Entering the RITA Contest

    The 2016 RITA Contest is not yet open to entries.

    Judging Sign Up for the 2016 RITA Contest opens on September 22, 2015. Sign up information may be found here: 2016 RITA Judging Sign-Up

    The purpose of RWA’s RITA Contest is to promote excellence in the romance genre by recognizing outstanding published novels and novellas.

    The RITA Contest is open to members of RWA as well as non-members, but priority will be given to members. Any lapse in membership during the course of the contest by the entrant or collaborator (from the time of entry until the winners are announced at the Awards Ceremony) will result in the entrant being required to renew within 10 days of notification or pay the higher non-member entry fee.

    The entry fee for RWA members is $50 per entry; the entry fee for non-members is $170 per entry.  

    If an entry is the result of collaboration, all collaborators must be RWA members in good standing in order to qualify for the lower entry fee.

    All entrants are required to judge the preliminary round. Others eligible to judge are authors who are PAN-eligible. The final round will be judged by PAN members.

    Entrants must be 18 years of age by the date of entry.

    Entrants are required to acknowledge the RITA Contestant’s Agreement by signing the entry form or checking a box on the website indicating their acceptance of terms.

    Neither employees of RWA nor members of their immediate families are eligible to enter or judge any RWA contest. “Immediate family” is defined as spouse, parents and children. Adopted, foster and step members are included in this definition.

    The RITA contest is open to 2,000 paid entries.

    Entry forms and fees must be received no later than 5 p.m. CT, November 20, 2015. Entry forms received after the deadline will not be processed. Checks will be returned to the entrant. 

    Books must be received by RWA at 14615 Benfer Road, Houston, Texas 77069 no later than 5 p.m. CT, Jan. 4, 2016.Entrants who fail to meet this deadline will be disqualified, and the entry fee will be forfeited. Authors whose books are received at RWA’s office by December 15, 2015, will be eligible to win an iPad Mini or a complimentary conference registration (entrant’s choice).

    Contest rules, in their entirety, are located here: