2018 RITA Awards Winners Announced

Romance Writers of America (RWA) announced the winners of the 2018 RITA® Awards on July 19 at the RITA Awards Ceremony with emcee Erica Ridley.

Congratulations to the 2018 RITA winners!


2018 RITA Winners

Best First Book Winner

Take the Lead Alexis Daria

Take the Lead by Alexis Daria

St. Martin's Press, Swerve

Holly Ingraham, editor


Contemporary Romance: Long Winner

Falling Hard Lexi Ryan

Falling Hard by Lexi Ryan


Rhonda Merwarth, editor


Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length Winner

Tell Me Abigail Strom

Tell Me by Abigail Strom

Amazon, Montlake Publishing

Maria Gomez and Charlotte Herscher, editors


Contemporary Romance: Short Winner

Second Chance Summer Kait Nolan

Second Chance Summer by Kait Nolan


Susan Bischoff, editor


Erotic Romance Winner

Wicked Dirty J. Kenner

Wicked Dirty by J. Kenner

Martini & Olive Books

Martini & Olive, editor


Historical Romance: Long Winner

Between the Devil and the Duke Kelly Bowen

Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly Bowen

Grand Central Publishing, Forever

Alex Logan, editor


Historical Romance: Short Winner

Waltzing with the Earl Catherine Tinley

Waltzing with the Earl by Catherine Tinley

Harlequin Mills & Boon, Historical

Julia Williams, editor


Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance

Now that You Mention It Kristan Higgins

Now that You Mention It by Kristan Higgins

Harlequin, HQN

Susan Swinwood, editor


Paranormal Romance Winner

Hunt the Darkness Stephanie Rowe

Hunt the Darkness by Stephanie Rowe



Romance Novella Winner

Forbidden River Brynn Kelly

Forbidden River by Brynn Kelly

Harlequin, HQN

Allison Carroll, editor


Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements

Then There Was You Kara Isaac

Then There Was You by Kara Isaac


Iola Goulton and Halee Matthews, editors


Romantic Suspense Winner

The Fixer HelenKay Dimon

The Fixer by HelenKay Dimon

HarperCollins, Avon Books

May Chen, editor

Young Adult Romance Winner

Seize Today Pintip Dunn

Seize Today by Pintip Dunn

Entangled Publishing, Entangled Teen

Liz Pelletier, editor


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