RITA award


RITA award

The RITA award is the most prominent award given throughout the genre of romance novel and some other romantic fiction. It is presented by Romance Writers of America (RWA). It is named for the RWA's first president, Rita Clay Estrada. It signifies excellence in one of 13 categories of romantic fiction.

Procedure

Authors and editors submit manuscripts for consideration in the fall. In mid-spring, 100 finalists are announced. The winners are presented with a statuette in a ceremony held on the last day of the RWA National Conference each July.citation|last=Clay|first=Pat|title=Authors earn respect of romance writers|newspaper=Florida Today|date=August 8, 2007|accessdate=2007-08-13
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Categories

The categories [of year 2008 awards ( [http://www.rwanational.org/cs/contests_and_awards/rita_awards/past_winners RITA Awards: Past Winners] )] are:
*Best First Book
*Best Contemporary Series Romance
*Best Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure
*Best Contemporary Single Title Romance
*Best Historical Romance
*Best Inspirational Romance
*Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements
*Best Paranormal Romance
*Best Regency Historical Romance
*Best Romance Novella
*Best Romantic Suspense
*Best Young Adult Romance

Best novel

This award may correlate to:
*"Best Romance" from 1990 to 1996
*"RWA's Favorite Book" in 1998
*"Best Novel With Strong Romantic Elements" from 2004 to 2008The novels are picked from among the novels published the previous year.

Past winners are: [ [http://www.rwanational.org/cs/contests_and_awards/rita_awards/past_winners RITA Awards: Romance Writers of America - RITA award Past Winners] ]
*1990 Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer
*1991 The Prince of Midnight by Laura Kinsale
*1992 Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
*1993 Come Spring by Jill Marie Landis
*1994 Lord of the Night by Susan Wiggs
*1995 It Had To Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
*1996 Born in Ice by Nora Roberts
*1998 Nobody's Baby But Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
*2004 Between Sisters by Kristin Hannah
*2005 A.K.A. Goddess by Evelyn Vaughn
*2006 Lady Luck's Map of Vegas by Barbara Samuel
*2007 A Lady Raised High by Jennifer Ashley w/a Laurien Gardner
*2008 Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn

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