Last month, I was elected President of my RWA Chapter, Central Ohio Fiction Writers (COFW). After a couple of years of very little income, it’s imperative that our annual Ignite the Flame contest do well this year.
The contest coordinator sent me the contest description for a listing to be placed in Romance Writers Report, a print magazine sent out by RWA to all members. The copy felt dated to me. In light of the organization’s efforts to update their image and embrace diversity, I decided to try my hand at a rewrite.
Contest description: Our contest is named Ignite the Flame for a reason. We want to lose ourselves in the one scene of your unpublished manuscript when your hero and heroine first meet (or reunite after a period of time) and experience that first spark of attraction, that irresistible heat drawing them together. So, kindle that fire—show us you first meeting, the surprise reunion, an awkward introduction, or the unforgettable moment of initial awareness. Thrill us with the promise of what is to come. We want to be there when they experience the first stirrings of attraction for one another. Tease us with a little flicker that is destined to become an inferno. The Ignite the Flame Contest is designed to help you polish that critical first meet scene so that it crackles with romantic energy! ***Note: This is not a first kiss or first sex scene contest!***
Contest description: 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 time apart—that unforgettable moment of initial awareness, that first spark of attraction. Whether your characters are ancient nobility or modern-day entrepreneurs, gay or straight, sports stars or high school students—or even not-quite-human—we want to see how their romance ignites. All characters are welcome!
Which of these contests would you be more likely to enter?