Congratulations to our winners!

The Winning Entries

Rom 1
Rachel Mannino
1st - Time's Firebird
Time-traveling anthropologist visits a 7th century village

Fiona Dale is a time-traveling anthropology student. As part of her doctoral research, she travels back to the 690s to study a Pict village. During her studies, a Viking convoy attacks the village. Terrified, Fiona tries to hide, but she’s caught the attention of the leader of this Viking raid, Jarl Vakr, and he takes her prisoner. Vakr decides that Fiona is his prize for becoming the first Jarl to sail across the western sea. Her fiery red-gold hair captivates him, as well as her skills with a sword, and her intelligence. He resolves to seduce Fiona into marrying him, even though he knows nothing about her. 

Rom 4
Dorothy F. Shaw
2nd - Stripped Bounty
Protecting her isn’t an option. It’s a requirement.

After her drug-running husband gets himself killed, Rosie Santini figures Phoenix is a fine place to get a fresh start. Deuce’s strip club isn’t too fresh, but the money’s easy. As she works the pole, the only gaze she can’t ignore belongs to the club’s head bouncer, Badger Baxter. But Rosie’s seen her fair share of tall, dark, and dangerous, and no way is she heading down that road. Not even for a hot hunk of muscle like Badger.

Rom 3
Emerson Clarey
3rd - Not Even Death
How do you convince someone to live, when all he loves is dead?

Poppy Thorpe is used to blending in, mixing with the shadows. That’s what happens when you have six siblings and you’re tasked with keeping up after them. Keep them safe; don’t make a fuss. That all changed when a near-death experience brought the other side front and center, and with it the responsibility to fulfill the wish of dead teenage girl to protect the boy she left behind fell at Poppy’s feet.

A Special Thanks to Our Judges

Marissa Sangiacomo
Macmillan Publishers
Lexi Smail
Hachette Book Group
Katherine Pelz
Penguin Random House


The following are the prizes awarded to our top three writers. Everyone else will receive basic service; your submission viewed by multiple publishing professionals; and access to future contests and writer services. Winners will be announced on Valentines Day, February 14, 2017.


  • $200 cash prize

  • Featured Submission to Partner Publishers and Agents

  • Query Consultation

  • First Chapter published on Romance Junkies


  • $100 cash prize
  • Featured Submission to Partner Publishers and Agents
  • Query Consultation


  • $50 cash prize

  • Featured Submission to Partner Publishers and Agents