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Calling all lovers…
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Calling all lovers…

…Of romance writing!

The second annual XO Romance Prize opens for entries on 31 August.

The prize is open to unpublished manuscripts by Australian writers aged 18 years and over. The winner will be chosen by acclaimed fiction editor Alexandra Nahlous and receives $5000 AUD and a publishing contract with XO Romance, a division of independent Australian publisher Xoum.

“We believe in publishing Aussie voices and telling Aussie stories — and romance is a vital and vibrant part of this,” said Xoum Publishing Director Rod Morrison. “After the success of last year’s prize, we can’t wait to read this year’s submissions.”

The XO Romance Prize gives Australian romance writers an opportunity to have their novel published by an independent publisher whose innovation and skill have seen them grow exponentially in the past five years.

Entries close at 5pm on 31 October 2017 and the winner will be announced in January 2018.

Ballarat-based debut author Jean Flynn won the inaugural prize and her novel Lovesick was published this month, garnering strong media interest and sales.

“Winning the inaugural XO Romance Prize not only gave my writing validation, it also meant getting the opportunity to work with a fantastic publisher and see Lovesick come to life,” Jean said. “It’s hard to believe that my manuscript is now an actual book, sitting on actual shelves, in actual bookshops. I’m so glad I entered.”

So get scribbling, romance-fanciers.

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