top of page

2024 Prepublished Maggie Award


The purpose of the Prepublished Maggie Award for Excellence is to encourage, recognize, and reward the mastery of romance writing by Prepublished authors of romantic fiction. The Maggie Award is a symbol of achievement given by the Georgia Romance Writers (GRW) to bring special attention to these writers. The Maggie Award, a silver medallion commissioned by GRW, receives national attention. All manuscripts will receive two critiques by published authors, and finaling manuscripts will be ranked by agents and editors in the publishing industry.

Important Dates:


The Maggie Award for Excellence for Pre-published writers opens Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2024. Entries must be RECEIVED by April 26, 2024 at 10pm Eastern, and must follow all format requirements listed on the entry form. Finalists will be notified June 24th, 2024, and winners will be announced at the Maggie Award banquet on October 5th, 2024.


GRW Member: $30

Non-Member: $40

  • Payment through Paypal only. No personal checks accepted.

  • Entries, including completed entry form, must be RECEIVED by April 26st, 10:00 pm, EST AND before your category is full.

  • Those received after that date or received after the category is declared full will be disqualified.

  • Failure to comply with any of the above rules may disqualify the entry and the entry fee will not be refunded.

Final Round Judges

Contemporary Romance (CS)

Leticia Gomez
Senior Editor, Kensington Publishing Corp.

Historical Romance (HR)

Najla Mamou
Editor, The Wild Rose Press

Women's Fiction /Mainstream Fiction w/Romantic Elements (WF)

Lynn Raposo

Associate Editor, Canary Street Press & Graydon House Books

Romantic Suspense (RS)

Colleen Oefelein

Literary Agent, MacGregor & Leudeke Literary

Paranormal Romance (PR)

Cori Deyoe

Literary Agent, 3 Seas Literary Agency


Inspirational Romance (IR)

Jessica Sharpe

Senior Acquisitions Editor, Baker Publishing Group

Young/New Adult

Melissa Keir

CEO, Inkspell Publishing 

bottom of page