The Rita Awards

The RITA Award is the most prominent award given throughout the genre of romance fiction.  It is presented by Romance Writers of America (RWA). The purpose of the RITA Award is to promote excellence in the romance genre by recognizing outstanding published novels and novellas. It is named for the RWA's first president, Rita Clay Estrada.

For more information see: The Romance Writers of America Website

2017 Winners


Miracle on 5th Avenue

Sarah Morgan | 2017 Contemporary: Long

No Mistress of Mine

Laura Lee Guhrke | 2017 Historical: Long

My Hope Next Door

Tammy L Gray | 2017 Inspirational

Past Winners


Brokedown Cowboy

Maisey Yates | 2016 Contemporary: Long

Tiffany Girl

Deeanne Gist | 2016 Historical: Long

Flash Fire

Dana Marton | 2016 Suspense

Forget Tomorrow

Pintip Dunn | 2016 First Book


Baby, It's You

Jane Graves | 2015 Contemporary: Long

Fool Me Twice

Meredith Duran | 2015 Historical: Long

Evernight

Kristen Callihan | 2015 Paranormal

Concealed In Death

J D Robb | 2015 Suspense

Run to You

Clara Kensie | 2015 First Book

Deceived

Irene Hannon | 2015 Inspirational


Crazy Thing Called Love

Molly O'Keefe | 2014 Contemporary: Long

The Firebird

Susanna Kearsley | 2014 Paranormal

Off the Edge

Carolyn Crane | 2014 Suspense

The Sweet Spot

Laura Drake | 2014 First Book

Five Days In Skye

Carla Laureano | 2014 Inspirational


The Way Back Home

Barbara Freethy | 2013 Contemporary: Long

A Rogue By Any Other Name

Sarah MacLean | 2013 Historical: Long

Shadow's Claim

Kresley Cole | 2013 Paranormal

Scorched

Laura Griffin | 2013 Suspense


Boomerang Bride

Fiona Lowe | 2012 Contemporary: Long

The Black Hawk

Joanna Bourne | 2012 Historical: Long

Dragon Bound

Thea Harrison | 2012 Paranormal

New York to Dallas

J D Robb | 2012 Suspense


Simply Irresistible

Jill Shalvis | 2011 Contemporary: Long

His At Night

Sherry Thomas | 2011 Historical: Long

Pieces of Sky

Kaki Warner | 2011 First Book

In Harm's Way

Irene Hannon | 2011 Inspirational


Too Good To Be True

Kristan Higgins | 2010 Contemporary: Long

Not Quite A Husband

Sherry Thomas | 2010 Historical: Long

Whisper of Warning

Laura Griffin | 2010 Suspense

One Scream Away

Kate Brady | 2010 First Book

The Inheritance

Tamera Alexander | 2010 Inspirational


Not Another Bad Date

Rachel Gibson | 2009 Contemporary: Long

The Edge of Impropriety

Pam Rosenthal | 2009 Historical: Long

Seducing Mr. Darcy

Gwyn Cready | 2009 Paranormal

Oh. My. Gods.

Tera Lynn Childs | 2009 First Book

Finding Stefanie

Susan May Warren | 2009 Inspirational


Catch of the Day

Kristan Higgins | 2008 Contemporary: Long

Lessons of Desire

Madeline Hunter | 2008 Historical: Long

Lover Revealed

J R Ward | 2008 Paranormal

Ice Blue

Anne Stuart | 2008 Suspense

Dead Girls Are Easy

Terri Garey | 2008 First Book

A Touch of Grace

Linda Goodnight | 2008 Inspirational


The Mommy Quest

Lori Handeland | 2007 Contemporary: Long

On the Way to the Wedding

Julia Quinn | 2007 Historical: Long

Blackout

Annie Solomon | 2007 Suspense

Revealed

Tamera Alexander  | 2007 Inspirational


Worth Every Risk

Dianna Love Snell | 2006 Contemporary: Long

The Devil to Pay

Liz Carlyle | 2006 Historical: Long

Gabriel's Ghost

Linnea Sinclair | 2006 Paranormal

Survivor In Death

J D Robb | 2006 Suspense

Show Her the Money

Stephanie Feagan | 2006 First Book

Heavens to Betsy

Beth Pattillo | 2006 Inspirational


John Riley's Girl

Inglath Cooper | 2005 Contemporary: Long

Shadowheart

Laura Kinsale | 2005 Historical: Long

Blue Moon

Lori Handeland | 2005 Paranormal

I'm Watching You

Karen Rose | 2005 Suspense


The Top Gun's Return

Kathleen Creighton | 2004 Contemporary: Long

The Destiny

Kathleen Givens | 2004 Historical: Long

Shades of Midnight

Linda Fallon | 2004 Paranormal

Back Roads

Susan Crandall | 2004 First Book

Autumn Dreams

Gayle Roper | 2004 Inspirational


Taking Cover

Catherine Mann | 2003 Contemporary: Long

Stealing Heaven

Madeline Hunter | 2003 Historical: Long

Contact

Susan Grant | 2003 Paranormal

Three Fates

Nora Roberts | 2003 Suspense

Shades of Honor

Wendy Lindstrom | 2003 First Book


Never Say Goodbye

Irene Hannon | 2003 Inspirational


Coming Home to You

Fay Robinson | 2002 Contemporary: Long

The Bridal Season

Connie Brockway | 2002 Historical: Long

Heart Mate

Robin D Owens | 2002 Paranormal

The Border Bride

Elizabeth English | 2002 First Book

Beneath a Southern Sky

Deborah Raney | 2002 Inspirational


Rogue's Reform

Marilyn Pappano | 2001 Contemporary: Long

Devilish

Jo Beverley | 2001 Historical: Long

A Man Like Mac

Fay Robinson | 2001 First Book


Undercover Princess

Suzanne Brockmann | 2000 Contemporary: Long

Silken Threads

Patricia Ryan | 2000 Historical: Long

Nell

Jeanette Baker | 2000 Paranormal

Award Winners