2018 RITA Contest Dates and Deadlines

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

October 3, 2017
Online sign-up to judge the contest opens at 9:00 a.m. CT. 

November 1, 2017
RITA Contest opens for entries at 11:00 a.m. CT. 

November 21, 2017
Deadline for entry forms and fees to be received by the RWA Office.

January 3, 2018
Deadline for books to be submitted to RWA's contest site. Failure to meet this deadline will result in disqualification and forfeiture of the entry fee.

March 7, 2018
Preliminary-round scores due to RWA Office.

March 21, 2018
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 9, 2018
Deadline for finalists to send additional books to the RWA Office. 

June 1, 2018
Final-round scores due to RWA Office.

August 17, 2018
Preliminary round scores returned to contest entrants.