RITA

The purpose of the RITA® contest is to promote excellence in the romance
genre by recognizing outstanding published romance novels and novellas.
The award itself is a golden statuette named after RWA's first president, Rita Clay Estrada, and has become the symbol for excellence in published romance fiction.

 

Best Contemporary Series Romance category winners

Best Contemporary Series Romance : Suspense/ Adventure category winners

Best Contemporary Single Title category winners

Best First Novel category winners

1999 selection

My Darling Caroline

RITA Best First Novel 1999

by Adele Ashworth

“Remarkable...an emotionally enthralling story. Readers will embrace these entertaining characters.”

 —Arnette Lamb

 

A true classic, My Darling Caroline marked the debut of USA Today bestselling author...


1992 selection

Candle in the Window

RITA Best First Novel 1992

by Christina Dodd

Lady Saura of Roget lives a lonely life of servitude—her fortune controlled by her cruel, unscrupulous stepfather. Yet it is she who has been called upon to brighten the days of Sir William of Miraval, a proud...


Best Historical Romance category winners

Best Historical Series category winners

Best Historical Single Title category winners

1994 selection

Untamed

Medieval #1

RITA Best Historical Single Title 1994

by Elizabeth Lowell

Returning home triumphant from the Crusades, Dominic le Sabre is determined to claim the bride promised to him by the king, but the high-born Celtic beauty is equally determined to resist him.


Best Inspirational Romance category winners

Best Long Contemporary Romance category winners

Best Long Contemporary Series Romance category winners

Best Long Historical Romance category winners

2006 selection

The Devil to Pay

MacLachlan Family & Friends #1

RITA Best Long Historical Romance 2006

by Liz Carlyle

Liz Carlyle, bestselling author of The Devil You Know and A Deal With the Devil, continues her devilish streak with this sensual regency romance.

By day, Sidonie Saint-Godard is a quietly elegant young widow...


Best Mainstream Historical Romance category winners

Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements category winners

Best Paranormal Romance category winners

2010 selection

Kiss of a Demon King

RITA Best Paranormal Romance 2010

by Kresley Cole

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole comes a spellbinding standalone novel set in the Immortals After Dark universe: the story of a demon king trapped by an enchantress for her wanton purposes—and...


2009 selection

Seducing Mr. Darcy

RITA Best Paranormal Romance 2009

by Gwyn Cready

In the second hilarious and sexy novel from author Gwyn Cready, a divorcée suffering from "carnal deprivation" has a racy one-night stand with one of literature's most irresistible heroes -- and learns that...


2007 selection

A Hunger Like No Other

RITA Best Paranormal Romance 2007

by Kresley Cole

In New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Kresley Cole’s sizzling series, a fierce werewolf and a bewitching vampire become unlikely soul mates whose passion will test the boundaries of life and death....


Best Regency Historical Romance category winners

2012 selection

A Night to Surrender

Spindle Cove #1

RITA Best Regency Historical Romance 2012

by Tessa Dare

“An engaging love story with strong, believable characters. I can’t wait to read the sequels!”

—Mary Balogh

“Prepare to fall in love.”

—Julia Quinn

Presenting the winner of the Avon FanLit contest,...


2010 selection

What Happens in London

Bevelstoke #2

RITA Best Regency Historical Romance 2010

by Julia Quinn

Rumors and Gossip . . . The lifeblood of London

When Olivia Bevelstoke is told that her new neighbor may have killed his fiancée, she doesn't believe it for a second, but, still, how can she help spying on him,...


2008 selection

The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever

Bevelstoke #1

RITA Best Regency Historical Romance 2008

by Julia Quinn

2 March 1810 . . . Today, I fell in love.

At the age of ten, Miranda Cheever showed no signs of Great Beauty. And even at ten, Miranda learned to accept the expectations society held for her—until the afternoon...


Best Romance category winners

Best Romance Novella category winners

2012 selection

I Love the Earl

RITA Best Romance Novella 2012

by Caroline Linden

A single ladyin possession of a good fortunemust be in want of a suitor

Margaret de Lacey has accepted her unmarried statewith dignity, if not delight. She had no suitors when she wasyoung and starry-eyed, though...


2009 selection

It Happened One Night

RITA Best Romance Novella 2009

by Stephanie Laurens, Mary Balogh, Jacquie D'Alessandro & Candice Hern

It Happened One Night . . . and nothing was ever the same again!

Once upon a time, four superstar storytellers—New York Times bestselling authors Stephanie Laurens and Mary Balogh, along with Jacquie D'Alessandro...


Best Romantic Suspense category winners

2010 selection

Whisper of Warning

RITA Best Romantic Suspense 2010

by Laura Griffin

WILL HE HELP PROVE HER INNOCENCE...

OR LEAD A KILLER TO HER DOOR?

Courtney Glass has been in trouble all her life, but nothing tops being an up-close witness to a brutal murder. Until she's accused of the crime....


2009 selection

Take No Prisoners

RITA Best Romantic Suspense 2009

by Cindy Gerard

New York Times bestselling author Cindy Gerard's red-hot new romantic suspense series features the irresistible men of Black Ops, Inc., a special team of heroes with a taste for living on the edge....

A...


Best Short Contemporary Romance category winners

Best Short Contemporary Series Romance category winners

Best Short Historical category winners

2005 selection

A Wanted Man

RITA Best Short Historical 2005

by Susan Kay Law

Sam Duncan was too young when he marched off to war and was brutally imprisoned. He's witnessed and experienced a lifetime of cruelty and he's lost too much to care about anything ever again. While he was captured,...


2004 selection

Worth Any Price

Bow Street Runners #3

RITA Best Short Historical 2004

by Lisa Kleypas

Nick Gentry, the most seductive and dangerous man in England, has been sent to find Charlotte Howard, a runaway bride who has disappeared without a trace. But when he finds her, Nick is stunned by the intensity...


2000 selection

The Proposition

RITA Best Short Historical 2000

by Judith Ivory

No man, gentleman or otherwise, has ever looked at Lady Edwina Bollash the way the brash, handsome man standing before her is doing now. Edwina has accepted the challenge to transform incorrigible Mick Tremore...


1997 selection

Always to Remember

RITA Best Short Historical 1997

by Lorraine Heath

Branded a traitor and imprisoned for refusing to fight for the Confederacy, Clayton Holland returns home to Cedar Grove, only to be spurned by the townspeople, except for vengeful Meg Warner, who finds her hatred...


1996 selection

Lord of Scoundrels

Scoundrels #3

RITA Best Short Historical 1996

by Loretta Chase

They call him many names, but Angelic isn't one of them . . .

Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Dain, is big, bad, and dangerous to know. No respectable woman would have anything to do with the...


Best Traditional Romance category winners

Best Young Adult Romance category winners

2008 selection

Wicked Lovely

Wicked Lovely series #1

RITA Best Young Adult Romance 2008

by Melissa Marr

Fans of Sarah J. Maas and Holly Black won’t be able to resist the world of Melissa Marr's #1 New York Times bestselling series, full of faerie intrigue, mortal love, and courtly betrayal.

Rule #3: Don't stare...


Contemporary Single Title Romance category winners

2007 selection

Adios to My Old Life

RITA Contemporary Single Title Romance 2007

by Caridad Ferrer

Does a seventeen-year-old from Miami have what it takes to be the next big Latin superstar? And does she really want it?

As a talented singer-guitarist with a dream of going pro, Alegría Montero is getting...


2002 selection

True Confessions

RITA Contemporary Single Title Romance 2002

by Rachel Gibson

Welcome to Gospel, Idaho, where everyone knows that there are two universal truths. First, God did His best work when He created the Sawtooth Wilderness Area. Second, every sin known to heaven and earth—from...


2001 selection

First Lady

RITA Contemporary Single Title Romance 2001

by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

How does the most famous woman in the world hide in plain sight? The beautiful young widow of the President of the United States thought she was free of the White House, but circumstances have forced her back...


1999 selection

Dream a Little Dream

Chicago Stars #4

RITA Contemporary Single Title Romance 1999

by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

A Desperate Young Mother

Rachel Stone's bad luck has taken a turn for the worse. With an empty wallet, a car's that's spilling smoke, and a five-year-old son to support, she's come home to a town that hates her....


1998 selection

Nobody's Baby But Mine

Chicago Stars #3

RITA Contemporary Single Title Romance 1998

by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

“Outrageous, heartwarming, wonderfully sensual…I loved it!”

—Jayne Anne Krentz

“For sheer fun, nobody beats Nobody’s Baby But Mine.”

Detroit Free Press

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune writes, “Next...