Bills, holiday catalogs, credit card offers, Black Friday sales reminders. That’s what greeted me in my mailbox today. But when I walked toward my front door, I found a little box sitting all by its lonesome self. For once, a package was actually addressed to me and wasn’t just something I’d ordered off Amazon. Yay, OCCRWA!
I opened the fabric lined box inside, and this beauty rested in its folds. It was such an honor to win in the Erotic Romance category of this year’s Orange County Romance Writers’ Orange Rose Contest for Unpublished Writers. I’ll place this lovely plaque on my desk, and when facing writer’s block and self-doubt, it will motivate me to hammer away.
I also received this pretty pin which I’ll wear with pride on my badge at future conferences.
For those considering entering The Orange Rose Contest in the future, I highly recommend it. I was very impressed with the feedback I received from both the volunteer judges and the agents/editors participating in the final round. The organizers kept me abreast of every stage of the contest as well. This is a contest you won’t want to miss.
Special thanks to OCC-RWA and the Contest Committee (Jann Ryan, Maria Powers, and Barbara DeLong) as well as the volunteer judges.