2018 Stiletto Contest
Dates and details to be released soon!
Categories for published novels and unpublished manuscripts:
Contemporary Romance Novella – Novels that are set from 1950 to the present that focus primarily on the romantic relationship and that are between 40,000 and 56,000 words in length.
Contemporary Romance Mid Length – Novels that are set from 1950 to the present that focus primarily on the romantic relationship and that are between 56,000 and 84,000 words in length.
Contemporary Romance Long – Novels that are set from 1950 to the present that focus primarily on the romantic relationship and that are 84,000 or more words.
*Young Adult – Novels in which young adult life is an integral part of the plot.
Inspirational/Sweet – Novels in which the love story is central to the storyline, and the “heat level” between the main characters is low, with “closed door” intimacy. Novel with religious/spiritual beliefs may be an inherent part of the love story, character growth, and relationship development.
Suspense/Mystery – Novels in which suspense, mystery, or thriller elements constitute an integral part of the plot.
Women’s Fiction with Romantic Elements – Novels in which a fictional story cannot fit neatly into a specific category and also has strong romantic elements with an emotionally satisfactory ending, set in the contemporary genre. In women’s fiction, the driving force is the woman’s journey and doesn’t necessarily end in a happily ever after. It is character driven and tells distinctly women’s stories about self-discovery, self-preservation, self-acceptance or self-improvement.
*Denotes new category for 2018.
**Each category will have 5 finalists determined from first round judging.
** All categories are based on RWA standards/descriptions.
**All categories are in the contemporary romance genre. All entries must be in the contemporary romance genre.
Cost: $15 Contemporary Romance Writers members, $25 non-members
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