FFTH Contest

What People Are Saying

Hear testimonials from former entrants, finalists, and winners of the FFTH Contest.

I attribute my first sale to this contest.

Laura Abbot

“Thank you so much for this opportunity. This has proved to be the best contest I have yet to enter thanks to your supportive voices.”

“I understand now why the MARA contest has such a great reputation.  I’ll definitely enter again next year, knowing that I will get detailed, considerate and helpful feedback.”

And 2000 RITA® winner for Best First Book (The Maiden and the Unicorn), Isolde Martyn thanked MARA and the Fiction From the Heartland Contest in her acceptance speech

“I was surprised at the level of the critique that I received, especially from the published judge. The level of depth they went to, the amount that they critiqued was fantastic.”

“The feedback was honest and to the point – both positive and developmental.”


“I am absolutely thrilled to have finaled!  Even better is all of the wonderful feedback which will really help as I prepare to enter the Golden Heart.  The quality of this contest really is exceptional.”
“Thanks again for running such a great contest! I’ll enter again next year. The comments were gold!”

“I really appreciated both the judges’ insights and their encouragements.  The MARA contest has been a rewarding and enjoyable experience. Thank you so much.”

I had no idea when I entered the MARA Contest how it would change my life. Not only did I win the contemporary category and the best overall, but the judging editor requested the entire manuscript and I went on to become a published author! I can’t recommend this contest enough.

Donna Delaney