2018 Stiletto Contest Winners & Finalists

On Friday, July 20, 2018, the Contemporary Romance Writers announced the winners of the 2018 Stiletto Contest at their annual Stiletto Party held at RWA18.

Congratulations to the winners and the finalists!

Unpublished Contemporary New Adult/Young Adult
Paula Huffman, Casualty

Published Contemporary Short/Novella
Maria K. Alexander, Believe In My Heart

Unpublished Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Jillian David, Fallen Comrade

Published Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Jordyn Redwood, Taken Hostage

Unpublished Contemporary Mid-Length
Kilby Blades, The Secret Ingredient

Published Contemporary Mid-Length
Teri Wilson, It Started With A Diamond

Unpublished Contemporary Long
Kilby Blades, Crocodile Tears

Published Contemporary Long
KD Proctor, Meet Me Under The Stars

Congratulations to the 2018 Stiletto Contest Finalists

Winners will be announced at the 2018 Stiletto Party at RWA18 in Denver, CO on Friday, July 20, 2018. Watch the 2018 Stiletto Contest Awards Ceremony live on Facebook on the Contemporary Romance Writers page at 8pm CT.


Finalists listed in alphabetical order.

Published Division Finalists

Contemporary – Short/Novella

Maria K. Alexander – Believe in My Heart
Marie Johnston – Unmistaken Identity
*Claire Marti – Second Chance in Laguna
*Jennie Marts – Catching the Cowgirl
*Mellanie Szereto – Egging Her On

Contemporary – Mid-Length

*Janie Crouch – Protectors Instinct
*Teri Anne Stanley – A Taste of You
Jennifer Wilck – In the Moment
*Teri Wilson – It Started With a Diamond
*Teri Wilson – Royally Roma
*Teri Wilson – The Princess Problem

Contemporary – Long

Alexis Daria – Take the Lead
*Jayne Denker – Your New Best Friend
Mary Ann Marlowe – Some Kind of Magic
KD Proctor – Meet Me Under the Stars
*Laura Trentham – Leave the Night On

Contemporary Romantic Suspense

*Mariah Ankenman – Love on the Forbidden Side
*Janie Crouch – Survival Instinct
*Peggy Jaeger – A Shot at Love
Jordyn Redwood – Taken Hostage
Kathleen Tailer – Quest for Justice

Unpublished Division Finalists

Contemporary – Long

*Kilby Blades – Crocodile Tears
*Alyssa Henderson – Scottish Embrace
*Ellie Malouff – Be What Love Is
Katherine Olson – North Star
*Lisa Wells – CEO For Hire

Contemporary – Mid-Length

*Tanya Agler – Stealing Her Heart
*Kilby Blades – The Secret Ingredient
Makenna Lee – Focused on a Cowboy
Catherine Rull – Mr. Write
Tara September – Mine To Five

Contemporary Romantic Suspense

B.L. Unkel – Mirror Image
Jillian David – Fallen Comrade
Harper McDavid – Zapata
D. Murphy Ryan – The Kiss
*Christy Thomas – Overdue Justice

Young Adult / New Adult

Miranda Darrow – What Comes After Four
Paula Huffman – Casualty
Arel Jansen – Below The Surface
Gigi Lamm – Show Me a Secret and Tell Me Your Name
Jackie Rutherford – It’s All About Sam

Congratulations to all the unpublished finalists!
Published finalists will be announced the week of June 11.


*Denotes Contemporary Romance Writers member.