Touch of Magic Scoresheets

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If you are considering volunteering to judge, but you aren’t certain how to go about it, CFRW’s own Blair Bancroft has put together some information that might help. Please download ContestJudging212, or see her website for information on how to offer constructive criticism.


Short Contemporary


Single Title Contemporary






Novel with Strong Romantic Elements


Romantic Suspense


Please download the appropriate scoresheet for your category!


Short Contemporary (previously called Series Contemporary): manuscripts intended for submission to one of the Harlequin category romance lines or similar, final MS length est. 50,000 – 70,000 words.

Single Title Contemporary: manuscripts intended for submission to a single title publishing house; final MS length est. > 80,000 words.

Historical: manuscripts in which the action takes place previous to 1945:

 Paranormal: manuscripts which include paranormal elements, time travels, or futuristics

 Novel with Strong Romantic Elements: manuscripts in which romance is a strong, but not primary, theme; e.g. chick lit, women’s fiction

 Romantic Suspense: story line includes significant external conflict and danger, a villain as the antagonist, and a commensurate level of tension and intrigue.

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