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My local RWA chapter is hosting the 5th annual Dixie Kane contest for writers. I entered last year but didn’t win which was OK. I didn’t expect to win but I did better than I thought I would. I also received wonderful feedback from the judges which has helped me to realize where I need improvement and also shown me what I did right (I was excited to see these comments ). Anyway, the contest is open now and will be ending soon so get your entries in.

The Dixie Kane Memorial Contest is a literary contest in honor of the late Linda Kay West, attorney, who wrote as Dixie Kane. A member of SOLA and RWA for many years, Linda served in numerous board positions. She shared her knowledge of writing, publishing, and law generously as a speaker at SOLA’s meetings and conferences. SOLA created the Dixie Kane Memorial Contest to encourage aspiring writers to hone their craft and submit their work.

Sponsor: SOLA, the Southern Louisiana Chapter of RWA

Fee: $15.00

Deadline: July 15, 2010

Eligibility: Entrants do not need to be members of Romance Writers of America to enter.

Enter: Just a taste–the first five (5) pages double spaced and a synopsis (one page, single-spaced, not judged). No electronic submissions.  Contest Entry Form


  • Short/long series contemporary
  • Single title contemporary
  • Historical romance
  • Paranormal
  • Inspirational
  • Novel w/ strong romantic elements
  • Romantic suspense
  • Erotic romance

Also our monthly SOLA meeting will be next Saturday, July 17. We will have Dr. Jeffrey Long there to speak about near-death experiences and his book “Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences”. You never know, you might find some inspiration for your next book while here. You can get information about the meeting on SOLA’s website.

C’est tout!