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Published Maggie Rules

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The Maggie Award for Excellence for Published authors opens Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2023. Entries must be RECEIVED by April 2, 2023 at 10pm Eastern, and must follow all format requirements listed on the entry form. Finalists will be notified June 26, 2023 and winners will be announced at the Moonlight & Magnolias Conference banquet on October 14, 2023.


Published Award Eligibility:

  • Open to all works of Romantic Fiction over 40,000 words

  • Traditional and Self-Published works are eligible as long as they meet all requirements for published fiction novels.

  • Digital/eBooks in PDF format are required. All eBooks must be readable using Amazon e-reader apps. (Please note: mobi is no longer accepted).

  • Any book that doesn’t meet the eligibility requirements as outlined in the Maggie Rules will be disqualified.

  • All books must carry a copyright date between January 2022 and December 2022.

  • An entry may not be entered in more than one category.

  • If the minimum number of entries in a category is not met, the entry will be moved into the second-choice category or the entrant can request a refund.

**Important Notice: By entering the Maggie Awards for Excellence, you agree not to post book reviews on the other books entered into the contest (as of the contest start date)—including but not limited to finalists—so long as your book remains in the contest. We understand that you can't know every book that could be entered into the contest, but use your best judgement and err on the side of caution. Failure to follow the rules may result in your own Published Maggie entry disqualification.


If you don’t receive a confirmation email once you have submitted your entry, please send an email to

​​Published Judging Description: 

  • Two (2) judges from our bookseller/librarian pool will evaluate each book. In the event of a large discrepancy between scores, a third judge will be chosen to evaluate the book in order to determine a fair score.

  • Finalists will be notified by June 26th, 2023.

  • Decisions of the judges are final.

  • Scores will not be made available to finalists.


GRW Member: $30

Non-Member: $40

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