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2nd Annual Book of the Year Contest

Finalist Announced!

Sponsored by the Utah Chapter of
Romance Writers of America®

The URWA Book of the Year Contest is open to Utah Romance Writers of America chapter members only.

**Contest Timeline & Fee**

Eligibility: Contest is open ONLY to members of the Utah Chapter of Romance Writers of America. Those wishing to enter the contest must be current members or join the chapter before submitting their entries. The Book of the Year contest is open to self- and traditionally-published authors.
  • ***Winner Announced***
  • Entry Fee: $40.00
  • Entry Opens: March 20, 2017
  • Entry Deadline: April 30, 2017
  • Judges scores due to coordinator: July 25, 2017
  • Finalists announced: August 1, 2017
  • October 14, 2017: Winners will be announced at the annual URWA Reader's Luncheon


  • Self- or traditionally- published authors must submit an electronic copy (mobi/Kindle file) of a book with a publication date in 2016.
  • Book must be at least 25,000 words in length. All entries should contain a central love story and the resolution of the romance must be emotionally satisfying and optimistic.
  • Each author may submit up to three (3) entries.
  • There will be 5 finalists unless a tie necessitates additional finalists.


  • In the preliminary round of the contest, the first fifty (50) pages of each entry will be judged.
  • The preliminary round will be judged by readers and writers.
  • Each entry will be judged three times. Scores will not be returned.
  • In the final round, the entire book will be judged.
  • All decisions of the judges are final.
  • Final Round Judges: Final round judges are librarians, writers, and readers.
  • Click here to preview judges' score sheet.


The winner will be presented with an engraved award at the URWA Reader's Luncheon.
The winner and finalists will receive a badge to display on their website and other social media sites, and will have their names posted in the RWR.

**To Enter**

  • Fill out an online entry form by clicking below to go the RWA web page registration.
  • After filling out the form, you'll be able to pay via PayPal.
  • If paying by check drawn on U.S. funds, make it payable to Utah/Salt Lake Chapter RWA®. Each entry must be accompanied by the entry fee. Checks must be received no later than May 7, 2017, mailed to: Utah Romance Writers of America, c/o Book of the Year Contest, P.O. Box 1017, Kaysville, UT 84037.
  • Email the mobi/Kindle file of each book you enter to: [jgbeckstrand [@]]
  • Books must be received on or before May 7, 2017.

Please complete the form. If you are submitting more than one book, complete separate entry forms for each. A login into the RWA website may be required.
Entry Form
(All entrants must complete electronic entry form even if paying by check. You will be directed the the RWA website to complete the form and submit your payment.)

2017 Book of the Year Contest Fee
URWA Members Only: $40.00

If paying by check or money order, click here for Manual Entry Form to mail with check. Mail entry fee with manual form to:
Utah Romance Writers of America
c/o Book of the Year Contest
P.O. Box 1017
Kaysville, UT 84037

Please complete the electronic entry form even if mailing a check.

For questions and comments, contact the contest coordinator Jennifer Beckstrand at JenniferGBeckstrand [@]

Previous Year's Contest Winners

 Updated 10/14/17