The Vivian Contest

The Vivian recognizes excellence in romance writing and showcases author talent and creativity. We celebrate the power of the romance genre with its central message of hope--because happily ever afters are for everyone.

Romance Writers of America will announce the winners of the 2021 Vivian awards at a virtual Awards Ceremony on July 31 at 8 p.m. Central Time. Caraway Carter will emcee the event, which will be streamed live at

The names of the winners will be posted as they’re announced on the RWA website, Twitter and Facebook pages (hashtag #RWAVivian). Join us in the celebration! 

Contest Finalists

Finalists in the Vivian contest 


Contest categories


Information on contest judging


Frequently asked questions

Contest Rules

View the rules of the Vivian Contest

Contest Deadlines

Important contest dates 


How entries in each round will be scored

Vivian Award