Safkhet Publishing ~ Summer Reads

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Festival of Romance Aims to Uncover New Talent!

The Festival of Romance 2012 promises to be a FABulous affair!

Here’s a little taster of what’s on offer:

Friday 16 November

Festival of Romance Awards and Ball: Gala Award Presentation! Good food, fine wine ~ and dancing the night away!

Saturday 17 November

Creative Writing Workshops!

Romance Fair: Gifts, books, authors, cooking, chocolate, Regency soldiers and lots of fun!

Romance & Shopping: Listen to the Romance Readathon!

Meet the Authors Coffee & Cake (Morning) & Rock Star Party (Evening): Listen to readings from uber-talented authors!

Literary Dinner (special guests, Jane Lovering and Jane Wenham-Jones)!

Total E-Bound Erotic party.

Sunday 18 November

Pitch Your Novel.

Romantic Fiction Conference.

Meet the Author Historical Afternoon Tea: Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea with scones and cakes, and more author readings!

I’ll be there ~ everywhere! ~ along with Mandy Baggot, Nicky Wells, Sue Fortin and Emma Calin, representing Loveahappyending.

Now for another exciting bit of news ~ New Talent Award aims to uncover romantic fiction authors of the future!!

The Festival of Romance is delighted to announce that the New Talent Award will run again this year. The industry judges are Georgina Hawtrey-Woore senior editor at Cornerstones, Random House and Diane Banks, literary agent at the Diane Banks Associates Literary Agency.

The Festival of Romance New Talent Award aims to cast a spotlight on the authors of tomorrow and is open to all writers who have not yet had a book commercially published. Writers may submit the opening chapter (up to 3,500 words) of a romantic novel of any type by 30th September 2012. The winner and runners-up will be announced and presented with trophies at the gala Festival of Romance Awards on Friday 16thNovember 2012. There is a small entry fee to cover the award administration. Entrants may also gain a critique of their entry written by a professional novelist.

“As part of the Festival of Romance we want to help new writers with talent get their break into the commercial fiction world,” says Kate Allan, chief romantic at the Festival of Romance. “At the Festival of Romance in November we are running writing workshops, an industry conference and chance to meet publishers face to face as well as the New Talent Award. I'm delighted that Georgina Hawtrey-Woore and Diane Banks have agreed to judge this year's entries.”

Winner of the 2011 New Talent Award Henriette Gyland subsequently garnered a book deal from publishers Choc Lit. Her debut novel Up Close will be published in December 2012.

For more details about how to enter the New Talent Award please see

Could you be a future romantic fiction author?

Happy writing!

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