RITA and Golden Heart Winners and Finalists

Every year, Romance Writers of America recognizes outstanding published romance novels and novellas with the RITA award and outstanding unpublished manuscripts with the Golden Heart award.

The following current or past Chicago-North RWA members have won or finaled in the RITA and/or Golden Heart:

  • Courtney Milan – 2017 RITA winner, Romance Novella; 2014 RITA finalist, Historical Romance; 2012 RITA finalist, Historical Romance; 2010 RITA finalist, Novella
  • Melonie Johnson – 2017 Golden Heart Finalist, Contemporary Romance
  • Nicole Hohmann – 2017 Golden Heart Finalist, Young Adult Romance
  • Sarah Anderson – 2016 RITA winner, Contemporary Romance: Short
  • Elizabeth Harmon – 2016 RITA finalist, Best First Book
  • Sonali Dev – 2015 RITA finalist, Best First Book; 2013 GH finalist, Contemporary Single Title
  • Clara Kensie – 2015 RITA finalist, Young Adult Romance and Best First Book
  • Kelly Farmer – 2015 Golden Heart finalist, Contemporary Romance
  • Julie Ann Walker – 2014 RITA finalist, Romantic Suspense
  • Erica O’Rourke – 2013 RITA finalist, Young Adult; 2010 GH Winner, Young Adult
  • India Powers – 2013 GH finalist, Paranormal
  • Lisa Laing – 2012 GH winner, Novel with Strong Romantic Elements
  • Cherry Adair – 2012 RITA finalist, Romantic Suspense
  • Carrie Lofty, writing as Lindsey Piper, 2014 RITA finalist, Paranormal Romance; writing as Ellen Connor with Ann Aguirre, 2012 RITA finalist, Paranormal Romance
  • Ruth Kaufman – 2011 GH winner, Inspirational
  • Simone Elkeles –  2011 RITA finalist, Young Adult; 2010 RITA winner, Young Adult
  • Maureen Lang – 2011 RITA finalist, Inspirational
  • Laurie Brown- 2010 RITA finalist, Paranormal
  • B.A. Binns – 2010 GH finalist, Novel with Strong Romantic Elements
  • Marilyn Brant – 2007 GH winner, Novel with Strong Romantic Elements