Do I have to submit my electronically published entry on a diskette?
A. No, you
do not have to submit your entry on a disk. The only stipulations
The book must be presented in a bound format, either perfect or
spiral binder. No 3-ring binders please.
And you must provide evidence of the copyright year designated
for the contest.
Can I enter my novella?
even though the novella-length category has been eliminated, you
can still enter your work into the
category that best fits.
What stipulations are there if I want to submit a non-U.S. novel?
A. The only
stipulations for non-U.S. novels are:
The entry must have been for sale in the United States at some
time during the year designated for the contest.
And the work must carry a "First U.S. Printing" date
or have a letter from the publisher regarding the U.S. release
Where do I locate the coordinator's address to mail my entry?
Can I mail my entry early?
A. The addresses
for our contest coordinators are generally posted on the
NRCA website by late November. You may send your entry
form and fee early to our OK-RWA Treasurer (see website), but
your book will not be due to the category coordinator until early
January. Once your category coordinator has contacted you, you
can mail your books at any time before the deadline.
If my book goes on sale late in the year, but carries a copyright
for the following year, how do I determine if my entry will qualify
for the current year contest?
for the current year's contest must carry a copyright for the
applicable year. The only exception would be if your publisher
could provide a letter stating the book is physically available
for sale in bookstores in the applicable year for the contest.
(This does not include advance online purchases prior to the book
officially being available for sale.)
How do I decide what category to enter my short contemporary that's
not a series?
enter the work in the most appropriate category for its word count.
The lines mentioned on our website are only examples.
Are e-books eligible for this contest?
A. Yes, e-books
are eligible. They must be printed and bound (either perfect binding
or spiral binding). See our NRCA website for details.
What if my entry is considered single-title by my publisher, but
is listed at a bookseller as a series? Should I enter it
as a single-title or a long contemporary series romance?
your work into the category that best fits it. If you believe
it can compete as a single-title, for example, then enter it as
a single-title work.
Can I submit an entry that is published by a non-RWA-recognized
A. Yes, entries
from non-RWA-recognized publishers are eligible so long as an
element of romance is a part of the submission. Enter your
work in the appropriate category for the level of romance.
If I live in a foreign country, how can I arrange for the entry
fee given the fluctuation of the exchange rate?
A. You can
pay your fee in US funds through PayPal.
This is my first book. Is it necessary to submit an
form for both the category I am entering AND a form for the Best
First Book Category? How does the fee work for Best First
A. Only one
form is necessary. Just indicate this is your first book
and enclose an extra $5.00. Therefore, the fee for your
entry would be $25.00 for your entry and an additional $5.00 for
your first book to be considered in the Best First Book Category.