Apply to be a Judge for the Golden Heart and Diamond Heart Contests

RWA Contest Judges Needed!

We're excited to announce the return of the Golden Heart Awards for pre-published authors and the introduction of the Diamond Heart Awards for published authors in 2024, marking a significant milestone in our journey. We seek judges with a profound love and knowledge of romance fiction, committed to fair assessments and adhering to RWA's core values.

You are invited to extend your expertise as a judge for the 2024 awards. 

Important Dates:

  • Judge sign-up begins: April 19, 2024
  • Judge sign-ups close: May 10, 2024
  • Round One judging begins: July 19, 2024
  • Round Two judging begins: September 13, 2024
  • Round Three judging begins: November 8, 2024

If interested, please register at The contest website contains all necessary details about the judge eligibility criteria and timelines.

For inquiries, email [email protected]. Your involvement would significantly contribute to the success of the Golden Heart and Diamond Heart Awards, showcasing extraordinary talents within the romance genre.