The Royal Ascot Contest


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The 2018 Beau Monde Royal Ascot Contest

The Royal Ascot is the only RWA® chapter contest devoted exclusively to the Regency. The contest goal is to promote Regency romances by encouraging the development of authors who set their stories in the Regency period.

The Royal Ascot Competition comprises two contests—The Royal Ascot Contest and The Royal Ascot Readers’ Choice Category Awards. Please see the Royal Ascot Readers’ Choice Category Awards page for detailed information on that contest.


  • The Royal Ascot Contest is open to unpublished authors and published writers seeking representation and/or a publisher.
  • Entries must be uncontracted at the date of entry, and remain unpublished (traditional or self-published) as long as they are under consideration. Note: A self-published work is considered published.
  • All entries must have at least partial Regency (Late Georgian) setting, broadly defined: within the United Kingdom between 1780 and 1840.
  • Entrants may re-submit any entry that has finaled, but not won the contest in previous years.
  • Note: Entrants wishing to enter the Royal Ascot Readers’ Choice Category Awards must submit the same entry entered in the Royal Ascot Contest.


Entry Fees

  • $24 for Beau Monde members for first entry
  • $30 for non-members for first entry
  • $20 for each subsequent entry

Submission Guidelines

  • First 7,000 words (determined by computer word count) and an optional 1-2 page double-spaced synopsis (not judged). If a synopsis is included, please paste it onto the end of your manuscript submission, submitting only one document.
  • Entries should be prepared using US Letter (8.5″x11″) page size and be in standard manuscript format (double-spaced, 12 point Courier or Times New Roman font, 1-inch margins, no more than 25 lines per page).
  • Headers: Category on the left side of the header and title and page numbers on the right.
  • Entrant’s name should not be anywhere on the entry.
  • File format: .doc, .docx
  • Electronic entries only. No paper entries allowed.
  • Payment of entry fee is by PayPal only. No checks accepted.

Failure to meet the submission guidelines will result in disqualification and a return of your entry fee. For more guidance, email the Royal Ascot Coordinator.


  • $100.00 and a certificate for Grand Prize Winner
  • $25.00 and a certificate for all Finalists
  • Grand Prize Winner and Finalists will be featured in all publicity.


First Round Judges: There will be four judges for each entry, at least one published in Regency Romance. Lowest score will be dropped.

Final Round Judges are:

  • Erin Molta – Entangled Publishing


  • Kevan Lyon – Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
  • Joanna MacKenzie – Nelson Literary Agency


In first round, the lowest score will be dropped. In the event of a tie, the lowest score will determine which entry moves onto the final round.

The top four finalists will advance to the final round. Only one grand prize winner will be chosen. If there is a tie in the final round, a fourth agent or editor judge will be brought in, at the discretion of the Beau Monde Board and the Royal Ascot Coordinator, to break the tie.


Categories are used to determine first round judges only, and include:

  • Regency Historical (longer Regency or Mainstream Regency-set)
  • Hot Regency (Very sensual to Erotic Regency, at author’s discretion)
  • Wild Regency (Paranormal, Time Travel, other similar Regency)
  • Sweet & Mild Regency (Traditional, Inspirational, Young Adult or other without explicit sex)

The 2018 Royal Ascot Committee


If you have any questions, need help with your entry or wish to obtain a sample scoresheet, please feel free to contact the contest coordinators at royalascot ( at ) thebeaumonde ( dot) com.

Kalinya Parker-Pryce,
Royal Ascot Contest Coordinator


Please click here to register for the 2018 Royal Ascot Contest.

After your registration and payment is submitted via myRWA’s system, the contest coordinators will email you with where/how to submit your entry.