The Best Romance Writing Contests of 2022

Writing competitions curated by Reedsy

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The Dante Rossetti Awards

Chanticleer Book Reviews and Media

The Dante Rossetti Awards Categories are: Contemporary Young Adult; SFF & Paranormal; Dystopian/Edgy/Urban; Mystery/Thriller/Suspense; Historical Young Adult; YA Adventure/Romance. The Chanticleer Prize Package includes: A Prize Ribbon to use in promotion at book signings and book festivals Digital Badges for display on your website or incorporation into book covers Book stickers to identify your print books to bookstore shoppers as they browse.

Top prize

$1,000

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $99

Deadline: June 30, 2022


Genres

Fiction, Mystery, Novel, Romance, Science Fiction, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult

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Maggie Award for Prepublished Writers

Georgia Romance Writers

The purpose of the Prepublished Maggie Award for Excellence is to encourage, recognize, and reward the mastery of romance writing by Prepublished authors of romantic fiction. The Maggie Award is a symbol of achievement given by the Georgia Romance Writers (GRW) to bring special attention to these writers. Opens February 14th.

Top prize

Silver Medallion

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $40

Deadline: April 30, 2022


Genres

Romance

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FHL Readers' Choice Awards

Faith, Hope, Love Christian Romance Writers

The FHLRCA is open to all writers, members of FHL as well as non-members, who are published in Christian fiction. Books entered in the FHLRCA must be written from a Christian worldview.

Top prize

Certificate and engraved box

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $35

Deadline: March 01, 2022


Genres

Christian, Romance, Novel, Novella, Short Story, Suspense

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Maggie Award for Published Writers

Georgia Romance Writers

The purpose of the Published Maggie Award for Excellence is to recognize the achievements of Published authors of romantic fiction. The Maggie Award is a symbol of achievement given by the Georgia Romance Writers (GRW) to bring special attention to these authors. Opens February 14th, 2022.

Top prize

Medallion

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $40

Deadline: March 31, 2022


Genres

Romance, Novel

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Romance Anthology Contest: Love Is Blind

Bardsy

From classical Rome to Shakespearean England, and even the present-day La-La Land of reality television, the notion of blind love has resonated through the ages. Write a story where a romantic connection goes beyond the surface. Off-prompt entries will not be considered. All finalists will be published in Bardsy's 2022 Romance Anthology. The winner will also receive a six-month Elite membership that includes a facilitated writing group and monthly one-on-one coaching sessions with a Bardsy author-educator. Finalists will receive $50 and a three-month membership. US and 18+ only please. Word count: 1,200 to 3,000.

Top prize

$399

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $0

Deadline: February 10, 2022


Genres

Fiction, Romance, Short Story

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The Christy Award

The Christy Award

The Christy Award® was established in 1999 to acknowledge the value and impact of the novel of faith in contemporary culture. Since that time, the Christys have been a focal point for the writers and publishers in our community, symbolizing the best aspirations and accomplishments of writers who write from a perspective of faith and who create stories with matters of belief at their core.

Top prize

Award

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $175

Deadline: March 31, 2022


Genres

Christian, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Romance, Young Adult

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The Daphne du Maurier Award For Excellence in Mystery/Suspense Unpublished Division

RWA Kiss of Death Chapter

The Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense is named for Daphne du Maurier, the author of Rebecca, a suspense novel with romantic and gothic overtones and a precursor to today’s romantic suspense. The writing contest is for unpublished authors of mystery, suspense, and thrillers with or without romantic subplots.

Top prize

Award

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $30

Deadline: January 15, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Mystery, Suspense, Romance, Thriller

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The Daphne du Maurier Award For Excellence in Mystery/Suspense (Published Division)

RWA Kiss of Death Chapter

The Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense is named for Daphne du Maurier, the author of Rebecca, a suspense novel with romantic and gothic overtones and a precursor to today’s romantic suspense. The writing contest is for published authors of mystery, suspense, and thrillers with or without romantic subplots.

Top prize

Award

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $30

Deadline: January 15, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Mystery, Suspense, Romance, Thriller

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Royal Ascot Competition

Beau Monde Chapter of RWA

The annual Royal Ascot contest provides unpublished writers with exposure to published Regency fiction authors and industry professionals who specialize in publishing Regency Fiction works. The Royal Ascot is devoted exclusively to the Regency. The contest goal is to promote Regency-set fiction (1780-1840) by encouraging the development of authors who set their stories in the extended Regency period.

Top prize

$100

Additional prizes

$50 for each category winner

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $30

Deadline: January 01, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Romance

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The Carolyn Readers' Choice Awards

North Texas Romance Writers

The Carolyn Readers Choice Award contest is open to all authors of traditional, e-published, and self-published books. Romances featuring characters of all races, creeds, ethnicities, genders, and sexualities or with disabilities or containing spiritual/religious elements are welcome to enter. Please enter the category that best suits your entry over all.

Top prize

$100

Additional prizes

Digital medallion for runners up

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $35

Deadline: February 18, 2022


Genres

Romance

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The Vivian

Romance Writers of America

The VIVIAN® recognizes excellence in romance writing and showcases author talent and creativity. We celebrate the power of the romance genre with its central message of hope—because happily ever afters are for everyone.

Top prize

Award

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: December 04, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Romance

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Shepton Snowdrops Poetry Competition

Shepton Snowdrops Festival

The Shepton Snowdrop Festival is inviting poets, young and old, to pen a poem that reflects the power of nature, its reawakening, and the hope it brings. ‘Hope in nature’ is the theme for the 2022 Poetry Competition. During the short days and long evenings of winter, the green tips and delicate flowers of the snowdrop emerge to give hope and a sense of renewal.

Top prize

$260

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $5

Deadline: January 09, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Poetry, Romance

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Oxford Flash Fiction Prize

Oxford Flash Fiction

Write yourself into history and become one of the greats with the Oxford Flash Fiction Prize. For centuries, the greats have come to Oxford to ink masterpieces. Now, in one of the oldest towns, where the history of the English language can be traced back to its ancient streets, we want to celebrate one of the newest forms in literature – flash fiction.

Top prize

$1,300

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $8

Deadline: January 31, 2022


Genres

Christian, Crime, Fantasy, Flash Fiction, Horror, Humor, LGBTQ, Mystery, Suspense, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Travel

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On the Far Side Contest

Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance Writers

Write fantasy, futuristic, or paranormal? Then the On the Far Side Contest is for you!! Welcome dragons, witches, ghosties, psychics, vampires, shapeshifters, unicorns, and any creature your imagination can conjure up in a galaxy far, far away, in a time long past, or in your very own backyard.

Top prize

Award

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $25

Deadline: May 16, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Novel, Romance

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Royal Romance Writing Contest

Dreame

Spectacular places, charming princes, beautiful princesses, elegant ladies, vampires hiding in the dark, and werewolves who transform every full moon... Have you ever been curious about them and their mysterious world? What will happen when they meet in the story under your fingers? Join our writing contest and write the most romantic royal story to win a great prize!

Top prize

$40,000

Additional prizes

Range of tech prizes for stories with the most comments

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: September 30, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Novel, Romance

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Rudy Contest

Chesapeake Writers' Association

The Rudy Contest is open to submissions of unpublished manuscripts. There must be a romantic element and a Happily Ever After. Entries are comprised of a blurb (back-cover copy) and no more than the first 20 pages of a manuscript.

Top prize

$50

Additional prizes

Certificate and digital badge to finalists.

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $25

Deadline: May 31, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Romance

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The Emily Contest

League of Romance Writers

The Emily Contest is a premier contest for unpublished romance writers. Our mission is to professionally support writers and guide them along their path to publication. Maximum word count is 5,600 words including prologue, if applicable.

Top prize

$100

Additional prizes

Silver pin and certificate to 1st place from each category

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $40

Deadline: October 01, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Romance

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National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award

First Coast Romance Writers

The National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award celebrates published romance novels and novellas and is judged by romance readers. All entries must have an original copyright date of 2021 and must have been available for purchase in the United States beginning in 2021.

Top prize

NERFA Winner web logo and trophy

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $40

Deadline: March 31, 2022


Genres

Fiction, Romance

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HOLT Medallion Contest

Virginia Romance Writers

The Virginia Romance Writers Chapter of the Romance Writers of America® is pleased to announce the 27th Annual HOLT Medallion competition for the best romantic fiction. Entries must be a single work of romance fiction, with an original copyright date (not a release date) of January-December 2021 regardless of format (e-book or print).

Top prize

Certificate and a pewter HOLT medallion

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $30

Deadline: January 15, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Romance

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The Rubery Prize

Rubery Book Awards

The Rubery Prize is a prestigious international book award seeking the best books by indie writers, self published authors and books published by independent presses, judged by reputable judges. Through our reputation of finding quality and outstanding books we aim to bring recognition to the works that win and heighten an author's profile.

Top prize

£2000

Additional prizes

£200, a write-up

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $60

Deadline: March 31, 2022


Genres

Crime, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Humor, Memoir, Mystery, Non-fiction, Novel, Novella, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult, Romance

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Insecure Writer's Support Group Anthology Contest

Insecure Writer's Support Group

The winning stories will be edited and published by Dancing Lemur Press' imprint Freedom Fox Press next year in the IWSG anthology. Authors will receive royalties on books sold, both print and eBook. The top story will have the honor of giving the anthology its title. This year's genre is sweet romance, and the theme is first love.

Top prize

Publication by Freedom Fox Press

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $0

Deadline: September 01, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Science Fiction, Romance

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