Steps to Enter
- Read the Official Rules
- Determine your category below
- Fill out the TRW Members or Non-Members registration form online and pay the applicable fee
- Email your entry to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contemporary Series Romance
Romance novels targeting series romance publishers. The finished manuscript should meet the target line’s specific requirements for length, sensuality and subject matter.
Contemporary Single Title Romance
Romance novels set after 1945 and intended to be released as individual titles. Single Title romances are typically not shorter than 85,000 words.
Romance novels with a strong suspense element. Entries targeting series romance lines that include suspense elements (e.g., Silhouette Romantic Suspense, Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Intrigue) may be entered in either this category or the contemporary series category, but not both.
Paranormal, Fantasy, and Futuristic Romance
Romances with paranormal, fantasy, futuristic and supernatural elements. Entries targeting paranormal series lines (e.g., Harlequin Nocturne) may be entered in either this category or the contemporary series category, but not both.
Romances set in time periods prior to 1945. Manuscripts targeting both single title historical publishers and series publishers (e.g., Harlequin Historical) should be entered in this category.
Romance novels or novels with strong romantic elements where the protagonists are young adults or teens. Entries targeting both single title young adult publishers and series lines with a young adult audience (e.g., Harlequin Teen) should be entered in this category.
Mainstream with Strong Romantic Elements
Mainstream popular fiction that includes a strong romantic element as part of the core story (e.g., women’s fiction or chick lit).
Romance novel or novels with strong romantic elements where the protagonists generally fall between the ages of eighteen and twenty-six. The novel usually encompasses the transition between adolescence and true adulthood where the characters are often portrayed experiencing: college, living away from home for the first time, military deployment, apprenticeships, a first steady job, a first serious relationship, etc.