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The Washington Romance Writers Chapter of the Romance Writers of America is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Marlene Contest for unpublished romance.

Erotic
No finalists in 2016 – category cancelled due to low entries

Historical
WINNER: Wanda Ann Thomas, SWEET CREEK RANCH
1st RUNNER UP: Evelyn Alexie, LORD JAMES’ CHALLENGE
2nd RUNNER UP: Masha Levinson*, THE DUKE’S SEDUCTION

Paranormal
WINNER: Carolyn Wren, TAILS OF WINTHROP HALL
1st RUNNER UP: Seana Kelly, SANCTUARY
2nd RUNNER UP: J. Keely Thrall*, SERIOUS MOONLIGHT

Romantic Elements
WINNER: Jennifer McKeone*, FENIAN RAM
1st RUNNER UP: Julie Cameron, PERMANENT PLUS ONE
2nd RUNNER UP: Tracy Hewitt Meyer*, THE REFORMATION OF MARLI MEADE

Romantic Suspense
WINNER: Sharon Wray*, LET THE HEAVENS FALL
1st RUNNER UP: Celia Kaden, PERFECT COVER
2nd RUNNER UP: Masha Levinson*, TRIAL RUN

Series Contemporary
WINNER: Kimberly MacCarron*, WHAT WOULD GINGER DO
1st RUNNER UP: Kimberly MacCarron*, LOVE IN THE TIME OF EBOLA
2nd RUNNER UP: Jenny Redford, BURIED TREASURE
3rd RUNNER UP: Seana Kelly, HIGHER LEARNING
4th RUNNER UP: Karen Muir, UNDERCOVER NANNY

Single Title
WINNER: Renee Ann Miller, WHEN ONE KISS ISN’T ENOUGH
1st RUNNER UP: Kimberly MacCarron*, DARE TO GRASP THE THORNS
2nd RUNNER UP: Angelina Lopez*, THE BILLIONAIRE PRINCE
3rd RUNNER UP: Evie Owens*, SAY MY NAME

Young Adult
WINNER: Christine Gunderson*, SOREN’S RESISTANCE
1st RUNNER UP: Lori Freeland, THE ACCIDENTAL BOYFRIEND
2nd RUNNER UP: Kimberly MacCarron*, UNMASKED
3rd RUNNER UP: Megan Macijauskas, THE BEEKEEPER

*Denotes a WRW member

Robin Covington
Marlene Awards Contest Chair