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2015 Rita Winners in Contemporary and Suspense

Again, congratulations to the 2015 Golden Hearts Winners Kimberly Buckner, Tracy Poole, Michele Arris, Stephanie Winkelhake, Sara Leyton, and Jeanne Oates Estridge. And congratulations to the Rita Award Winners Caro Carson, Kriten Callihan, Tessa Dare, Meredith Duran, Juliana Stone, Tiffany Reisz, Anna Richland, J.D. Robb, Irene Hannon, Jill Shalvis, Jane Graves and Clara Kensie.

Here is a description of more of the Rita winning novels, this time Contemporary (Long, Mid-Length, and Short) and Suspense. More to follow…

 

Best Contemporary Romance: Long

Baby, It’s You
Jane Graves

With only the wedding dress on her back and her honeymoon luggage in the car, Kari Worthington is running away. Determined to put her controlling father, her rigidly structured life, and the uptight groom she left at the altar in her rearview mirror, she escapes to the Texas Hill country . . . and lands on a tall, dark, and gorgeous winery owner’s doorstep. All she needs is a job and a place to live until she can get back on her feet. So why is she fantasizing about losing herself in his powerful arms?

For Marc Cordero, freedom is so close he can taste it. He’s devoted his life to managing the family business and being a single dad. Now with his daughter away at college and his brother taking over the winery, Marc is ready to hop on his Harley for parts unknown-until a runaway bride bursts onto the scene. Free-spirited and tantalizingly sexy, Kari excites him like no other woman has before. But when irresistible passion turns into something more, will Marc give up his future to take a chance on love?

Best Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length

One in a Million
Jill Shalvis

As the brains behind wedding site TyingTheKnot.com, Callie sees it all: from the ring to the dress, the smiles . . . to the tears. It’s that last part that keeps her single and not looking. Getting left at the altar will do that to a girl. But when Callie returns to her old hometown, she finds that her sweet high school crush is sexier than ever. And he makes it hard to remember why she’s sworn off love . . .

Tanner is a deep-sea diver with a wild, adrenaline-junkie past—and now his teenage son is back in his life. How can Tanner be a role model when he’s still paying for his own mistakes? It’s hard enough that gorgeous Callie has appeared in town like a beautiful dream, challenging his best-laid plans to keep his heart on lockdown. Though there’s something about being around her again that makes him feel like he can be the man she—and his son—deserve. Little Lucky Harbor holds their past; can it hold a beautiful new future?

Best Contemporary Romance: Short

A Texas Rescue Christmas
Caro Carson

Home for Christmas…

Trey Waterston has been on the outside looking in for so long, he nearly forgot where home is. But when he has to go back to the ranch that is his Texas birthright, he expects it to be as difficult to navigate as everything else in his life. He does not expect to find a halfhearted search afoot for a missing heiress. Beautiful and innocent Rebecca Cargill has disappeared, and nightfall–and a snowstorm–is coming. If they don’t find her, she could die.

Not on my watch.

Instinctively, and directed only by a photograph, Trey knows he is the only one who can help her. Maybe he can finally claim his legacy. But why is he suddenly so sure Rebecca is a part of it?

Best Romantic Suspense

Concealed in Death
J.D. Robb

In a decrepit, long-empty New York building, Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s husband begins the demolition process by swinging a sledgehammer into a wall. When the dust clears, there are two skeletons wrapped in plastic behind it. He summons his wife immediately—and by the time she’s done with the crime scene, there are twelve murders to be solved.

The place once housed a makeshift shelter for troubled teenagers, back in the mid-2040s, and Eve tracks down the people who ran it. Between their recollections and the work of the force’s new forensic anthropologist, Eve begins to put names and faces to the remains. They are all young girls. A tattooed tough girl who dealt in illegal drugs. The runaway daughter of a pair of well-to-do doctors. They all had their stories. And they all lost their chance for a better life.

Then Eve discovers a connection between the victims and someone she knows. And she grows even more determined to reveal the secrets of the place that was called The Sanctuary—and the evil concealed in one human heart.

The List of RITA Winners:

 

Best First Book Run to You by Clara Kensie
Best Contemporary Romance: Long Baby, It’s You by Jane Graves
Best Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length One in a Million by Jill Shalvis
Best Contemporary Romance: Short A Texas Rescue Christmas by Caro Carson
Best Erotic Romance The Saint by Tiffany Reisz
Best Historical Romance: Long Fool Me Twice by Meredith Duran
Best Historical Romance: Short Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare
Best Inspirational Romance Deceived by Irene Hannon
Best Paranormal Romance Evernight by Kristen Callihan
Best Romance Novella His Road Home by Anna Richland
Best Romantic Suspense Concealed in Death by J.D. Robb
Best Young Adult Romance Boys Like You by Juliana Stone

 

 

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Florida Romance Writers Opens Golden Palm Contest for Published and Unpublished Writers

The Florida Romance Writers, a chapter of Romance Writers of America, has announced the 2015 Golden Palm Contest for published and unpublished writers.

At least one published author is to judge each entry on the first round. Participating editors and agents will judge the final round. All submissions are to remain anonymous to the judges. “For a non-published or published author, this is the perfect opportunity to avoid the slush pile and get your work critiqued by an editor or agent. Previously, finalists sold as a result of the Golden Palm Contest.”

Categories and Final Round Judges

Contemporary

  • Editor: Karen Reid, Harlequin
  • Editor: Allison Caroll, Harlequin
  • Editor: Victoria Curran, Harlequin
  • Editor: Rebecca Lucash, Avon Impulse

Historical

  • Editor:  Marla Daniels, Pocket Books
  • Editor: Nicole Fischer, Avon Impulse
  • Editor: Chelsey Emmelhainz, Avon Impulse
  • Editor: Elle Keck, Avon Impulse

Young Adult/New Adult

  • Editor: Piya Campana, Harlequin
  • Editor: Deirdre Mccluskey, Harlequin
  • Editor: Elana Cohen, Pocket Books (New Adult)
  • Agent:  Amanda Leuck, Spencerhill Associates (Tentative)

Paranormal

  • Agent: Laurie McLean, Fuse Literary
  • Agent: Nalini Akolekar, Spencerhill Associates
  • Agent: Laura Zats, Red Sofa Literary

Purpose

The purpose of the FRW Golden Palm Contest is to challenge and inspire unpublished authors and published authors of romance, as well as to help prepare for the process of sending proposals to editors, in order to bring their careers to a higher level.

Eligibility

The author must enter new, original work that has not been published by a traditional publisher, self-published, or contracted to be published.

More Information

For information about submission requirements, notices, deadlines, etc., CLICK HERE to reach FRW’s Golden Palm Contest page.

20th Annual Holt Medallion Contest

FROM THE VIRGINIA ROMANCE WRITERS:

Dear Author

The Virginia Romance Writers chapter of Romance Writers of America® is proud to announce our 20th Annual HOLT Medallion Contest for published authors. We would be honored to have you join our efforts to recognize and promote excellence in romantic fiction by entering your 2014 copyright romance book(s) in our competition.

The HOLT Medallion Award was named for VRW’s first elected president, Cynthia Holt, and serves as the acronym for Honoring Outstanding Literary Talent. Pewter medallions are awarded to the authors whose books are selected by a panel of romance readers as the best in each of twelve categories. What makes the HOLT unique is our purpose of reflecting the actual marketplace. Judging panels are comprised only of avid romance readers who participate with enthusiasm and sincerity. They’re looking for a good read, a book they would buy and an author they would follow. Their judging decisions reflect these inclinations. No editors, agents or writers are eligible to judge.

Eligible titles are romance novels, or novels with a strong element of romance, with a copyright date within the year preceding the competition (i.e., for the 2015 contest, books must have a 2014 copyright).

The eleven categories in which authors may enter are:

  • Historical
  • Mainstream/Single Title Contemporary
  • Long Contemporary
  • Short Contemporary
  • Long Inspirational
  • Short Inspirational
  • Paranormal/Time Travel/Futuristic/Fantasy
  • Romantic Suspense
  • Extra Spicy/Erotic
  • Novel with Strong Romantic Elements
  • Romance Novella

In addition, we have two bonus categories:

  • Best First Book ($5 additional fee)
  • Best Book by a Virginia Author (free for current Virginia residents)

Finalists will be announced on May 9th. Winners and Awards of Merit recipients will be announced at the June Meeting of the Virginia Romance Writers Chapter on June 13, 2015. They will also be published in a full page ad in RWR and Romantic Times magazine. In addition to the medallion (winners only), the winner and finalists receive a certificate.

The 2015 HOLT Medallion Contest will be accepting entries from December 1, 2014 through January 15, 2015.  Please visit www.virginiaromancewriters.com for rules and entry form.

Sincerely,

Lori Stacy
2015 HOLT Medallion Contest Coordinator
HOLTMedallion@gmail.com

2014 Stiletto Contest–Extended Deadline Closes in Two Days

Sponsored by the Contemporary Romance Writers chapter of Romance Writers of America, the 2014 Stiletto Contest is about to close. FROM CRW:

***ENTER THE
STILETTO CONTEST
FOR
UNPUBLISHED
CONTEMPORARY FICTION***

1) An amazing panel of final judges!

2) Open to published writers with uncontracted manuscripts, too!

3) The ONLY all-contemporary contest! 🙂

The 2014 Stiletto Contest for Unpublished Contemporary Fiction closes to entries this Friday, 9/19!

Full details and to enter, visit here: http://contemporaryromance.org/stiletto-contest/

Questions? Please contact our Contest Coordinator, Lisa Siefert at lisalisalisalisalisa (at) gmail (dot) com.

CATEGORIES AND FINAL JUDGES:

Single Title Contemporary Romance (70,000 words and up)

A love story set in the contemporary/modern world in which the romance is the main focus of the novel and it has an optimistic or happy ending.

Final Judge: Amanda Bergeron, Editor, Avon Romance

Single Title Contemporary Erotic Romance (70,000 words and up)

A love story set in the contemporary/modern world in which sexual situations and the sexual relationship of the characters is fundamental to plot and characterization. May use explicit language and contain graphic descriptions. The erotic romance is the main focus of the novel and it has an optimistic or happy ending.

Final Judge: Christa Desir, Editor, Samhain Publishing

Short Contemporary Romance (40,000 – 70,000 words)

A shorter love story set in the contemporary/modern world in which the romance is the main focus of the novel and it has an optimistic or happy ending.

Final Judge: Alethea Spiridon Hopson, Editorial Director of Indulgence, Entangled

Contemporary Novel with Strong Romantic Elements (60,000 words and up)

A story set in the contemporary/modern world that includes romantic elements (situations, relationships, etc.) but in which the romance does not have to be the main focus of the novel. Examples of possibly relevant story types include but are not limited to women’s fiction, chick lit, contemporary fiction, etc.

Final Judge: Allison Carroll, Editor, Harlequin HQN

Young Adult Contemporary Romance (50,000 words and up)*

A love story set in the contemporary/modern world in which a romance between adolescents is the main focus of the novel and it has an optimistic or happy ending.

Final Judge: Margo Lipschultz, Editor, Harlequin Teen

Young Adult Contemporary Novel with Romantic Elements (50,000 words and up)*

A story set in the contemporary/modern world centered around adolescent characters that includes romantic elements (situations, relationships, etc.) but in which the romance does not have to be the main focus of the novel.

Final Judge: Elizabeth Poteet, Assistant Editor, St. Martin’s Press

New Adult Contemporary Romance (70,000 words and up)

A love story set in the contemporary/modern world in which a romance usually involving at least one college-aged character (i.e., 18-24) is the main focus of the novel and it has an optimistic or happy ending.

Final Judge: Nicole Fischer, Editor, William Morrow Books

ELIGIBILITY:

All authors, regardless of publishing status, are welcome to enter this contest. All authors must be at least 18 years of age.

Submitted manuscripts must be new, original works of fiction that have not been published, self-published, or contracted to be published. Manuscripts must meet the word count minimums, as described in the corresponding Category section.

Authors may enter as many manuscripts as they choose, but each manuscript may be entered in only one category.

Each category must have a minimum of 10 entries to remain a part of this contest. RWA-CRW reserves the right to close a category if we receive less than 10 entries or more than 50 entries in that category.

2014 Stiletto Contest–Entries Due September 5

Sponsored by the Contemporary Romance Writers chapter of Romance Writers of America, the 2014 Stiletto Contest has opened & there are great categories for all your contemporary romance manuscripts (whether you’re published or unpublished)

Entries Due by September 5, 2014

Questions?

Contact Contest Coordinator, Lisa Siefert at lisalisalisalisalisa (at) gmail (dot) com.

CATEGORIES AND FINAL JUDGES:

Single Title Contemporary Romance (70,000 words and up)

  • A love story set in the contemporary/modern world in which the romance is the main focus of the novel and it has an optimistic or happy ending.
  • Final Judge: Amanda Bergeron, Editor, Avon Romance

Single Title Contemporary Erotic Romance (70,000 words and up)

  • A love story set in the contemporary/modern world in which sexual situations and the sexual relationship of the characters is fundamental to plot and characterization. May use explicit language and contain graphic descriptions. The erotic romance is the main focus of the novel and it has an optimistic or happy ending.
  • Final Judge: Christa Desir, Editor, Samhain Publishing

Short Contemporary Romance (40,000 – 70,000 words)

  • A shorter love story set in the contemporary/modern world in which the romance is the main focus of the novel and it has an optimistic or happy ending.
  • Final Judge: Alethea Spiridon Hopson, Editorial Director of Indulgence, Entangled

Contemporary Novel with Strong Romantic Elements (60,000 words and up)

  • A story set in the contemporary/modern world that includes romantic elements (situations, relationships, etc.) but in which the romance does not have to be the main focus of the novel. Examples of possibly relevant story types include but are not limited to women’s fiction, chick lit, contemporary fiction, etc.
  • Final Judge: Allison Carroll, Editor, Harlequin HQN

Young Adult Contemporary Romance (50,000 words and up)*

  • A love story set in the contemporary/modern world in which a romance between adolescents is the main focus of the novel and it has an optimistic or happy ending.
  • Final Judge: Margo Lipschultz, Editor, Harlequin Teen

Young Adult Contemporary Novel with Romantic Elements (50,000 words and up)*

  • A story set in the contemporary/modern world centered around adolescent characters that includes romantic elements (situations, relationships, etc.) but in which the romance does not have to be the main focus of the novel.
  • Final Judge: Elizabeth Poteet, Assistant Editor, St. Martin’s Press

New Adult Contemporary Romance (70,000 words and up)

  • A love story set in the contemporary/modern world in which a romance usually involving at least one college-aged character (i.e., 18-24) is the main focus of the novel and it has an optimistic or happy ending.
  • Final Judge: Nicole Fischer, Editor, William Morrow Books

ELIGIBILITY:

All authors, regardless of publishing status, are welcome to enter this contest. All authors must be at least 18 years of age.

Submitted manuscripts must be new, original works of fiction that have not been published, self-published, or contracted to be published. Manuscripts must meet the word count minimums, as described in the corresponding Category section.

Authors may enter as many manuscripts as they choose, but each manuscript may be entered in only one category.

Each category must have a minimum of 10 entries to remain a part of this contest. RWA-CRW reserves the right to close a category if we receive less than 10 entries or more than 50 entries in that category.

About Contemporary Romance Writers Chapter of RWA

The Contemporary Romance Writers group is a place where you can mingle with other authors who understand you, your voice, and this popular sub-genre romantic.

Unlike other RWA chapters, CRW-RWA is not about location. Members network with people from every walk of life, all over the world. From all 50 states, from Europe, Australia, Asia, Canada. CRW-RWA is Black, White, Asian and Hispanic. CRW-RWA creates a global, online community of writers who share the same interest–writing and publishing Contemporary Romance. There are no limitations to its discussions, information sharing, support and growth in its genre.

CRW’s Mission:

  • To educate contemporary romantic fiction writers at all stages of their careers – offering valuable resources, craft advice, and timely industry news.
  • To promote the Contemporary Romance genre and other forms of contemporary romantic fiction to the world via blog articles, interviews, and programming.
  • To provide professional networking opportunities for all members–published or not.
  • To provide social and moral support to those who choose to write contemporary romantic fiction.

 

Rita Awards Rules Changes for 2015

Romance Writers of America has announced some significant changes from last year’s RITA rules. Many of the changes are based on member input; other changes were necessary in order to manage the increased number of entries. The RWA Board has provided the rules at this time so its members can become familiar with the changes before judges are asked to sign up (in September) and the contest opens for entries (in October).

Summary of Changes

(Please note: This summary of changes is from the RWA site, but it is not meant to replace or supersede the actual rules. Entrants should read the actual rules carefully before entering the RITA contest. This is provided as a preliminary courtesy.)

  • Entrants are required to judge.
  • Entrants will not judge in a category in which they are entered.
  • Judges will be allowed to opt out of two categories.
  • Contemporary romance is divided into three categories and historical into two categories, based on word count, with the goal of dividing the number of entries equally among the available categories. Please note that the number of entries, by category, vary from year to year, and the resulting number of entries in each category may not be equally divided.
  • Each entry will be scored between 1.0 (lowest) and 10.0 (highest).
  • Judges will assign one score to each work, with the final score calculated by dropping the high and the low score and averaging the remaining three scores (trimmed mean).
  • The top 4% of each category’s entries (based on the number of qualified entries received) will advance to the final round, except each category will have no fewer than 4 finalists or more than 10 finalists.

For more information GO HERE.