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Gateway to the Best Contest 2016
Final Results

MORWA congratulates all of our participants in the Gateway contest this year for their creativity and passion for the romance genre.  We extend our hopes and wishes for a successful writing career to all of you!

Contemporary Single Title/Series
Final Judge:  Diana Stager, Editor, Evernight Publishing

1st Place:  Sweet Secrets by Karina Coldrick (Full manuscript requested)
2nd Place:  *Murphy’s Secret by Becke Turner (Full manuscript requested)
3rd Place:  The Candy Capers by Katie Barrett

Final Judge:  Kathryn Cheshire, Editor, Historical Team, Mills Boon/Harlequin

1st Place:  The Earl’s Perfect Invention by Janis Linford
2nd Place:  Love’s Whisper by Jeanine Englert
3rd Place:  An Improper Pursuit by Elinor Aspen

Romantic Suspense
Final Judge:  Tera Cuskaden, Editorial Director, Entangled Publishing

1st Place:  Warrior Women: The Fall of Justice by Diana Munoz Stewart
2nd Place:  Beyond Paradise by Barbara Forlenza
3rd Place:  Fickle Bitch by Philisha Stephens

Paranormal/Fantasy/Time Travel/Alternate Reality
Final Judge:  Stephanie Doig, Assistant Editor, Carina Press

1st Place:  Desperate Sacrifice by Linda Schad (Full manuscript requested)
2nd Place:  The Twenty-Eighth Kiss by Michelle Joyce Bond
3rd Place:  One And One by E.E. Lawrence

Women’s Fiction
Final Judge:  Kristine Swartz, Editor, Berkley

1st Place:  Mistress Suffragette by Diana Forbes
2nd Place:  The Map With No Name by Kristin Judy
3rd Place:  Resurrecting Lucy by Sarah Zettler

New/Young Adult
Final Judge:  Megha Parekh, Editor, Grand Central Publishing

1st Place:  The Break Up Instructions by Terra Rogerson
2nd Place:  Lucky by Laura Cumbie
3rd Place:  A Whisper of Death by Yanicke Forfang


*Special congratulations to our Grand Prize Winner - Murphy’s Secrets by Becke Turner.  Becke has won a 2-hour session with writing coach Michael Hauge.


Thank you to all our contest entrants!  We appreciate your support of the Gateway contest and wish everyone all the best in their writing careers.

Final judging results will be announced around November 25, 2016.

All entrants should expect to see their score sheets returned by October 31, 2016.



The Grand Prize winner will receive a 2-hour coaching session with writing coach Michael Hauge (valued at $700), the Gateway Charm, and a certificate of achievement.

First, second, and third places are awarded in each category. 

First and second place winners in each category will receive:

  • A certificate of achievement
  • A one-year membership to MoRWA

Third place winners in each category will receive:

  • A certificate of achievement

** All information on this web page is subject to the Official Rules of this contest.