Final Round Editors
Our 2018 final round editors. Listed with each category is a published example representing a winning novel representative of the genre.
CONTEMPORARY SERIES ROMANCE
Brittany Lavery ~ Assistant Editor, HQN
Romantic series novels. If your manuscript is a series romantic suspense, you may enter the Contemporary Series category or the Romantic Suspense category. Please check our score sheets to see which benefits your writing.
Elle Keck ~ Assistant Editor, Avon Books
Romantic novels with non-contemporary settings, including regency & gothic romances.
Raela Schoenherr ~ Acquisitions Editor, Bethany House Publishers
Romantic novels with an inspirational message/theme, including romantic suspense, historical, etc.
MAINSTREAM with ROMANTIC ELEMENTS
Marla Daniels ~ Assistant Editor, Simon and Schuster
Novels that include an element of romance but in which traditional romance conventions are not followed and in which there are themes and conflicts beyond romance. Mainly women’s fiction and chick lit.
Lexi Smail ~ Assistant Editor, Grand Central Publishing
Romantic novels that include an element of mystery or suspense. Since the final round editor is from a single title publisher, contestants may want to enter series romantic suspense in the contemporary series category.
SINGLE TITLE ROMANCE
Madeleine Colavita ~ Associate Editor, Hachette Book Group
Romantic, contemporary novels released as individual titles.
FANTASY / FUTURISTIC / PARANORMAL (Formerly SPECIALIZED) ROMANCE
Kristine Swartz ~ Associate Editor, Berkley Publishing Group
Romantic novels of any time setting (historical or futuristic) with Alternate Earth Histories, Dystopian, Futuristic, Fantasy, Time Travel, Paranormal or Urban Fantasy. Please keep in mind that the emphasis should be on the romance.
Alice Jerman, Assistant Editor, HarperCollins
Novels appropriate for young adult readers. Includes young adult heroes and heroines not exceeding 18 years of age.