The Catherine

Our Contest has been renamed The Catherine to honour the late Catherine Witmer. A member of RWA since 1996, Catherine was an incredible proponent of the romance genre through her work as a Romantic Times Reviewer.

She also served as President of the Toronto Romance Writers in 1999 and 2001


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


Contest Coordinator: Laura Prystanski

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The Toronto Romance Writers would like to thank the authors, editors, agents and all the volunteers who have all donated their valuable time and expertise to making the
2017 Catherine a success.

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