2019 Heart to Heart Official Rules


Open to all writers unpublished in novel or novella format as of the announcement of the Final Round Winners on November 4, 2019.

Non-finalists may publish after the announcement of the First Round Finalists on October 1, 2019. Published is defined as having an ISBN and/or ASIN number on any work of novel or novella length.

Entry Guidelines

Enter the first 15 pages. Each entry may only be entered in one category. However, you may submit as many different entries as you wish. Each new entry must have a contest entry form and payment.

Official Contest Rules

The SFA-RWA chapter reserves the right to limit entries to the first one hundred manuscripts received. Failure to comply with any of the entry requirements herein could result in disqualification.

  1. Categories: Awards will be given in the following categories: Contemporary, Romantic Suspense, Erotic Romance, Historical, Speculative Romance, and Young Adult. Please indicate your manuscript’s category on the contest entry form. If a minimum of 6 entries is not received for a category, the category will be eliminated for the current year and entrants will be given the option to submit the entry to a different category or receive a refund of the entrance fee.

  2. Judging: First round judges include experienced, trained PRO and PAN members. Each entry will be judged by three first-round judges, who will score ten criteria and include comments on the score sheets. The top three entries from each category will advance to the final round. Final-round judges are literary agents, print editors, and e-publishing editors. Finalists in the first round will be notified by email or phone on or before October 1, 2019. Winners of the final round will be announced on or before November 4, 2019.

  3. Submission: All submissions must be submitted electronically, up to a maximum of 15 pages, according to the Manuscript Format Requirements detailed below. PAPER SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


The following process will apply to all entries:

  1. Entrants must submit the contest entry form online and pay before their entry is officially entered into the contest.

  2. The Contestant Waiver box in the online form constitutes a signature and must be checked for your entry to be accepted electronically. THIS IS MANDATORY! 

  3. Pay via PayPal 

  4. Your name should not appear anywhere on the submission entry.

  5. The entry is required to be the opening scene of the book, and the pages should be numbered as they appear in the manuscript with a maximum of 15 pages. You may submit more than one scene if you wish, as long as the total is not over 15 pages. The scenes (and all pages) must be consecutive.

  6. Once you have paid, submitted the online form, and properly formatted your entry, email it to heart2heartcontest@gmail.com attached as an rtf file.

If there are any questions, please contact the Contest Coordinator at heart2heartcontest@gmail.com.


Manuscript Format Requirements

  1. Double-spaced, Courier New or Times New Roman 12 point, 1-inch margins all around

  2. DO NOT include your name anywhere on the entry itself. Please include the title and actual page number from the manuscript in the header (left corner) on each page. Your name may appear only on the contest entry form. If it appears on any of the manuscript pages, your entry will automatically be disqualified.

  3. Rich Text Format (rft) ONLY.



  1. ​​The fee is $25.00 per entry ($15.00 for SFA-RWA members)

  2. All fees are NON-REFUNDABLE, except as stated in Categories under Official Contest Rules

  3. Fees will be submitted through PayPal.

  4. Please include your name, book title, and category in the Optional Instructions section on the payment form.


E-mail the Contest Coordinator at heart2heartcontest@gmail.com with any questions.

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