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Traditional Series* (50-60,000 words): Romantic novels in which sensuality is not intense and in which love scenes are not graphically described, such as those published by Harlequin Romance and Silhouette Romance.

Short Contemporary Series* (fewer than 70,000 words): Romantic novels in which sensuality may constitute a strong element in the romance, such as those published by Harlequin Presents and Silhouette Desire.

Long Contemporary Series* (more than 70,000 words): Longer, sensuous romances, such as those published by Harlequin American, Harlequin Intrigue, Harlequin Superromance, Silhouette Intimate Moments, Silhouette Special Edition, and continuity series such as 36 Hours.

Single Title Contemporary: (novel or novella of at least 25,000 words) Romantic novels released as single titles, such as those published by Avon, Bantam, Ballantine, Berkley/Jove, Dell, Dutton/Signet, Fawcett, Harper, Kensington (Arabesque, Pinnacle, Zebra), Leisure, Penguin, Pocket, Putnam, Scarlet, St. Martin's Press, Warner.

Young Adult (novel or novella of at least 25,000 words) Novels which are targeted to young adult readers.

Historical (novel or novella of at least 25,000 words): Novels which have a strong romantic element throughout and set primarily prior to WWII, such as those published by Avon, Bantam, Ballantine, Berkley/Jove, Dell, Dutton/Signet, Fawcett, Harlequin, Harper, Kensington (Pinnacle, Zebra), Leisure, Morrow, Penguin, Pocket, Putnam, St. Martin's Press, Warner.

Regency (novel or novella of at least 25,000 words): Romantic historical novels with primary settings during the Regency period, typically 1800-1820.

Futuristic/Fantasy/Time Travel/Paranormal (novel or novella of at least 25,000 words): Romance novels in which either the future, a fantasy world, travel back or forward in time, or paranormal happenings are a major element of the plot. These may be single title releases or books published within established category romance lines fitting other NRCA category descriptions.

Romantic Suspense (novel or novella of at least 25,000 words): Romance novels in which suspense is a major element of the plot. These may be single title releases or books published within established category romance lines fitting other NRCA category descriptions.

Inspirational (novel or novella of at least 25,000 words): Romance novels in which religious/spiritual faith is a major element of the plot. Sensuality is usually not intense and love scenes are not graphically described, such as those published by Barbour (Heartsong Presents), Bethany House, Harvest House, Multnomah, Steeple Hill, Tyndale, Random House (Waterbrook Press), Thomas Nelson, and Zondervan.

Mainstream with Romantic Elements (novel or novella of at least 25,000 words) Novels specifically targeted to women. This category is for books that do not fit another category, i.e. romantic suspense, long contemporary, etc. Books entered in this category should have romantic elements and include chicklit, etc. Samples of this type of book are Barbara Samuel, Kristin Hannah, etc.

Romantica (novel or novella of at least 25,000 words): A novel where the sexuality goes beyond that of a most romance novels and may use sexually explicit language, but the romance is still the core of the book. Can be either contemporary, historical or paranormal.

*Series books are defined as those books issued under a common imprint/series name which are usually numbered sequentially and released at regular intervals, usually monthly, with the same number of releases each time.

Updated 27 June 2005