The Catherine

Final Round Results 2014

Contemporary Series – Final Round Judge: Megan Long, Harlequin

First Place: WHEN IN ROME, by Angela Bissell

Second Place: SUMMER OF FORTUNE, by Judy Hudson ***

Third Place: CABIN FEVER, by Judy Hudson **


Contemporary Single Title – Final Round Judge: Esi Sogah, Kensington

First Place: THE FIRST WORD, by Isley Robson

Second Place: SHE’S GOT GAME, by A.G. Starling

Third Place: CATCHING KATIE, by Eva Siedler


Historical – Final Round Judge: Katherine Pelz, Berkley

First Place: A WICKED WAY TO WIN AN EARL, by Katherine Jackson **

Second Place: LESSONS IN SCANDAL, by Crystal Eliot

Third Place: KITTY’S WAR, by Barbara Whitaker


Paranormal, Fantasy, Futuristic – Final Round Judge: Brenda Chin, Belle Books

First Place: HELL TO PAY, by Jillian David ***

Second Place: SPARK RISING, by Kate Corcino ***

Third Place: WATCHTOWER, by Jennifer K. Hover

Fourth Place: SAVING JEWEL, by Babette de Jongh


Strong Romantic Elements – Final Round Judge: Kerri Buckley, Carina Press

First Place: WHERE THE PAST BELONGS, by Elizabeth Cockle & James Colling w/a E.J. Colling *

Second Place: LUCK RIDERS, by Lynne M. MacLean

Third Place: FIRST BLUSH, by Jennifer Sanchez


Romantic Suspense – Final Round Judge: Leah Hultenschmidt, Grand Central Publishing

First Place: TRUST NO ONE, by Annette Keuning

Second Place: GUARDING JULIA, by Babette de Jongh

Third Place: FOR LOVE AND MONEY, by Madelle Morgan


Young Adult – Final Round Judge: Karen Chaplin, HarperCollins Children’s Books

First Place: THE FROST KING, by Elly Blake*

Second Place: VIRTUE, VICE, SACRIFICE, by Shannon Schuren

Third Place: THE OTHER CHEEK, by McCall Hoyle


New Adult – Final Round Judge: Megha Parekh, Grand Central Publishing

First Place: CAN’T HELP BUT SEE, by Morgan Walsh ***

Second Place: SEDUCING DEATH, by Elle McKay ***

Third Place: PASSING THE BAR, by Lauren Riddick

Fourth Place: ALL THAT SHIMMERS, by Kady Winter


NEXT: The Gold Ticket Round

The first place winner in each category winners are entered into the Gold Ticket competition judged by Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency. The Gold Ticket winner will receive a three-chapter critique by NYT bestselling author Kelley Armstrong. Gold Ticket Round results will be announced in late November.

* TRW member

** Partial requested

*** Full requested

Categories with more than three finalists are due to ties.


It’s rare indeed when every single entry is good enough to win and also good enough to be published. Because it seems to happen every year when I judge the Toronto Gold Ticket Contest, I expect no less from entries that make the final round.” Kristin Nelson, Nelson Literary Agency


I just wanted to share with you that I did end up signing a three-book deal with Grand Central after being a finalist in this contest! Thank you so much for providing this opportunity to get my work in front of editors. It definitely made a big difference for me!”  Sara Richardson, Finalist
Sara’s entry, The Art of Persuasion, placed FIRST in the Strong Romantic Elements category of The Catherine 2013

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