Southern Magic Award of Excellence


Important Dates

  • July 1, 2018 - Contest Opens
  • September 1, 2018 - Contest Closes
  • January 2019 - Winners Announced

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If you have questions, please contact the Contest Coordinator at


For Published Authors

The Southern Magic Award of Excellence, sponsored by RWA chapter Southern Magic, was conceived to honor excellence in published romance fiction. The contest is judged by avid readers of romance, booksellers, librarians, and/or authors (if they also enter the contest, authors cannot judge in the category they enter). The winners of each category are awarded a custommade golden lapel pin. Winners will also be included in a full-page RWR advertisement.

$25 for each book. Payment will be made on the RWA website via PayPal, which also allows for credit card payment or by check.


All authors of novel-length or novella-length romance fiction (traditionally and indie published)

Entry Requirements

Books must have an original publication date and copyright of 2017. Electronic books may be entered when not available in print. Must provide a copyright page produced by the publisher. Limit of two books per author and author must provide four copies of the entered book, which will not be returned.

Once you have submitted your entry form and paid for your entry, you will be contacted with instructions on where and how to send your book for judging.



  • Historical
  • Romantic Suspense
  • Paranormal, Fantasy & Science Fiction
  • Contemporary
  • Teen/YA
  • Inspirational
  • New Adult
  • Novella (20,000-40,000 Words)

Note: If a category receives less than 5 entries, the author has the option to move that entry into another category or withdraw the entry (with refund of entry fee). Books cannot be returned.


Avid readers of romance, booksellers, librarians and/or authors (if they also enter the contest, authors cannot judge in the category they enter).

For More Information

Contest Coordinator