Published Maggie Categories

Best New Book by a GRW Author

A novel entered in another Published Maggie contest category. To be eligible, the author (or authors in the case of a writing team) shall be a member(s) of the Georgia Romance Writers with a current membership at time of entry. One winner will be selected and awarded the prestigious Maggie Medallion at the Maggie Awards Banquet during Moonlight & Magnolias.

Contemporary Romance: Long (CR)
Novels that are set from 1950 to the present that are 70,000 or more words.

Contemporary Romance: Short (CRS)
Novels that are set from 1950 to the present that are between 40,000 and 70,000 words in length.

Historical Romance (HR)
Novels that are set prior to 1950 and that are longer than 40,000 words.

Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance (MFCR)
Mainstream Fiction novels in which themes or elements other than the romance are integral to the story even though a central love story and an emotionally satisfying and optimistic resolution to the romance are still present. This category is intended for romances that do not fit neatly into any other category due to their mainstream fiction nature but where the central romance could not be removed without damaging the storyline.

Paranormal Romance (PR)
Novels in which fantasy worlds, paranormal, or science fiction elements are an integral part of the plot.

Romance Novella (RN)
Novellas are between 20,000 and 40,000 words.

Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements (RRSE)
Novels in which religious or spiritual beliefs are an inherent part of the love story, character growth, and relationship development and could not be removed without damaging the storyline. These novels may be set in the context of any religious or spiritual belief system of any culture.

Romantic Suspense (RS)
Novels in which suspense, mystery, or thriller elements constitute an integral part of the plot.

Young Adult / New Adult Romance (YANA)

A novel with romantic themes interwoven with young adult (teen/high school age) OR new adult (twenty-something/college age) issues and concerns to form the central part of the story.

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