Contest Success Stories

A note from Nick Genovese–

Over the last several years as the Dixie Kane Contest Coordinator, I have received notice of several entrants who have succeeded with their Dixie Kane Entry.  Here are a few:

Hi Nick,

Entering the 6th Annual Dixie Kane Memorial Contest helped in my journey to get The Hourglass published. Besides great feedback from the judges, the win in the Novel with Strong Romantic Elements category caught the attention of an agent, who ultimately sold my book. Please thank the Dixie Kane judges for contributing to my success.

Sharon Struth

Dear Nick,

I just wanted to let you know that my 2011 Dixie Kane entry, Don’t Mess With Mick, but now newly titled, Exposure, is a GH finalist for 2012. I took the advice of the Dixie Kane judges on those first five pages and fine tuned them. The Dixie Kane judges definitely were a major contribution to my success and I highly recommend the Dixie Kane contest to my chapter mates.

Robena Grant

Dear Nick,

I want to thank you for faithfully hosting this contest for so many years.  I am happy to report that my frequent flyer entry, Second Chances, has sold to Nicola Martinez at White Rose Publishing.  It will be published as Mended Heart within the next year.

I must give credit to the Dixie Kane contest.  Without the valuable feedback of your judges, I could not have improved my writing to a caliber worthy of publication.  THANK YOU!

Please give my thanks to all those involved with making the contest happen.


Mary Manners

Dear Mr. Genovese,

I’m writing to express my thanks to the Dixie Kane Contest judges for their great guidance.   My entry, Fugue Macabre: Ghost Dance is now published with Sapphire Blue Publishing.  The help I received from the judges made it all possible.

Thank you and them.

C. J. Parker

My name is Viola Russell, and I began writing the manuscript that would eventually become my e-book, BURIED TRUTHS, when I entered the Dixie Kane contest.  I only had written five pages at the time of the contest, but the feedback from the judges encouraged me to keep writing and provided me with fresh insights.  The plotline evolved from there, and a year later, Sapphire Blue Publishing published my book and I am busy shopping a second manuscript.

I want to thank you and the judges for the wonderful feedback I received on my first five pages of my paranormal romance entry, NOT AN ANGEL. Even though I did not final in this contest, I did receive great advice from the professional judges. I was able to strengthen my weaknesses and ended up publishing NOT AN ANGEL, which released May 2010 with The Wild Rose Press. The feedback was very valuable.


Dawn Chartier