|Why Resist a Rebel?|
by Leah Ashton
CONTEMPORARY SERIES ROMANCE
Karen Reid ~ Associate Editor, Super Romance, Harlequin
Romantic series novels. If your manuscript is a series romantic suspense, you may enter the Contemporary Series category or the Romantic Suspense category. Please check our score sheets to see which benefits your writing. An example is the 2014 RWA RITA winnner: WHY RESIST A REBEL?
|No Good Duke|
by Sarah MacLean
Gabrielle Keck ~ Editorial Assistant, Avon / William Morrow
Romantic novels with non-contemporary settings, including regency & gothic romances. An example is the 2014 RWA RITA winnner: NO GOOD DUKE GOES UNPUNISHED.
|Five Days in Skye|
by Carla Laureano
David C. Cook
Raela Schoenherr ~ Bethany House
Romantic novels with an inspirational message/theme, including romantic suspense, historical, etc. An example is the 2014 RWA RITA winnner: FIVE DAYS IN SKYE.
|The Haunting of|
by Simone St. James
MAINSTREAM with ROMANTIC ELEMENTS
Laura Fazio ~ Assistant Editor, NAL
Novels that include an element of romance but in which traditional romance conventions are not followed and in which there are themes and conflicts beyond romance. Mainly women’s fiction and chick lit. An example is the 2013 RWA RITA winnner: THE HAUNTING OF MADDY CLAIRE.
Julie Mianecki ~ Assistant Editor, Berkley
Novels appropriate for new adult readers. Includes heroes and heroines not exceeding 25 years of age. Novels similar to YA that can be published and marketed as adult—a sort of older YA market. New Adult fiction tends to focus on "first" experience issues. Some examples are leaving home, developing sexuality, negotiating education, first job or career choices.
|Off the Edge|
by Carolyn Crane
Alex Logan - Editor, Grand Central Publishing
Romantic novels that include an element of mystery or suspense. Since the final round editor is from a single title publisher, contestants may want to enter series romantic suspense in the contemporary series category. An example is the 2014 RWA RITA winnner:
|Crazy Thing Called Love|
by Molly O'Keefe
Random House Group,
Ballantine Bantam Dell
SINGLE TITLE ROMANCE
Madeleine Colavita Editorial Assistant, Grand Central Publishing
Romantic novels released as individual titles. An example is the 2014 RWA RITA winnner: CRAZY THING CALLED LOVE.
by Susanna Kearsley
Kristine Swartz ~ Assistant Editor, Berkley
Romantic novels of any time setting (historical or futuristic) with Alternate Earth Histories, Dystopian, Futuristic, Fantasy, Time Travel, Paranormal or Urban Fantasy. Please keep in mind that the emphasis should be on the romance. An example is the 2014 RWA RITA winnner: THE FIREBIRD.
by Emily McKay
Alice Jerman ~ Assistant Editor, HarperCollins