This post will be a little different. And while I’m directing this to readers, primarily, I will also include the author information too.
This year (2016) marks the official beginning in my career as the
“complete” coordinator (last year I was the figurehead!) for the Annual National Readers’ Choice Awards. In other words, I’m in charge of the whole chi-bang!
This is a huge undertaking, but an exciting opportunity. I will be gathering contest coordinators and readers for the different categories of which there are 12.
What is truly exciting about this year, is that it is the Oklahoma Romance Writers of America’s 25th year to host this prestigious contest.
The NRCA is the only RWA contest where, not just the author is celebrated, but their editor and agent as well. Also, I would like to point out (for authors) our contests still includes a category for Romantic Elements.
If you love to read, consider signing up. You, as a judge, are mailed 4 books that you read and rank within approximately a 3 month time period. The books from well-recognized romance authors are yours to keep. Your only obligation is to return your scores to your assigned category coordinator within the specified time frame.
As you can imagine after 24 years, this process is streamlined pretty flawlessly, thanks to the previous overseers: Terri Schaefer and Silver James.
So, if you want more information on judging, check the OKRWA website.
And if you are ready to dive straight in and register as a reader/judge, click here.
Now for you fabulous authors, I think you know this is a well-received and well-renowned award. Just ask past winners like Brenda Novak, Tracy Ann Warren, Susan Mallory, Margaret Mallory, Roxanne St. Clair, Julie James, Candice Hern, Jodi Thomas…well, the list goes on and on and on…I mean, really, there are 24 years worth of winners. Just saying.
Your humble Contest Coordinator for the 25th annual NRCA and Martini Club 4 member, Kathy L Wheeler