Sandra Robbins Inspirational Writing Award

Sandra Robbins was a great encourager of writers. She fostered excellence in writing: to write more, think about our stories more, and learn everything we can about the craft of writing. The KenTen Writers Group was blessed to receive her personal motivation, and we want to nurture other writers in her name. We honor Sandra each year with this contest.

QUICK FACTS ABOUT THE SRI AWARD CONTEST:
  • Fee is $25
  • Contest opens October 15, 2021, 8am central
  • Contest closes March 15, 2022, 4pm central
  • Open to unpublished authors.
  • Open to published author’s works published in 2021 only.
  • Contest Coordinator: Regina Rudd Merrick, rmerrick.writing@gmail.com

There have been several changes to our contest, so please read the following guidelines before entering.

ENTRY OPTIONS:
  1.  UNPUBLISHED AUTHORS
    • Please send the first fifteen (15) pages of your unpublished, not-contracted manuscript and a short bio to Regina Merrick, contest coordinator, at rmerrick.writing@gmail.com before March 15, 2022. Please see submission instructions.
  2. PUBLISHED AUTHORS
    • Please send PDF proof, or “galley,” of your entire book published in 2021, a jpeg of the book’s cover, a headshot, and a short bio to Regina Merrick, contest coordinator, at rmerrick.writing@gmail.com before March 15, 2022. Please see submission instructions.
  3. There is no limit to the number of entries AN AUTHOR may submit, however, a single manuscript may not be entered into multiple categories.
  4. Contest is open to both KenTen attendees and non-attendees.
  5. Previous winning ENTRIES of the Sandra Robbins Inspirational Award are not eligible to be entered in this year’s contest. 
  6. The manuscript should not contain profanity, graphic sex, gratuitous violence or other objectionable material. 
  7. Only Christian fiction or “clean reads” entries will be accepted. We will accept historical, historical romance, cozy mystery, romantic suspense, suspense, contemporary romance, or women’s fiction

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS FOR UNPUBLISHED ENTRIES:

  1. Each entrant must upload their entry as a Microsoft Word document.
  2. Include a one-page single-spaced synopsis in the same file with your manuscript. Do NOT send a separate file for your synopsis. The one-page synopsis should have the same format as the manuscript EXCEPT that it should be single-spaced instead of double-spaced, and it should start at the top of the page one double-space below the header. The synopsis may use indented paragraphs or block paragraphs with a single space between paragraphs. PLEASE insert the synopsis first in the document, then the manuscript pages. (16 pages total)
  3. FORMAT FOR UNPUBLISHED ENTRIES:
    1. Use 12-point font, double-spaced, with one-inch margins. The contest requires the use of Times New Roman, Courier New, Garamond, Cambria, or Book Antiqua.
    2. The one-page synopsis should have the same format as the manuscript EXCEPT that it should be single-spaced instead of double-spaced, and it should start at the top of the page one double-space below the header. Start the first page of your manuscript, whether prologue or chapter, 4 double spaces (8 single spaces) below the header. Each subsequent chapter must begin 4 double-spaces (8 single spaces) below the header.
    3. Include a header on each manuscript with the title, category/genre, estimated manuscript word count, and page numbers. The header must be in a same font as the rest of the blurb and manuscript. NO entrant’s name or pseudonym should be in the header. 
  4. Please do not post the title or other identifiers of your manuscript to any of your online profiles (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, etc.) since entries are to be anonymous for judging.
  5. Fill out the entry form, upload the entry file, and pay the contest fee of $25 at PayPal (click here) or by check to Pam Harris, 517 Sand Hill Road, Martin TN 38237. Entries will be emailed to the Contest Coordinator at rmerrick.writing@gmail.com.
  6. All entrants are required to check the “accept” box on the entry form indicating acceptance of terms.

Pam Harris, 517 Sand Hill Road, Martin TN 38237. Payment of $125 can be mailed with registration form or paid online through the PayPal Link below. Choose “send” and in the Notes box, please list “Conference Registration”.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS FOR UNPUBLISHED ENTRIES:

  1. FORMAT FOR PUBLISHED ENTRIES:
    1. Previous published works (2021/22 only) should be submitted in its entirety as a PDF document.
    2. Attachments should be as follows: manuscript, blurb, jpg headshot, jpg cover, short bio.
  2. Fill out the entry form, upload the entry file, and pay the contest fee of $25 at PayPal (click here) or by check to Pam Harris, 517 Sand Hill Road, Martin TN 38237. Entries will be emailed to the Contest Coordinator at rmerrick.writing@gmail.com.
  3. All entrants are required to check the “accept” box on the entry form indicating acceptance of terms.
JUDGING:

Scoresheets and manuscripts will be e-mailed back to each entrant between May 15, 2022 and June 15, 2022. Entrants are asked to please be patient as coordinators return entries. Questions may be emailed to rmerrick.writing@gmail.com.

The contest judges are either published authors or writers experienced in judging contests.

All judging is blind. Entrants’ names are only known by the coordinator.

Entries must be sent via email to Regina Merrick, Coordinator, at rmerrick.writing@gmail.com.

PRIZES:

Each category will have one first place winner. The first-place entry in each category will receive a winner’s award plaque. Second place in each category will receive a certificate.  The winners will be announced at the KenTen Christian Writers Conference on June 20, 2022. The finalists in each category will receive a certificate.

TIMELINE:

Contest is currently OPEN.

Contest closes: March 15, 2022, at 4:00 PM central time. All contest entries and contest fees must be received by that time.

All entries will receive a confirmation e-mail indicating receipt of the entry. If an entrant does not receive a confirmation e-mail by midnight central time March 16, 2022, the entrant should e-mail the contest coordinator at rmerrick.writing@gmail.com. Please double-check your spam or junk mail folders first if you haven’t received your confirmation.

The winner will be announced at our evening meal June 20, 2022. 

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