Dixie Kane Memorial Contest

*The Dixie Kane Memorial Contest has regrettably been suspended for 2016. We hope to return it in the following year. Please see our Mardi Gras Anthology page for this year’s writing event.


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 31, 2015August 15, 2015

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 an optional synopsis (one page, single-spaced, not judged). Electronic submissions only.  Submit payment first via PayPal to be redirected to the entry form.


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

Judges: Experienced, trained, published/nonpublished.

Final Reader for first place entries: Gail Delaney, Desert Breeze Publishing

Prizes: $50 cash prize with tie breaker and special certificate for the overall highest score of all categories.  Winners: First, second, third place, and honorable mention winners in each category will be announced on September 30, 2015. Also, first place winning entries will be sent to final judges for reading and potential requests for full or partial ms.  First, second, third place, and honorable mention certificates. Winners will be announced  in RWR, posted to SOLA’s website, New Orleans Times Picayune and other publications.

FMI: For entry form and rules visit www.solawriters.org, email the Contest Coordinator.

Sponsored by The Southern Louisiana Chapter

of the Romance Writers of America

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