Entering the 2017 RITA Contest

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

The RITA Contest will open for entries at 11 a.m. CT,  Nov. 1, 2016.

The link to the online RITA entry form will appear on this page at 11:00 AM Central Time on November 1, 2016.

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. 

Contest entrants are limited to three entries during the first seven days of the submission process, with an initial RWA member fee of $50.00 for each of these submissions. After this initial period, the entrants may submit three additional entries at a fee of $100.0 per entry if the contest has not received a full slate of paid entries.  RITA submissions are capped at six total for any entrant.  

The non-member fee is $170.00 per entry.

Five books per entry must be received by RWA at 14615 Benfer Road, Houston, Texas 77069 no later than 5 p.m. CT, Jan. 4, 2017. 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, 2016 will be eligible to win an iPad Mini or a complimentary conference registration (entrant's choice).

Contest rules, in their entirety, are located here: http://www.rwa.org/p/cm/ld/fid=531