The RITA® Award
The purpose of the RITA award is to promote excellence in the romance genre by recognizing outstanding published romance novels and novellas.
The award itself is a golden statuette named after RWA's first president, Rita Clay Estrada, and has become the symbol for excellence in published romance fiction.
About the Contest
Up to 1,200 romance novels from 11 different categories are entered in the RITA competition each year. A novel may be entered either by the author or by the book's publisher in one of the 11 categories. After the first round of judging by published romance authors, the competition narrows to approximately 100 finalists.
Once RWA announces the RITA finalists, a final round of judges evaluates and ranks these novels to determine the 11 RITA Award winners. The RITA Award winners are announced at the Awards Ceremony at the RWA Annual Conference.
Romance Writers of America will announce the winners of the 2013 RITA contest at the Awards Ceremony at the 33rd Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA, on July 20.
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