Enter FFTH

The Fiction From the Heartland Contest is for any writer, unpublished (traditionally or self-published) in book-length romance fiction of 40K words or more in the past five years AND uncontracted in book-length fiction

2021 Official RulesEmail Contest Coordinator
Entry Fee

The entry fee is $35. Click the button below to pay online via PayPal. If you would like to send a check please see the official rules for details.


Entries and payments are due no later than 11:59 pm CT on October 1, 2022.

First Round / Critique Judges
Entries will be judged by two experienced judges, one of which will be a published author. Each entrant will receive a one-page, written critique and a detailed score sheet from each judge.
Finalist Judges

Finalists will be judged by an industry editor AND agent.

The finalist judges for this contest are still being finalized and will be announced on this page and the MARA social media accounts as soon as they are complete.

Please note: MARA reserves the right to make changes to this list as needed. These agents and editors will read and judge the entries that final in the Fiction from the Heartland Contest.

How to Enter

Enter using the form below. You must upload your entry document using the uploader below the form.

See the Official Rules for more details about how to format your entry. 

By submitting the form below you agree to our entry *Waiver and agree to abide by the rules and requirements of this contest.

Fiction From the Heartland 2022 Entry Form

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*Waiver: I hereby request that this entry be entered in the Fiction From the Heartland contest.  I certify this to be my original work.  I understand that contest judging is subjective by nature.  In consideration of MARA’s acceptance of my entry in this contest, I agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless MARA, its officers, members and all judges from liability for its/their handling of my entry.