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The Washington Romance Writers chapter of the Romance Writers of America is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Marlene Contest for unpublished romance:

Historical
WINNER:  Jeanine Englert, LOVE’S WHISPER (partial manuscript request)
1st RUNNER UP:  Sarah Cassetta, THE RESCUE OF LORD GRANGE
2nd RUNNER UP:  Alyssa Roberts, SAVING THE DUKE’S BABY*

Romantic Elements
WINNER:  Nicole Pouchet, THE B-SHARP LIFE
1st RUNNER UP:  Misha Crews, THAT SECRET SPRING*
2nd RUNNER UP:  Deb Merino, SCRATCH LINE

Romantic Suspense
WINNER: SB Woodson, VOICE FOR THE DEAD*
1st RUNNER UP: JJ Beall, FOUR*
2nd RUNNER UP: Lori Matthews, SMASH AND GRAB*
3rd RUNNER UP: JJ Beall, SCANDAL*

Series Contemporary
WINNER:  Jessie Gussman, WHAT HE WANTS
1st RUNNER UP:  Christine Gallimore, THE DEVIL YOU KNOW
2nd RUNNER UP:  Tracy Hewitt Meyer, WILDFLOWER RIDGE*

Single Title
WINNER:  Lori Matthews, HIT AND RUN*
1st RUNNER UP:  Anna Sharma, FIGHTING HEARTS
2nd RUNNER UP:  Barbara J. Heintz, SECRETS IN THE WALLS

Young Adult
WINNER:  Kimberly MacCarron, ALL THE FEELS*
1st RUNNER UP:  Christine Gunderson, COVENANT PARK*
2nd RUNNER UP:  Jennifer Dyer, THE DONOR

*Denotes a WRW member

Robin Covington
Marlene Awards Contest Chair