How to Enter the Golden Heart

The purpose of RWA’s Golden Heart contest is to promote excellence in the romance genre by recognizing outstanding manuscripts written by members who have not published a Novel or Novella.

The Golden Heart contest is open to RWA members who have not accepted a publishing offer for, or Self-Published, a work of original fictional narrative prose of 20,000 words or more by January 11, 2017  Entered works must not be published as long as they are under consideration for the Award.

For the purpose of determining eligibility to enter the Golden Heart contest, RWA defines a “Novel” to mean a work of fiction of more than 40,000 words (as defined by computer word count) that has been commercially available. “Novella” means a work of fiction of 20,000-40,000 words (as defined by computer word count) that has been commercially available.

The 2017 Golden Heart Contest is now closed to entries.

If you have any questions, please contact contests@rwa.org.