Aspiring Author Contest winners have been announced!  Romance Slam Jam (RSJ) with support from Diverse Writers and Readers International, inspires more diversity by encouraging aspiring black authors to continue into a writing career. To support this mission, we created the Aspiring Author Contest to advocate the black romance industry. The contest serves to encourage unpublished black authors to submit their manuscripts for review, with an opportunity to potentially be published.  After all, the book industry is in need of more diverse characters written by diverse authors.  The contest entrants will receive constructive criticism and positive feedback on their works.

A special thanks to author Wayne Jordan of Romance Novels in Color for heading and helping us support the Aspiring Author Contest for future black authors.


2017 Aspiring Author Winners


~~ 1st PLACE ~~

Nicole Watson
Entry submission title:  “Pink: Four Freshman” – Urban Mystery/Fiction Genre
1st place receives a Submission of the entry proposal (query letter, synopsis and first three chapters) to Latoya Smith (Freelance Editor and Agent with L. Perkins Agency) and a three-month mentorship by a published author.


~~ 2nd PLACE ~~

Jayna Breigh
Entry submission title:  “Third Second Chance” – Inspirational Romance Genre
2nd place receives a Two-month mentorship by a published author.


~~ 3rd PLACE ~~

Kamyra Harding
Entry submission title:  “Simply Millie” – Romance Genre
3rd place receives a critique of their submission by a published author.


Have you seen the 2017 Emma Awards Winners for published authors? – CLICK HERE

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