Contest Overview



* * 2020 Contest opens on August 15th * *

The Suzannah Contest is named in honor of romance author and founding member Suzannah Nelson Davis. We continue to celebrate her love of the romance genre and spirit of support and encouragement to struggling writers through the sponsorship of this contest.

The Suzannah is different from most other writers’ contests in that published authors and unpublished writers all compete against one another in a single pool of entries without categories. Yep, you read that right. Published and unpublished writers all hashing it out together for a spot as one of the six finalists. The only criteria we require is that the manuscript fit within the romance genre and that it be unpublished and uncontracted.

Why would we do such a thing? Because this format allows published authors to anonymously test the waters in a new genre. It also gives unpublished writers the experience and prestige of having their writing judged as in the ‘real world’ against already-established authors—just the way it is on an editor’s desk!

And the best part is, if you final, your work will go before a panel of at least six (YES SIX!!) agents, editors, and other industry professionals who will pick the best of the lot.


For questions, please contact our Contest Coordinator

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