Cleveland Rocks Romance Contest

NEORWA wishes to thank all of the judges, category coordinators and entrants of the 2017 Cleveland Rocks Romance Contest.

The final rankings are posted on the winners page.

Be sure to check back for details regarding the 2018 contest. Happy Writing!


2018 Contest opens on April 1, 2018.

Deadline: May 15 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

NOTE: If you experience connection difficulties within our site or between the NEORWA site and PayPal, please email the contest coordinators at for assistance.

Entrants in Unpublished Author Categories must be unpublished in book-length fiction (minimum 40,000 words) in the last five years. Unpublished means the author or authors have not accepted a publishing offer for, or self-published, a work of original fictional narrative prose of 20,000 words or more. Published Author category open to any unpublished manuscript by an author who meets the above conditions for Published Authors.

Click here to view the full contest rules

Contest fee is $25. You do not need to be a member of NEORWA to enter.
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Email your entry form and entry to the contest coordinators at

2017 Contest Entry Form — Word Format

2017 Contest Entry Form – PDF Format

Entry: For all categories, submit the first 5000 words of an unpublished work of fiction. A one to two page (max 500 words) synopsis is optional and will not be counted as part of the entry. The synopsis will not be judged.

First Round Judges: Experienced, Published/Unpublished. (All first round judges will be encouraged to participate in our free How to Judge a Rockin’ Contest workshop.)

2017 Categories and Final Judges: The top three finalists in each category will have their entry judged by three industry professionals who will judge the final round.

  • Contemporary Long Romance–TBD
  • Contemporary Short Romance–TBD
  • Historical Romance–TBD
  • Paranormal Romance– TBD
  • Mainstream with Strong Romantic Elements– TBD
  • Young Adult/New Adult– TBD
  • NEW Published Author Category –TBD

Finalists will be notified on or about August 2018. Winners will be announced at the Cleveland Rocks Romance Contest on September 8, 2018. All entrants will receive first-round judges’ scores and comments. Winners receive refund of entry fee and winner logo graphic.


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