2015 RITA Contest Judging

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


    RITA judges may enter scores online by clicking the link below:


    Book assignments will be listed.   

    ·      In the Ratings section select a score from the drop down by clicking on the arrow next to the score box.  

    ·     Click Yes or No next to the following two questions:

    Is the love story the main focus of the book?

    Is the resolution of the romance emotionally satisfying and optimistic?

    ·      Click the Draft link above the Ratings section, and select Final (located at the top of the page).

    ·      Click the Back to Judgings button. You will return to the list of assigned entries.

    If you wish to mail, fax, or e-mail your score sheet to the RWA office, the information is listed below.

    RWA mailing address is:
    RWA - Atten: RITA Contest
    14615 Benfer Rd.
    Houston, TX 77069 USA

    RWA main fax number: (832) 717-5201
    Email address:


    Each preliminary-round entry will be scored individually on a scale of 1.0 to 10.0, with 1.0 being the lowest (poor) and 10.0 being the highest (excellent). Judges are allowed and encouraged to use decimal points (7.5, 8.8, etc.) when scoring.

    Preliminary-round scores will be determined using a trimmed mean (the highest and lowest scores will be discarded and the remaining three scores will be averaged).

    The top scoring 4% of each category’s entries (based on the number of qualified entries received) will advance to the final round, excepting that no category will have fewer than 4 finalists and no category will have more than 10 finalists. Any fraction will be rounded up to the next whole number, not to exceed 10 finalists.

    Final-round entries for the RITA contest shall be ranked from first to last place (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.) with the lowest score signifying the winner.