Announcing the “ROMANCE ME” Genre Novel Competition

Three Winners to Collect Cash Prizes , Publicity, and Consultation Services in Romance Novel Contest

AUSTIN, TEXAS September 26, 2016 – AUTHORS, Inc., creator of, the revolutionary query and submissions service marrying traditional publishing and intelligent machine learning, announced “Romance Me,” a novel competition for romance writers.  The competition will award three prizes that include cash, query review consultation, and more. The first chapter of the winning manuscript will be published on lead romance blog, The winning manuscripts will also be sent directly to the inboxes of’s’ more than 40 partners, including agents at Trident Literary Management and acquisitions editors at Hachette Book Group and Penguin Random House.  The competition opens September 26 and ends December 15, 2016.

“The Romance competition discovers and amplifies voices in this powerhouse genre,” said Monica Landers, CEO of “Romance has consistently been one of the most dynamic genres in the industry, so we’re beyond thrilled to see what this enthusiastic community has to offer.”

Eligible writers can submit their manuscripts through December 15 using the platform which enables them to quickly add all the pertinent details concerning themselves and their work, resulting in a consistent, media-rich output that will be available for the judges’ review. Submission is limited to one manuscript per email address, must be original to the submitting author.

The distinguished panel will include three experts in the Romance publishing industry: Katherine Pelz, Associate Editor at Berkley/NAL, an imprint of Penguin Random House, Marissa Sangiacomo, Marketing Director for St. Martin’s Press, St. Martin’s Griffin, and Swerve, imprints of Macmillan Publishing Group, and Lexi Smail, Editorial Assistant at Forever and Forever Yours, imprints of the Hachette Book Group.