2016 RITA Contest Deadlines

    Note: All deadlines must be met by 5 p.m. Central Time. All deadlines are final.

    September 22, 2015
    Online sign-up to judge the contest opens at 9:00 a.m. CT.  

    October 22, 2015
    RITA Contest opens for entries at 9:00 a.m. CT.

    November 20, 2015
    Deadline for entry forms and fees to be received by the RWA Office.

    December 15, 2015
    Authors whose books are received at RWA's office by this date will be eligible to win an iPad Mini or a complimentary conference registration (entrant's choice). 

    January 4, 2016
    Deadline for books to be received at the RWA Office. Failure to meet this deadline will result in disqualification and forfeiture of the entry fee.

    March 7, 2016
    Preliminary-round scores due to RWA Office.

    March 25, 2016
    E-mails and phone calls to notify finalists will commence. Release of official finalist list on RWA's website by 2 p.m. CT.

    April 8, 2016
    Deadline for finalists to send additional books to the RWA Office.

    Final-round scores due to RWA Office.