Orange Rose Contest

The Orange Rose Contest for Unpublished Writers


The Orange Rose Contest is in its 34th year! This storied contest has in its roster many finalists who are now published, such as Rita Winners Laura Drake and Tessa Dare and New York Times best-selling authors Allison Brennan, Judy Duarte, Susan Squires and Debra Holland to name just a few. Why has the ORC enjoyed this level of success? It’s in large part due to the exceptional judges, both first round published author and final editor/agent judges, and our comprehensive score sheets.

Our top prize, the coveted Charlotte Award, is given in honor of long-time OCC member Charlotte Lobb, who passed away in 2013. Charlotte was a tireless volunteer and supporter of this chapter and its members, as well as a multi-published author of over 60 books. She was known for her generosity of spirit and great sense of humor. It is fitting that we present this top award to an unpublished writer in honor of Charlotte’s mentorship and encouragement of fledgling writers. One more thing, Charlotte herself was an Orange Rose finalist back in the day.

The Orange Rose Contest is open to all Romance Writers of America® members. If you would like to enter and are not a member please join RWA National.

ORC Rules & Guidelines


The 2017 Orange Rose Contest
for Unpublished Writers 1st Round Finalists


Contemporary Romance

Emily Mahon – Working the Polls: A Tale of Love, Sex and Politics

Gwynne Jackson – All Songs are Love Songs

Sara L. Hudson – Houston, We Have a Hottie


Mainstream Fiction, with a central romance

Deb Merino – Scratch Line

Jenny Hansen – A Sister in Need

Deb Merino – The Storm Shall Pass


Paranormal Romance

Lisa Knight – Praetorian Rising

Sage J. Winter – Immortal Games: Courts of Wings and Shadows

Raewyn Bright – Demon Curse


Historical Romance

Carolina Prentice – The Moon and Stars

Alyssa Roberts – Saving the Duke’s Baby

Elizabeth Everett – The Seduction of Mrs. Smith


Romantic Suspense

Lisa Malice – Lost and Found

Leslie Marshman – Goode Over Evil

Alan Chaput – Emerald Drone


Inspirational Romance

Rebekah Millet – 15 Days

Naomi Voorhees – Hearts Entwined

Catherine Ensley – California Bride


Young Adult

Riley Darkes – Serving Time

Lani Forbes – The Seventh Sun

Gregory Mark Henry – Prisoner’s Poison


To move on to the final round of judging, a manuscript must be highest scoring manuscript in their category that receives a minimum of 85% of the possible points. Unfortunately, the Paranormal Romance and Inspirational Romance categories will not be moving on to the final round of judging.

The winner of The Charlotte, Second, Third and Fourth place winners and remaining final round finalists will be announced and awards presented on October 21, 2017, at OCC/RWA’s Birthday Bash.

1st round certificates will be presented or mailed after the October 21st Birthday Party.


From contest coordinator, Jann:

“I wish to extend my most heartfelt appreciation to all of our Author Judges who made this contest possible.”


2017 Orange Rose Contest Committee

You may contact the committee by using the contact form found on the ORC contact tab. You may also email them at

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