Genesis Press Partners with Sister2Sister Magazine to Launch Romance Writing Contest

Winner to Receive Cash Prize, Book Contract and National Magazine Feature

Columbus, MS ( – Genesis Press announced that it will partner with Sister2Sister magazine to promote its first annual romance writers’ contest. The writing contest coincides with the release of Genesis Press’s latest romance title, Singing A Song… by Crystal Rhodes, and is part of a special Sister2Sister promotion. Aspiring, unpublished romance writers have the opportunity to participate in this national talent search and jump-start their publishing career. The contest runs through April 30, with one winner announced on May 31, 2009. The winner will receive a $1,500 cash prize, a full book contract with Genesis Press and appear in the August issue of Sister2Sister with CEO/publisher, Jamie Foster Brown. To enter, writers 18 years or older should submit the first two pages of a romance novel to or

“Genesis Press is thrilled to partner with Sister2Sister in our first annual romance writers’ contest. We publish several different imprints targeting African American women and believe the Sister2Sister partnership will help us identify new talent and expose our books to an audience highly receptive to romance,” stated Deborah Johnson Schumaker, published romance author and Genesis Press executive editor.

“If you’ve ever considered writing a romance novel, now’s the time to whip up those first two pages and enter to win,” says Jamie Foster Brown, publisher, Sister2Sister.

Writers will find contest rules and writing tips on the Genesis web site and can also order the latest title, Singing A Song…, which introduces romance readers to diva Darnell Cameron and playboy Thad Steward, two American idols whose mutual destiny includes a mysterious stalker intent on eliminating one of them. This is award-winning author and playwright Crystal Rhodes’s third Genesis novel and the first of six new titles Genesis Press will release during the contest promotion. Books are also available at retail outlets including Wal-Mart, Borders and Barnes & Noble.

Genesis Press is the largest privately owned African-American book publisher in the U.S. Founded in 1993 by two African-American attorneys, Dorothy and Wilbur Colom. Genesis’s imprints include Indigo, Indigo After Dark and Love Spectrum.

Sister2Sister Magazine targets African-American women and is close to 20 years old. It reaches more than 800,000 readers each month with an editorial focus on celebrity news and entertainment.