Thank you for your interest in judging the 2020 Romance Writers of America RITA® Contest!

The purpose of the RITA contest is to recognize excellence in published romance novels and novellas, and our goal is to create a contest that is equitable and inclusive. We’re looking for judges who have a deep love for and knowledge of romance fiction and who believe that everyone deserves a happily ever after. The ideal judge will be able to provide a fair assessment of all assigned books and will abide by RWA’s core values and our anti-discrimination policy.

All judges will be required to complete approximately 2 hours of judge training. By submitting this questionnaire, you are agreeing to complete this training if selected.

All eligible respondents must complete and submit the following RITA Judge Questionnaire by October 20, 2019 to be considered. You will be notified of your selection status by November 26, 2019.* You can read more about eligibility requirements and the judging process here. If you have questions, check out our RITA Judging FAQ or contact
*Non-Member RITA Entrant respondents will be notified of their judge selection status after the contest closes for entries, once it has been determined if there are spots available in the contest for non-member entrants.

RWA staff shall have the right and sole discretion to select RITA judges.