Colorado Gold Contest

Colorado Gold Contest

Contest News and Notes

Contest opens April 1.
Get your entry ready and follow
the steps below to enter.

Begin here to enter the 2014 Colorado Gold Contest

First, read our tips for entering the contest and tips for writing a synopsis.

Second, check out the Sample Scoresheet.

Third, read the 2014 Rules and Entry Instructions.

Fourth, go to the Categories and Subgenres page and pick those which best suit your entry.

Fifth, enter the contest: go to the Entry Form page and fill out the form as instructed, including payment information.

Sixth, congratulations! You’re now entered in the 2014 Colorado Gold writing contest. Best of luck.

Don’t forget:

  • Select a subgenre in addition to picking your category. If it’s Other, specify.
  • Click on the box agreeing to the Terms and Conditions.

For over thirty years, the Colorado Gold contest for unpublished writers has given aspiring novelists the chance to get their work in front of an aquiring agent or editor while also providing feedback and encouragement for the craft of writing.

Enter the first 20 pages of your manuscript and a 3 to 4 page synopsis in one of six categories (see below). Two judges from RMFW will evaluate and score each entry. The top five submissions scoring 130 points or more in each category will make the finals and will then be judged by an agent or editor who is attending the Colorado Gold Conference. One winner will be named in each category. Winners receive $100 and a certificate. The remaining finalists receive $30 and a certificate. Winners will be announced at the Colorado Gold Writers Conference awards banquet September 6th, 2014, at the Westin Hotel in Westminster, Colorado.

Announcing the 2014 Colorado Gold Final Judges!

Action/Thriller
Matt Martz, Editor, St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur
Mainstream
Peter Senftleben Associate Editor, Kensington Books
Mystery/Suspense
Terri Bischoff, Editor, Midnight Ink
Romance
Raelene Gorlinsky, Publisher, Ellora’s Cave Publishing Inc.
Speculative Fiction
Jessica Renheim, Associate Editor, Dutton / Penguin Group
Young Adult/Middle Grade
Shannon Hassan, Agent, Lyon Literary Agency

Contest Timeline

April 1, 2014 at midnight: Contest opens
June 1, 2014, 11:59 PM MST: Contest closes
June 3: Entries to first-round judges
July 16 : Entries due back from judges, 3rd reads go out
August 1: 3rd reads due back
August 1: Finalists notified, entries go to finalists for updating
August 8: Updated entries due back from finalists*
August 9: Finalist entries go to final judges
Late August: Non-finaling entries go back to contestants
September 6: Winners are announced at the Saturday night banquet

*This is a new service, with a nod to Crested Butte Writers contest The Sandies. Finalists can see the first-round judges’ comments and decide if they want to make changes before the entries go to the agents and editors who will do the final judging. This is a hard deadline. Any entry not returned by August 8 will go to the final judges as is.

Entry Fee

$30 per entry or $55 per entry to receive a critique from one of the first two judges.

2014 Contest Committee

Chris Devlin, RMFW Contest Chair
Nikki Baird
Karen Duvall
Jeanne Stein
Mark Stevens
Pam Nowak

Helpful Links

Contact

contest@rmfw.org
Twitter: @RMFWriters, #cogo2014