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RITA Awards organized by RWA for Romance Novels in Fiction

RITA Awards

RITA Awards are the highest award of excellence in Romance Fiction recognizing the best work in published romantic novels and novellas. It has 13 different categories and hundreds of participants in each category. After the entrees are qualified as nominees, they must be judged by a jury of romance authors, librarians, reviewers and booksellers to advance into being finalists. RITA awards are named after “Rita Clay Estrada” who was the first president of RWA (Romance Writers of America).

Romance Writers of America is a nonprofit trade association based in Houston, Texas with more than 9,000 Members. RWA has a mission to help career-oriented romance writers to become successful and to become a full-time romance writer. This enables the writer to earn part-time or to make a full-time career to earn a living by writing romance novels.

Categories at Rita Awards

There are 13 Categories of RITA Awards which are mentioned below: –

  1. Best First Book
  2. Contemporary Romance Long
  3. Contemporary Romance Mid-Length
  4. Contemporary Romance Short
  5. Erotic Romance
  6. Historical Romance Long
  7. Historical Romance Short
  8. Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance
  9. Paranormal Romance
  10. Romance Novella
  11. Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements
  12. Romantic Suspense
  13. Young Adult Romance

The finalist of each category is evaluated and scored by the judges to determine the RITA Award winners. A Black-Tie ceremony is held to announce the winners at the RWA Annual Conference.

Other Prestigious Awards by RWA

There is also a Golden Heart Contest Award which is given to those writers who have not published their book. Their work is still in the form of manuscript. This award is given to promote the passion of writing in the next generation.

RWA also announces a Lifetime Achievement Award to a member of RWA who has been actively participating in writing, promoting, teaching and publishing of romance in fiction for 15 years. This award is one of the highest honors for a living author from RWA. The authors are nominated by the members of RWA and selected by the Board of Directors.


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RITA Awards Winners of 2019

Romance Novella

Name: Bad Blood

Writer: M. Malone 

Publisher: CRUSHSTAR ROMANCE (November 26, 2018)

Language: English

ISBN: 978-1938789670

Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches

Book Type: Paperback 224 Pages

Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance

Name: How to Keep a Secret

Writer: Sarah Morgan

Publisher: HQN; Original edition (July 10, 2018)

Language: English

ISBN: 978-1335613004

Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.1 x 8 inches

Book Type: Paperback 432 Pages

RITA Award for Romantic Suspense

Name: Fearless (Somerton Security)

Writer: Elizabeth Dyer

Publisher: Independently published (November 7, 2018)

Language: English

ISBN: 978-1730936791

Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches

Book Type: Paperback 346 Pages

RITA Award for Paranormal Romance

Name: Dearest Ivie: A Novella Set in the Black Dagger World (Black Dagger Brotherhood)

Writer: J.R. Ward

Publisher: Ballantine Books (March 13, 2018)

Language: English

Kindle Edition ASIN: B0796F4874

Book Type: Kindle Edition 157 Pages

Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length

Name: Advanced Physical Chemistry: A Romantic Comedy (Chemistry Lessons) 

Writer: Susannah Nix

Publisher: Haver Street Press (March 3, 2018)

Language: English

ISBN: 978-0999094839

Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches

Book Type: Paperback 274 Pages

Historical Romance: Short

Name: A Duke in the Night (The Devils of Dover)

Writer: Kelly Bowen

Publisher: Forever (February 20, 2018)

Language: English

ISBN: 978-1478918561

Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 7 inches

Book Type: Paperback 336 Pages

Contemporary Romance: Long

Name: Long Shots (Hoops)

Writer: Kennedy Ryan

Publisher: Scribechick Media, LLC (March 22, 2018)

Language: English

ISBN: 978-1732144309

Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches

Book Type: Paperback 460 Pages

Rita Award for Young Adult Romance

Name: My So-Called Bollywood Life

Writer: Nisha Sharma

Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (May 15, 2018)

Language: English

ISBN: 978-0553523256

Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.6 inches

Book Type: Hardcover 304 Pages

RITA Award for Best First Book

Name: Lady in Waiting (Reluctant Brides)

Writer: Marie Tremayne

Publisher: Avon Impulse (April 3, 2018)

Language: English

ISBN: 978-0062747396

Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.6 inches

Book Type: Paperback 400 Pages

Rita Award for Erotic Romance

Name: Three-Way Split (Comes in Threes) (Volume 1)

Writer: Elia Winters

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 3, 2018)

Language: English

ISBN: 978-1724687715

Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches

Book Type: Paperback 270 Pages

Historical Romance: Long

Name: A Wicked Kind of Husband

Writer: Mia Vincy

Publisher: Inner Ballad Press (October 21, 2018)

Language: English

ISBN: 978-1925882018

Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches

Book Type: Paperback 384 Pages

Contemporary Romance: Short

Name: The Bachelor’s Baby Surprise

Writer: Teri Wilson

Language: English

Harlequin, Special Edition

Gail Chasan, editor

Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements

Name: The Saturday Night Supper Club

Writer: Carla Laureano

Language: English

Tyndale House Publishers
Sarah Rische and Jan Stob, editors

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