Our 2019 final round editors. Listed with each category is a published example representing a winning novel representative of the genre.
|Why Resist a Rebel?|
by Leah Ashton
|Hill Country Holdup|
by Angi Morgan
CONTEMPORARY SERIES ROMANCE
Brittany Lavery ~ Assistant Editor, HQN
Romantic series novels. If your manuscript is a series romantic suspense, you may enter the Contemporary Series category or the Romantic Suspense category. Please check our score sheets to see which benefits your writing.
FANTASY / FUTURISTIC / PARANORMAL (Formerly SPECIALIZED) ROMANCE
Kristine Swartz ~ Associate Editor, Berkley Publishing Group
Romantic novels of any time setting (historical or futuristic) with Alternate Earth Histories, Dystopian, Futuristic, Fantasy, Time Travel, Paranormal or Urban Fantasy. Please keep in mind that the emphasis should be on the romance.
|No Good Duke|
by Sarah MacLean
Elle Keck ~ Assistant Editor, Avon Books
Romantic novels with non-contemporary settings, including regency & gothic romances.
|Five Days in Skye|
by Carla Laureano
David C. Cook
Raela Schoenherr ~ Acquisitions Editor, Bethany House Publishers
Romantic novels with an inspirational message/theme, including romantic suspense, historical, etc.
|The Haunting of|
by Simone St. James
MAINSTREAM with ROMANTIC ELEMENTS
Cat Clyne, Editor Sourcebooks
Novels that include an element of romance but in which traditional romance conventions are not followed and in which there are themes and conflicts beyond romance. Mainly women’s fiction and chick lit.
|Off the Edge|
by Carolyn Crane
Lexi Smail ~ Associate Editor, Grand Central Publishing
Romantic novels that include an element of mystery or suspense. Since the final round editor is from a single title publisher, contestants may want to enter series romantic suspense in the contemporary series category.
|Crazy Thing Called Love|
by Molly O'Keefe
Random House Group,
Ballantine Bantam Dell
SINGLE TITLE ROMANCE
Gabi Kelly ~ Editorial Assistant, Forever and Forever Yours / Grand Central Publishing
Romantic, contemporary novels released as individual titles.
by Emily McKay
Alice Jerman, Associate Editor, Forever / Grand Central Publishing
Novels appropriate for young adult readers. Includes young adult heroes and heroines not exceeding 18 years of age.