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Does Your Kiss Scene Make Hearts Pound?

Let’s Find Out!

We want butterflies in our belly! We want to feel fizzy and giddy and flushed with desire!

In short, we want to read YOUR 1st Kiss Scene!

Titillate us, captivate us, make us yearn for more! If you make our hearts race, you’ll receive private coaching from #1 bestselling, award-winning Romance author, Adrienne deWolfe, who has a proven track record of helping Romance writers get better reviews and climb the charts at Amazon. You’ll also win an Amazon Gift Card.

Hurry! Only 1,000 entries will be accepted!

  • Deadline: Midnight, July 1st 

  • Contest Fee: $20 per entry

  • Entry Length: 10 pages (5,000 words max.)

Contest Rules

  • Please read this section thoroughly.
  • The 1st Kiss Contest is open to any writer of book-length commercial Romance, which means the plot of your manuscript must focus on one couple’s love story, and the resolution must be optimistic (the “happy-ever-after.”)
  • We welcome submissions from all Romance subgenres, including:
    • Romantic Suspense
    • Contemporary Romance
    • Historical Romance
    • Paranormal Romance
    • Young Adult Romance
    • New Adult Romance
    • Inspirational Romance, and
    • Erotic Romance.
  • Your judges will include published Romance novelists and the staff of WriteRomanceNovelsThatSell.com. The judges’ decisions will be final. (Click here for judging criteria.)
  • Your entry must be an original work of commercial Romance fiction.
  • Your entry must consist of no more than 10 double-spaced pages (or a maximum of 5,000 words.) See formatting instructions, below.
  • If you have written multiple manuscripts, you may submit as many unique, 10-page “1st Kiss Entries” as you like. Each 10-page entry must be submitted separately, and each entry must be accompanied by a separate, $20 payment. 
  • Entries and contest fees must be submitted no later than midnight, Chicago Time, on July 1. This deadline is absolute, and no exceptions will be made for ANY reason, including digital failures.
  • Entrants who fail to meet the July 1st deadline will be disqualified, and their entry fee will be forfeited.

Formatting Instructions

  • Submissions that do not follow standard manuscript formatting (as described, below) will be disqualified and discarded, and the entry fee will be forfeited.
  • Please follow these formatting guidelines:
    • Cover Sheet: Include your name, title, subgenre, email, and telephone number.
    • On each additional page: type the following in the upper right corner: Book Title/Page #
    • Use 12-point Courier font (or a similar monospaced serif font)
    • Double-spaced lines of text
    • 1-inch margins
    • Paragraph indentations of 0.5 inches

When you click, “Buy Now,” you will be directed to PayPal. After your payment, PayPal will send you back to this website, where you will complete the Contest Entry Form and upload your scene for the judges.