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Series/Short & Long Contemporary
Romance-based series novels.  Word count: 40,000 to 90,000
Final Judge - Editor:        Susan Litman, Harlequin  
Final Judge - Agent:        Nalini Akolekar, Spencerhil Associates, Ltd.

Single Title
Romance-based novels published as individual titles. Word count: 90,000 to 110,000
Final Judge - Editor:         Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks
Final Judge - Agent:        Jessica Alvarez, Bookends, LLC        

Suspense (series or single title)Romance-based novels that include an element of mystery or suspense. Word count: 40,000 to 110,000
Final Judge - Editor:         Kristin Sevick, Tor/Forge
Final Judge - Agent:         Joyce Holland, D4EO

Historical
Romance-based novels with non-contemporary settings, including regency & gothic romances.  Word count: 40,000 to 110,000   
Final Judge - Editor:        Megan Records, Kensington
Final Judge - Agent:        Jill Marr, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency

Unique Genres (Paranormal, Futuristic, Fantasy, Time Travel)
Romance-based novels of any time setting that contain elements such as time-travel, paranormal or fantasy themes.  Word count: 90,000 to 110,000
Final Judge - Editor:        Melissa Frain, Tor/Forge
Final Judge - Agent:        Marlene Stringer, The Stringer Literary Agency

Young Adult
Romance-based novels published for the Young Adult market. Word count: 40,000 or more 
Final Judge - Editor:        Adam Wilson, Harlequin Teen        
Final Judge - Agent:        Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency

The Write Magic
For Southern Magic members only
Final Judge - Editor:         Debra Dixon, Editor, Bell Bridge Books
Final Judge - Agent:        Paige Wheeler, Agent, Folio Literary Agency

Contest coordinator:
Heather Leonard - HNLeonard@gmail.com


2012 LINDA HOWARD AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Contest for Unpublished Writers

Southern Magic (Birmingham, AL USA) congratulates the finalists in the 2012 Linda Howard Award of Excellence.

Series/Long & Short Contemporary
Forbidden Fantasy by Christine Glover
Her Prisoner of Love
by Christine Glover
The Tycoon's Sweet Temptation
by Christine Glover
Shared Secrets
by Pam Mantovani
Loving the Lone Rancher
by Jennifer Stroka

Single Title
Climb to Freedom by Sheila Athens
Mr. Good Enough
by Jamie Ferrell
Stealing Gram's Booty
by Jamie Ferrell

Historical
The Winds of Fate by Elizabeth Bysiek
The Price of a Gentleman
by Louisa Cornell
His Charming Seductress
by Louisa Cornell
Touch the Sky
by Sharon Drane
Beauford's Run
by Pat Eckhoff

Suspense (Series or Single Title)
Overboard by Chris Bailey
Burning Rubber
by Wendy Campbell
In Safe Hands
by Lee Christine
Speaking of Murder
by Edith Maxwell
Flowers for the Casket
by Annie Whittaker

Unique Genres (Paranormal, Futuristic, Fantasy, Time Travel)
Enchanting the Duke by Linda Brown
By Another Name
by Callie James
Dark Moon
by Leisl Leighton
Seer's Blood
by Leisl Leighton
How to Divorce a Vampire
by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
Paradox
by Isis Rushdan

Young Adult
Ashes of the Phoenix by Callie James
Lifer
by Rebecca Sampson
Awakening
by Bonnie Staring

The Write Magic

(This category is for Southern Magic members who were finalists in their category or earned an average final score over 90)
Overboard
by Chris Bailey
The Price of a Gentleman by Louisa Cornell
His Charming Seductress
by Louisa Cornell
Incandescent by Mary Freeman
Forbidden Fantasy
by Christine Glover
Her Prisoner of Love
by Christine Glover
The Tycoon's Sweet Temptation
by Christine Glover
Ashes of the Phoenix
by Callie James
By Another Name
by Callie James