*Please review the score sheet for more insight into how your entry will be judged.

♥ 2018 Emily Contest Final Judges♥

 

Contemporary - Long

Includes romance novels of 70,000 words or more, with a more complex plot (including sub-plot) set in contemporary times, in which the romance is the main plot line.
Finalist Judges:

Editor: Norma Perez-Hernandez / Kensington Publishing Corp.

Agent: Patricia Nelson / Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

 

Contemporary - Short

Includes romance novels of between 40,000 and 70,000 words that fall within more specific category lines, set in contemporary times, in which the romance is the main plot line. These novels normally have only two points of view, that of the hero and heroine, and a more focused plot line.
Finalist Judges:

Editor: Brenda Chin / Entangled Publishing LLC

Agent: Elaine Spencer / The Knight Agency

 

Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal

Includes romance novels in which paranormal elements constitute an integral part of the plot.
Finalist Judges:

Editor: Kristine Swartz / The Berkley Publishing Group

Agent: Rebecca Strauss / DeFiore and Company

 

Historical Romance

Includes romance novels set prior to 1950.
Finalist Judges:

Editor: Tara Gelsomino / Crimson Romance

Agent: Courtney Miller-Callihan / Handspun Literary

 

Romantic Suspense

Includes romance novels in which the romance is the main focus but is integrated with suspense, mystery, or thriller elements.
Finalist Judges:

Editor: Laura Costello / Sourcebooks

Agent: Cori Deyoe / 3 Seas Literary Agency

 

Young Adult

Includes romance and non-romance novels geared toward readers 12 – 18, and features protagonists of the same age group.
Finalist Judges:

Editor: Alyssa Miele / Harper Collins

Agent: Becca Stumpf / Prospect Agency

 

Best of the Best

Is a competition between the first place winners of each category. The winner will receive $100

Best of the Best Judge: Karla Hodde, Katy Budget Books