The 2019 Stiletto Contest

Opens for entries on March 8, 2019!

February 2019: Agents, Editors & Special Judges for the UNPUBLISHED Categories announced. 

 

Categories for Published and Unpublished works:

  • Contemporary Romance Novella– Novellas set from 1950 to the present that focus primarily on the romantic relationship. Length: 15,000 to 30,000 words
  • Contemporary Romance Short– Novels set from 1950 to the present that focus primarily on the romantic relationship. Length: 30,000+ to 55,000 words
  • Contemporary Romance Mid– Novels set from 1950 to the present that focus primarily on the romantic relationship. Length: 55,000+ to 84,000 words 
  • Contemporary Romance Long– Novels set from 1950 to the present that focus primarily on the romantic relationship. Length: minimum 84,000 words
  • Erotic/BDSM– Novels set from 1950 to the present in which strong, often explicit, sexual interaction is an inherent part of the love story, character growth and relationship development could not be removed without damaging the storyline. Length: minimum 40,000 words.
  • Romantic Suspense– Novels set from 1950 to the present in which suspense, mystery, or thriller elements constitute an integral part of the plot alongside a romantic relationship. Length: minimum 40,000 words 
  • Romantic Women’s Fiction / Chick Lit / Cozy Mystery– Novels set from 1950 to the present in which the heroine’s journey is the primary focus of the story. A strong romantic relationship must be central to the story, but secondary to the heroine’s journey. Length: minimum 40,000 words. 
  • Romantic Young Adult / New Adult– Novels set from 1950 to the present in which young adult/new adult life is an integral part of the plot. Length: minimum 40,000 words. 
  • 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.

Click for the Stiletto Contest Rules

PLEASE READ ALL CONTEST RULES BEFORE ENTERING. All entrants will be required to judge at least one other entry. That entry will not be in your category, and each entrant will be allowed to opt out of one other category.

  • Entry forms and payment links will be available on March 8, 2019.
  • Cost: $15 Contemporary Romance Writers members, $25 non-members. Added fees for paperback entries.
  • Entering more than one manuscript or novel? Join the Contemporary Romance Writers and save on your entry fees, as well as take advantage of discounts on workshops, free workshops for members, access to the CRW forums on MyRWA, the private Facebook group, and so much more!

For more information on becoming a 2019 Stiletto Judge, click here.