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The 2013 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery Suspense


 

When Opportunity Knocks… Do You Listen?

Recognizing that the industry is changing faster than writers can keep up, RWA®s Kiss of Death Chapter’s Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense has revamped its unpublished entry requirements.  In some cases, the Unpublished Contest is now open to published authors who haven’t published in the last three years and have a manuscript never self-published and never professionally edited. 

Unpublished Authors, this is still your contest and your opportunity to avoid the slush pile and get your work in front of the top editors and agents in the business. 

What Genres? 

Mainstream/ Mystery Suspense (Romance Optional)

Single Title Romantic Mystery/Suspense

Historical Romantic Mystery/Suspense

Paranormal Romantic Mystery/Suspense

Inspirational Romantic Mystery/Suspense

Category Romantic Mystery/Suspense



What Judges? 



CATEGORY (SERIES) ROMANTIC MYSTERY/SUSPENSE



Wanda Ottewell – Harlequin Romantic Suspense & Scott Eagan – Grayhaus Literary



HISTORICAL ROMANTIC MYSTERY/SUSPENSE

Wendy McCurdy - Berkley Sensation &

Courtney Miller-Callihan – Sanford J Greenburger Associates



INSPIRATIONAL ROMANTIC MYSTERY/SUSPENSE

Elizabeth Bistrow – NAL & Diana Flegal – Hartline Literary Agency



PARANORMAL (PTTF) ROMANTIC MYSTERY/SUSPENSE

Denise Zaza – Mira  & Amy Moore-Benson - AMB Literary Management



SINGLE TITLE ROMANTIC MYSTERY/SUSPENSE

Kerry Donovan - NAL & Nephele Tempest - Knight Agency



MAINSTREAM MYSTERY/SUSPENSE

Faith Black - Berkley & Beth Campbell - BookEnds LLC





For more information and to verify if you qualify to enter, check out The Daphne Unpublished portion of





Published Authors:
Do you have a 2012 copyright in any of the above genres listed?  The Published portion of the contest is dangerously close to maxing. What are you waiting for?  Having the Daphne recognize your novel as one of the best of the best or winning the Overall Daphne Award is too good to pass up.  Check out the Published Rules of the contest at





Questions:  Contact Brooke Wills, Daphne Overall Contest Coordinator, at daphnecontest@gmail.com


Deadline March 15, 2013    – Opportunity's knocking, and it's a big one!



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