Note: All deadlines must be met by 5 p.m. Central Time. All deadlines are final.
October 4, 2016
Online sign-up to judge the contest opens at 9:00 a.m. CT.
November 1, 2016
RITA Contest opens for entries at 11:00 a.m. CT.
November 21, 2016
Deadline for entry forms and fees to be received by the RWA Office.
December 15, 2016
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, 2017
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, 2017
Preliminary-round scores due to RWA Office.
March 21, 2017
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 7, 2017
Deadline for finalists to send additional books to the RWA Office.
June 1, 2017
Final-round scores due to RWA Office.