Writing Contests
WisRWA holds two annual writing contests. The Write Touch Readers' Award contest is for romance novels published in the previous year. The Fabulous Five contest is for unpublished romance authors. Learn more about these popular contests below.

Fab Five
Write Touch
Write Touch Readers Award Contest  

Write Touch Readers' Award Contest The 2015 Write Touch Readers' Award Contest, our chapter's contest for published authors, is underway. Choose from the following 12 categories:

  • Contemporary, long 84,000 or more (includes series and single title)
  • Contemporary, mid-length 56,000-84,00 (includes series and single title)
  • Contemporary, short 40,000-56,000 (includes series and single title)
  • Erotic Romance
  • Historical, long 89,000
  • Historical, short 40,000-89,000
  • Inspirational
  • Paranormal
  • Romantic Suspense
  • Young Adult Romance
  • New Adult Romance
  • Fiction with Romantic Elements

RWA Members in good standing
Original, published romance fiction with a publication date of 2014

$25 per entry
(WisRWA members are entitled to one free entry as a benefit of membership)

Volunteer Reader Judges - Our judges are enthusiastic romance and women's fiction readers located all over the country. Many comment that they are always looking for new authors -- and they tell us they like to spread the word about books they enjoy!

Top Prize:
National recognition and RWA and media promotion of authors

All entries must be submitted electronically. For more information: writetouch2015.submittable.com.

June 30, 2015

Mary Ann Rivers, Contest Coordinator (maryann @ brainmillpress.com)

Fab Five Contest  

Fabulous Five Contest

WisRWA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Fabulous Five Contest. Congratulations to all finalists!

(** indicates WisRWA member. !! indicates full manuscript requested. ! indicates partial requested.)

  Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
  Lauren Plude, Grand Central Publishing

Silver Quill winner - The Secret Affairs of a Duke's Daughter – Jan Leyh (!)
2nd Place - Lord Sebastian's Honor – Mary Carson (!!)
3rd Place - The Trouble with Misbehaving – Pat Eckhoff
4th Place - Celestina's Burnings – Annemarie Schiavi Pedersen
5th Place - His Selkie Bride - Jennifer Rupp **

  Shira Hoffman, McIntosh and Otis
  Brenda Chinn, Imajinn Books

Silver Quill winner - Untouchable Lover – Dawn Linse (!)
2nd Place - Demon's Wager – Jeanne Oates Estridge (!)
3rd Place - The Devil's Cradle – Cynthia Jacob
4th Place - The Magical Librarian – Nancy Coiner (!)
5th Place - Connections Crossed - Mary Vitas

Romantic Suspense
  Lucienne Diver, The Knight Agency
  Madeleine Colavita, Grand Central Publishing

Silver Quill winner - Now and Then – Carla Conrad
2nd Place - Melting Point - Nicolette Pierce **
3rd Place - Dark Horse – Janet Walden-West
4th Place - Touched – Amy McCarter (!)
5th Place - The Silent Nobles – Sofia Ula

Single Title
  Courtney Miller-Callihan, Greenburger Associates
  Mercedes Fernandez, Kensington Publishing

Silver Quill winner - Down to Business – Michelle Dayton (!)
2nd Place - Rescuing Mr. Gracey - Eileen K. Barnes (!)
3rd Place - Buckskin Cody – James Montgomery (!)
4th Place - Sometimes You Need a Hot Highlander – Melonie Johnson ** (!)
5th Place - He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not – Nichole Burgdorf

Women's Fiction
  Victoria Lowes, The Bent Agency
  Jennifer Harrington, Lyrical Press

Silver Quill winner - If by Chance - Mary Hawley (!!)(!)
2nd Place - The Last Resort – Kerry Ann Morgan (!!)(!)
3rd Place - Long Overdue – Joyce Hunt(!)
4th Place - Weaving a Life – Kate Bowman **(!)
5th Place - Pressing Concerns – Lisa Whitaker

Young Adult
  Taylor Haggerty, Waxman Leavall Literary Agency
  Alycia Tornetta, Entangled Publishing

Silver Quill winner - Frozen Hearts – Pamela Stewart (!!)(!)
2nd Place - The Virtue of Sin – Shannon Schuren (!)
3rd Place - One on One – Tif Johnson (!!)
4th Place - The Sumerlin Curse - Ashley Hearn **
5th Place - Secrets of My Not-So-Perfect Middle School Life – Jill Bevers **

  Joyce Hart, Hartline Literary Agency
  Giselle Regus, Harlequin

Silver Quill winner - Return to Chestnut Ridge – Lyndee Henderson (!!)
2nd Place - A Love Restored - Kelly Goshorn (!)
3rd Place - Building Benjamin – Barbara M. Britton **
4th Place - The Rebel's Search – Traci Rhodes (!)
5th Place - Lilly's War – Joan Koster

Any questions, please contact the FAB Five Contest Coordinator: Molly Maka fabfivecontest @ gmail.com.

Past Contest Winners  
Fab Five Contest  
Write Touch Reader's Award