Windy City Romance Writers Four Seasons Contest

NOTE: We are not holding the Four Seasons Contest in 2021.

2020 Four Seasons Contest Winners

Contemporary Romance
1st Place Just for Show * JULIE HAMILTON
2nd Place Cloud Tide JENNY DEVON
3rd Place Would You Rather ALLISON ASHLEY
4th Place Harmony Ranch: The Long Way Home * CJ MCCAY
* Indicates Agent/Editor Request

Agent or Editor Judge: Agent Eva Scalzo, Speilburg Literary
Industry Judge: Jennifer Prokop, Kirkus reviewer and co-host Fated Mates podcast

1st Place The Brewery Bargain * ESME COOPER
2nd Place The Duke Who Dared * JK MERRYN
3rd Place Guide To Temptation NINA SHYLO
4th Place Rubies Pierce My Heart CYNTHIA ANNE HURT
* Indicates Agent/Editor Request

Agent or Editor Judge: Editor Debby Gilbert, Soul Mate Publishing
Industry Judge: Amy Alessio, Booklist reviewer

Mainstream with a Central Romance
1st Place Jezebel BECCAN JAMES
2nd Place Followed the Sun LIZ LOCKE
3rd Place Is This for Real KATHY STROBOS
4th Place 23 and You and Me MICHELLE MCCRAW

Agent or Editor Judge: Editor Mary Altman, Sourcebooks
Industry Judge: Danielle Dresser, Fresh Fiction Editorial Manager

1st Place Warrior of Eden * FENLEY GRANT
2nd Place Kiss of Life and Death ELLE MCKAY
3rd Place Witch of Mayfair CLEMENTINE FRASER
4th Place My Heart to Take ELIZABETH ALLYN-DEAN
* Indicates Agent/Editor Request

Agent or Editor Judge: Agent Brittany Booker Carter, Booker Albert Agency
Industry Judge: Karen Toonen, Librarian and Windy City RWA Northern IL Librarian award recipient

Romantic suspense
1st Place The End of the Line  AG MEIERS
2nd Place Cardinal Security Investigations P.A. DEPAUL
3rd Place Dangerous Charade SUZANNE BAGINSKIE
4th Place Barefoot in Flames BONNIE JO

Agent or Editor Judge: Editor Christa Desir, Sourcebooks
Industry Judge: Robin Bradford, Librarian and Romance Writers of America Cathie Linz Librarian Award recipient

Young Adult
1st Place The Bliss of Ignorance SHAILA PATEL
2nd Place The Absolute Novice’s Guide to Time Travel MIRANDA DARROW
3rd Place The Epileptic’s Guide To Time Travel * SARAH M ANDERSON
4th Place Moving Forward ERIN BEAL
* Indicates Agent/Editor Request

Agent or Editor Judge: Agent Marlo Berliner, The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
Industry Judge: Roseann Backlin, Love’s Sweet Arrow bookstore co-owner

In the event of a tie with the final judges’ rankings, the first round scores were used to determine the final rank.