The winners and finalists of the 2013 Marlene Contest are:

Judge: Leah Hultenschmidt, Sourcebooks
Critique Author: Kieran Kramer

Winner – Suzanne Turner, The Lost Chord (full manuscript requested)
1st Runner-up – Wendy LaCapra writing as Rebecca Lamb*, A Dangerous Desire (full manuscript requested)
2nd Runner-up – Frances Fowlkes, The Duke’s Obsession

Judge: Latoya Smith, Grand Central
Critique Author: Darynda Jones

Winner – Tracie Stewart, Bound by Fire  (full manuscript requested)
1st Runner-up – Christine Leo, The Sync
2nd Runner-up – Heather Leonard, Spellbound
3rd Runner-up – Carmen Fox, Divide and Conquer

Romantic Elements
Judge: Rhonda Helms, Carina Press
Critique Author: Mary Burton

Winner – Arlene McFarlane, Murder, Curlers, and Canes
1st Runner-up – Lauren Blake, Chasing Symmetry
2nd Runner-up – Carrie Christie, Unforgettable

Series Contemporary
This category did not meet the minimum number of entries required to run in 2013.

Single Title
Judge: Esi Sogah, Kensington
Critique Author: Susan Donovan

Winner – Alana Albertson, Love Waltzes In
1st Runner-up – Rebecca J. Clark, Love or the Game
2nd Runner-up – Cristin Harber*, Garrison’s Creed

Young Adult
Judge: Reka Simonsen, Harcourt Children’s Books
Critique Author: Alethea Kontis

Winner – Darcy Woods, Summer of Supernova
1st Runner-up – Pintip Dunn*, Fit to Die
2nd Runner-up – Gigi Orlowski, The Abolitionist’s Daughter

*WRW member

Congratulations to all of the winners and runners up!