Thanks to the Writer Beware blog, I heard about a good writing competition for romance scribes.
It's called the First Chapters Romance Writing Competition, and writers can submit until Aug. 22.
All the nitty-gritty details are online, but the basics are these: The contest calls for full romance mss that have never been published, save those that were self published. There were be online judging early on by peers, then the winners get money and publication (through Simon & Schuster).
See the site and read the details thoroughly. All in all, it sounds like a solid contest. If you were able to prove yourself through winning (or at least doing very well) in such a competition, agents may come a' knockin.