Published Maggie Rules


  • Open to all works of Romantic Fiction over 40,000 words, with the exception of Romance Novella, which is between 20,000 and 40,000 words.

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

  • We accept only digital/eBooks in the .mobi or.pdf. format. All ebooks must be readable using Amazon e-reader apps.

  • 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 2018 and December 2018.

  • An entry may not be entered in more than one category unless it will also be entered into the Best New Book by a GRW Member. See eligibility below.

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

Best New Book by a GRW Member Eligibility:

  • 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.

  • The entry will be digital (digital/eBooks in .mobi or .pdf must be readable using Amazon e-reader apps).

  • Librarian and Bookseller judges will identify 5 finalists based on the top Published Maggie scores for entries in this special category.

  • Five GRW PRO members, as designated by the PRO Liaison, will judge all 5 finalists. The highest and lowest scores for each finalist will be dropped to keep the contest judging fair and ethical.

  • One winner will be selected and awarded the prestigious Maggie Medallion at the Moonlight & Magnolias awards banquet.

If you don’t receive the confirmation email from the Maggie Chair please send an email to


GRW Member: $30

RWA Member: $35

Non-Member: $40


By entering the Maggie Awards for Excellence, you agree not to post book reviews on any 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 error on the side of caution. Failure to follow the rules may result in your own Published Maggie entry disqualification.


  • Three (3) judges from our bookseller/librarian pool will evaluate each book.

  • Finalists will be notified by June 26th, 2019.

  • Decisions of the judges are final.

Want $5 off your Maggie Entry? Judge the Unpublished Maggies!

We need Published Authors to volunteer to judge our Unpublished Maggie awards.You will receive a $5 discount off a Maggie entry for your efforts. As Published Authors, you have traversed the waters to publication and your expertise is greatly appreciated. As a gesture of our thanks, if you are willing to judge, you will get a special $5 off one Maggie Entry (for every $5 off, you agree to judge 3-4 entries). In addition, as a gesture of our appreciation, two judges—who return scores and critiques on time—will be randomly selected to receive a $25 gift certificate.



At the end of your entry application, choose the judging fee that applies to you  ($25 for GRW Members, $30 for RWA Members, and $35 for Non-Members). You MUST FILL OUT THE JUDGING APPLICATION and FULFILL YOUR JUDGING DUTIES to get those discounted prices. If you do not, your entry will be disqualified with no refund.

Judge Duties:

  • Entries are no more than 10,000 words, double spaced, including a synopsis.

  • You will receive entries (approximately 3 to 4 per judge) by no later than April 27, 2019.

  • Scoring is due back by June 7, 2019.

  • Judges will critique their entries with constructive feedback based on their knowledge of the industry as Published Authors.

  • Names of our First-Round Judges will NOT be revealed to the entrants unless you request it.

Interested? Please click on the link below and fill out the judge application.

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Entries must be RECEIVED by March 30th, 2019 at 10pm Eastern, and must follow format requirements listed on the entry form. Finalists will be notified June 26th and winners will be announced at the Moonlight & Magnolias Conference banquet on October 5th.

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