Debbie Macomber Inspired Short Romance Fiction Writing Contest:

Aspiring Authors, Take Heart:

Debbie Macomber Inspired
Short Romance Fiction Writing Contest:

Winning Entry will be
published as part of Avon’s “Family Affair” paperback and e-book in
July 2012!

YORK, NY, August 9, 2011 – To celebrate the 2012 mass market publication of Family Affair, a novella by #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber, Avon Books is hosting a Debbie Macomber-inspired online writing contest! Aspiring writers who participate in the “Make Your Dreams Come True” contest may find themselves enjoying an “American Idol”-type moment, as the winner receives a cash prize of $500, and the winning entry will be published in the back matter of the paperback and e-book edition of Family Affair, going on-sale in July 2012. In addition, the grand prize winner may also be offered an Avon Impulse publishing contract!

“This is a great opportunity for a new voice in romance to be discovered,” says Liate Stehlik, Senior Vice President and Publisher of William Morrow/Avon Books. “It’s the publishing equivalent of `American Idol’ – entries will be reviewed by Avon editors, and the winner will be picked by Debbie Macomber herself. The possible exposure is amazing: the author is beloved by readers around the globe, and this short story could be read by millions of her fans.”

Avon Books executive editor Lucia Macro states, “We’re hoping to discover a new voice in romance. We’re so excited to work with Debbie on this contest, and publish the winning entry along with the heartwarming novella Family Affair.”

entrants should go online to to submit their
20,000 – 25,000 word short story. Entries should be written in a style that
complements Macomber’s own gentle, uplifting work.


attests, “When it comes to creating a special place and memorable,
honorable characters, nobody does it better than Macomber,” and the Chicago
notes that Macomber’s books “(glow) with genuine goodness and
great emotional warmth.”

Grand Prize of the “Make Your Dreams Come True” writing contest
receives a $500 cash prize and is eligible for an Avon Impulse publishing
contract. Three finalists will receive a collection
of Avon Romances (approximate retail value: $100).

Your Dreams Come True” Contest Rules and Entry Procedure:

No purchase is
necessary. To enter,
complete the entry form at Entrants will need to provide a
short story in the Romance genre, as well as their full name, postal address,
e-mail address, phone number, and date of birth.
Multiple entries are automatically disqualified, and only the first entry will
be considered.

The contest is open to
all legal residents of the United States, 21 years of age and older by August
1, 2011, excluding anyone who has ever received compensation in excess of $100
for publication of a work of prose fiction and employees and immediate family
members of Avon, and its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, assigns,
advertising, promotional and fulfillment agents, attorneys, and other
representatives and the persons with whom each of the above are domiciled.

Story Requirements

Story submissions must
satisfy all of the following requirements:

  • · The story must be in the Romance genre and have a low-level of
    sensuality without any explicit love scenes.
  • · The
    story must not have been previously published in any form or media, including
    posting in any manner on the internet.
  • · Prose romantic fiction only; poetry, plays, screenplays, and
    non-fiction are not acceptable.
  • · English language only.
  • · No less than 20,000 words and no longer than 25,000 words.
  • · No images or illustrations of any kind.
  • · No curse words or depictions of vulgar behavior.
  • · An original
    work created solely by you without any material that violates or infringes
    another’s rights, including but not limited to material that violates privacy,
    publicity or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright
  • · The story
    must be in a Word or PDF file when submitted.

A submission that does not satisfy
all of the above requirements will be disqualified without notification.

Avon Impulse further reserves the right to publish the story of
the Grand Prize Winner and/or the other finalists as described above, but shall
have no obligation to do so.

Entry Period:

The Contest will
commence on August 9, 2011 (9 a.m. ET). The last entry will be accepted on
October 15, 2011 (5:00 p.m. ET).

Selection and Notification of

Three Finalists will
be selected by a panel of two judges, who will be professional editors selected
by Avon. Entries will be judged based upon the following criteria: (1) Plot
(40%), (2) Character Development (30%), and (3) Literary Style (30%). The three
finalists will be chosen on or about October 15, 2011. All potential winners
will be notified by e-mail. Potential winners may be required to sign and
return to Avon an affidavit of eligibility and release of liability (the
“Affidavit”), and, if the Affidavit is not returned within seven days
of notification, the potential winner will be deemed to have forfeited the
prize, and an alternate potential winner will be chosen.

Based on the judging
criteria above, Debbie Macomber will select the Grand Prize Winner from among
the finalists. The winner will be announced on or about November 15, 2011.


Each of the three
finalists will receive a collection of Avon Romances. Approximate retail value:

The Grand Prize
Winner will also receive a cash payment of $500.

approximate prizing value for contest: $800.

Only one prize will be awarded per individual, family, or
household. All prizes are non-transferable and cannot be sold or redeemed for
cash. Avon may substitute a cash payment of equal or greater value for the
prize. Any federal, state, or local taxes are the sole responsibility of the