by the Romance Writers of America, the
purpose of the Golden Heart contest is to promote excellence in the
romance genre by recognizing outstanding romance manuscripts. Each year
1,200 romance manuscripts are entered in the Golden Heart by writers
who have not accepted a publishing offer for a work of original
fictional narrative prose of 20,000 words or more from any non-Subsidy,
non-Vanity Publisher (by the contest entry deadline).
sponsors the RITA® contest is to promote
excellence in the romance genre by recognizing outstanding published
romance novels and novellas. The award itself is a golden statuette
named after RWA's first president, Rita Clay Estrada, and has become
the symbol for excellence in published romance fiction.