Prepublished Maggie Categories

**Please note that the Maggie Award categories have changed this year in order to streamline and accommodate our time constraints. 

**All category entries should be novels with 40,000 words or more.  


Contemporary Romance  (CR)

Novels that are set from 1970 to the present that are longer than 40,000 words.

Historical Romance (HR)

Manuscripts that are set prior to 1950.

Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance (MFCR)

Mainstream Fiction manuscripts 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)

Manuscripts in which fantasy worlds, paranormal, or science fiction elements are an integral part of the plot.

Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements (RRSE)

Manuscripts 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)

Manuscripts in which suspense, mystery, or thriller elements constitute an integral part of the plot.

Young Adult/New Adult Romance (YANA)

A manuscript 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.

Final Round Judges

Contemporary Romance

Liz Berry - Blue Box Press


Deb Werksman - Sourcebooks

MFCR- Mainstream

Monique Patterson - St. Martins/Griffin

Romantic Suspense

Emily Rodmell- HQN

Paranormal Romance

Claire Eddy - Tor Books


Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements

Mark Gottlieb - Trident MediaGroup

Young/New Adult

Daniel Ehrenhaft- Blackstone Publishing