2019 RITA Winners

Romance Writers of America (RWA) announced the winners of the 2019 RITA® Awards on July 26 in New York City, New York. The RITA—the highest award of distinction in romance fiction—recognizes excellence in published romance novels and novellas. Congratulations to this year's winners!


Best First Book Winner

Lady in Waiting Marie Tremayne
Lady in Waiting by Marie Tremayne
HarperCollins, Avon Impulse
Elle Keck, editor

Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length Winner

Advanced Physical ChemistrySusannah Nix
Advanced Physical Chemistry by Susannah Nix
Julia Ganis, editor

Erotic Romance Winner

Three-Way SplitElia Winters
Three-Way Split by Elia Winters
Entangled Publishing, LLC, Scorched
Tera Cuskaden, editor

Historical Romance: Short Winner

Between the Devil and the Duke Kelly Bowen
A Duke in the Night by Kelly Bowen
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Alex Logan, editor

Paranormal Romance Winner

Dearest Ivie JR Ward
Dearest Ivie by J. R. Ward
Ballantine Bantam Dell, Ballantine Books
Kara Welsh, editor

Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements Winner

Saturday Night Supper Club Carla Laureano
The Saturday Night Supper Club by Carla Laureano
Tyndale House Publishers
Sarah Rische and Jan Stob, editors

Young Adult Romance Winner

My So-Called Bollywood Life Nisha Sharma
My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma
Crown Books for Young Readers
Phoebe Yeh, editor

Contemporary Romance: Long Winner

Long ShotKennedy Ryan
Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan
Lauren Clarke, editor

Contemporary Romance: Short Winner

The Bachelor's Baby SurpriseTeri Wilson
The Bachelor’s Baby Surprise by Teri Wilson
Harlequin, Special Edition
Gail Chasan, editor

Historical Romance: Long Winner

A Wicked Kind of Husband Mia Vincy
A Wicked Kind of Husband by Mia Vincy


Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance Winner

How to Keep a Secret Sarah Morgan
How to Keep a Secret by Sarah Morgan
Harlequin, HQN
Flo Nicoll, editor

Romance Novella Winner

Bad Blood M Malone
Bad Blood by M. Malone
Angela Ramey, editor

Romantic Suspense Winner

Fearless Elizabeth Dyer
Fearless by Elizabeth Dyer