How to Enter the RITA

    Each author's preliminary-round scores will be made available to the author once the contest is concluded and winners have been announced.  Winners will be announced on the evening of July 25, 2015.


    The purpose of the 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) shall result in the entrant being required to renew within 10 days of notification or pay the higher non-member entry fee.

    All entrants are required to judge the preliminary round. 

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

    Books must be received by RWA at 14615 Benfer Road, Houston, Texas 77069 no later than 5 p.m. CT, Jan. 2, 2015. 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, 2014 will be eligible to win an iPad Mini or a complimentary conference registration (entrant's choice).

    Contest rules, in their entirety, are located here: