2023 Stiletto Contest

Announcing the 2023 Stiletto Contest

The Stiletto Contest celebrates and recognizes excellence in the contemporary romance genre for published and unpublished novels. 

Contemporary Romance Writers focuses on the contemporary romance genre, and the Stiletto Contest upholds the organization’s goal of bringing awareness to the best work by authors and writers in contemporary romance.

  • Submissions open: March 1, 2023
  • Submissions close: March 31, 2023
  • Winners announced: July 29, 2023 at our Virtual Conference

Unpublished Division Final Round Judges include:

  • Jocelyn Travis, Editorial assistant, Sourcebooks
  • Elaine Spencer, Agent, Knight Agency
  • Eva Scalzo, Agent, Speilburg Literary
  • Amy Brewer, Agent, Metamorphosis Literary
  • Rachel Gilmer, Editor, Sourcebooks
  • Linda Camacho, Agent, Gallt & Zacker
  • Ann Leslie Tuttle, Agent, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret

The Entry Categories for the Published and Unpublished Divisions are:

  • Contemporary Short (20,000 to 50,000 words)
  • Contemporary Mid-Length (50,000 to 80,000 words)
  • Contemporary Long (over 80,000 words)
  • Contemporary Young Adult / New Adult
  • Contemporary Women’s Fiction / Chick-Lit
  • Contemporary Speculative / Paranormal (includes Urban Fantasy with romance)
  • Contemporary Romantic Suspense
  • Contemporary Erotic Romance

Anti-Discrimination Policy

The Stiletto Contest does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, or religion. We expect the same from our judges and entrants with a zero tolerance policy.

Any questions should be directed to contest@contemporaryromance.org.

Important links:

Go here for contest rules

Enter the Stiletto Contest

Judge the Stiletto Contest