Final Round Editors

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

Harlequin, KISS
Hill Country Holdup
by Angi Morgan

Harlequin, Intrigue

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. 





The Firebird
by Susanna Kearsley

Sourcebooks, Landmark

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
Goes Unpunished

by Sarah MacLean

HarperCollins Publishers,
Avon Books


HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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


INSPIRATIONAL ROMANCE
Raela Schoenherr ~ Acquisitions Editor, Bethany House Publishers

Romantic novels with an inspirational message/theme, including romantic suspense, historical, etc. 





The Haunting of
Maddy Clare

by Simone St. James

NAL

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

Self-published


ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
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. 








The Farm
by Emily McKay
Berkley Publishing


YOUNG ADULT
Alice Jerman, Associate EditorForever / Grand Central Publishing

Novels appropriate for young adult readers. Includes young adult heroes and heroines not exceeding 18 years of age.