2020 Stiletto Contest

The Stiletto Contest celebrates and recognizes excellence
in the contemporary romance genre for published and unpublished novels.
The Contemporary Romance Writers Chapter focuses on the contemporary romance genre and its inception of the Stiletto Contest upholds the chapter goal of bringing awareness to the best work by authors and writers in contemporary romance.

The 2020 Stiletto Contest will soon be open for entries.

  • The contest opens for entries on March 7, 2020 and close on April 10, 2019.

  • The Stiletto will have published and unpublished divisions.

  • See the rules and entry requirements for the 2020 Stiletto Contest here.

Categories for the 2020 Stiletto Contest

Published and Unpublished Divisions: 

*Note: All entries must be in the contemporary romance genre.

Contemporary Romance Novella – 20-40,000 word count

Contemporary Romance Short – 41-55,000 word count

Contemporary Romance Mid-Length – 56-80,000 word count

Contemporary Romance Long – 81,000+ word count

Contemporary Romantic Suspense

Contemporary Erotic/BDSM Romance

Contemporary Young Adult and New Adult

Women’s Fiction/Chick-Lit/Cozy Mysteries


The Contemporary Romance Writers is grateful to have the following publishers on board  to judge the 2020 Stiletto Contest Unpublished Division: 


Wild Rose Press

Tule Publishing



Look for the judge sign up sheet to open soon.

Bloggers, we need your help. We’ll soon be contacting you to sign up to judge the published division of the Stiletto Contest or you can find more information here.