. *** Non Finalists will NOT be notified. Please check the website on or around October 22nd to learn if winners have been notified.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
Where do I locate the coordinator’s email address to send my entry?
All entries are sent to the Contest Coordinator at IDAOKRWA1@aol.com
What happens if my book has a copyright date before the acceptable contest copyright dates?
Books often have a copyright date of one year and a release date in the next. To compensate for this, our eligibility will always have a two-year span on the copyright date. Example: If your book has a 2016 copyright date but doesn’t come out until 2017, you will be eligible to enter it in the 2017 IDA. All books available for sale in 2016 or 2017 with a 2016 or 2017 copyright date are eligible for the current year’s contest.
If my book becomes available in mass print before the end of the contest, am I still eligible to enter?
If your book is not available in mass print by July 1, 2017, you are eligible to enter.
Are print books eligible for this contest?
Only books classified as digital first but with print on demand available. If your book came out in print first, or is available in mass print, check into our National Readers Choice Awards (NRCA entries must contain elements of romance).
What category should I enter?
Enter your work into the category in which it best fits. If you have a story that is erotic AND suspense, for example, you should decide which element is most prominent and enter your story into that category.
I am self-published or Indy published. Am I still eligible?
This group is a Romance Writers of America chapter. Does that mean my entry must have romance in it?
Not at all. Your entry must be a work of fiction and fit one of the categories. That’s it. No romance necessary. Of course, romance novelists are also encouraged to enter.
If I live in a foreign country, how can I arrange for the entry fee given the fluctuation of the exchange rate?
You can pay your fee in US funds through PayPal – Send to Treasurer@OKRWA.com.