Entering the RITA Contest

The 2016 RITA Contest has reached the 2,000 maximum paid entries.  The contest is closed to entries. 

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. 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: http://www.rwa.org/p/cm/ld/fid=531


The printed form may be mailed, faxed, emailed or scanned and e-mailed to the RWA office. 
Mailing address: 14615 Benfer Rd, Houston, Texas 77069 USA
Fax number: (832) 717-5201
E-mail address: contests@rwa.org