Lone Star Writing Competition Winners

I’m backtracking and posting my other contest co-winners. I think it’ll be fun to keep a watch on these manuscripts that are making the journey at the same time I am.


presents the winners of the

The Seventeenth Annual


The 2009 Lone Star Writing Competition committee is proud to announce the 2009 winners.  A third of our winners had requests from an agent, an editor or both.  Congratulations!

Contemporary Series

Wanda Ottewell, Harlequin

Natanya Wheeler, Nancy Yost Literary Agency

1st: HEAD GAMES, Denise Cychosz, Waukesha, Wisconsin*

 California (formerly of Dallas)

3rd: LAURA TAKES A LOVER, Mary Oldham, Beaverton, Oregon

*Partial request from editor

Young Adult

Kat O’She, Leap Books

Jim McCarthy, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management

1st: WILDFLOWERS AND WINGED BOYS, Laurel Wanrow, Reston, VA*

2nd: A WITCH’S WISH, Martha Ferris, Freedom, WY

3rd: JOURNEY TO EDEN, Natasha Hanova, Overland Park, KS

*Partial request from editor

Romantic Suspense

Becky Vinter, NAL

Lois Winston, Ashley Grayson Literary Agency

1st: FROM BAGHDAD WITH LOVE, Gail Zerrade, Boise ID*

2nd: SWITCHED IN DEATH, Sherry Foley, Smithville MO

3rd: SHOT THROUGH THE HEART, D’Ann Linscott-Dunham, Olathe CO

*Full request from agent

Historical Category

Alicia Condon, Editor, Dorchester

Michelle Grajkowski, Literary Agent

1st: THE VISCOUNT’S DILEMMA, Theresa St. Romain, Wichita KS***

2nd: SURRENDER THE STORM, Angelique Newman, Sault Ste. Marie, ON*

3rd: THE HOUSE PARTY, Beatriz Chantrill Williams, Greenwich, CT*

***Full request from editor and agent

*Full request from editor and partial request from agent


Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks

Tina Wexler, International Creative Management

1st: SUBENA’S SACRIFICE, Robin Weaver, Concord, NC *

2nd: GUARDIAN ANGEL, Joey Kristine Berube, Round Rock, TX

3rd: CALLING FIRE, Melanie Card, Waterloo, ON

*Partial requested from agent

Single Title

Leis Pederso, Penguin

Paige Wheeler, Folio Literary Management

1st: SONGBIRD, Lizbeth Selvig, Webster, MN

2nd: PLEASURE, Jeanell Bolton, Georgetown, TX

3rd: KISSING MY OLD LIFE Au REVOIR, Beth Watson, Oak Creek, WI


Jessica Barnes, WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group

Tamela Hancock Murray, Hartline Literary

1st:  VIOLETS AND VIOLINS, Keli Gwyn, Placerville, CA*

2nd: TURNING PAIGE, Kara Bonnevie, Wellington, NZ

3rd: LETTING LOVE IN, Teresa Goudey, Leona Valley, CA

*Full request from agent


About Laurel Wanrow

Magic. Nature. Adventure.

Posted on December 24, 2009, in Contests, RWA, Writing. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Laurel, congratulations on your first place and your request from the editor.

    Since you like to keep up on news from other finalists, I’ll share mine. On the eve of Christmas Eve I received an offer of representation from an agent who had requested my full in another contest I’d entered. Talk about a wonderful present!

    I wish you all the best in 2010 and hope you’re posting news of your first sale soon.



    • Hey Keli,
      Congratulations! An offer is a wonderful present and I’m very happy for you. How great to enter the next stage of your writing career with the new year! Good luck as you keep up the good work and please pass on the details when you sell.



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