Congratulations to all the winners of our two YARWA 2017 contests: the Athena and the Rosemary, both of which award Excellence in Young Adult & New Adult Fiction.

2017 Rosemary Contest

Contemporary Category

  • 1st place – The Secrets We Keep, Mia Gould
  • 2nd place – Saving Sophie, Debbie Schrack
  • 3rd place – Things Better Not Heard, Lea Kelsall

Historical Category

  • 1st place – Kings Deceit, Clara Sawson
  • 2nd place – Engineering Kit Sinclair, Lana Pattinson
  • 3rd place – An Adagio Dark and Lovely, Maria Herbert-Leiter

New Adult Category

  • 1st place – Risking Riley, Tara Harlow
  • 2nd place – Twist of Fate, Marty Mayberry
  • 3rd place – More Than Chemical, Leanne Farella

Paranormal Category

  • 1st place – Awakening The Blades, Alexia Chantel
  • 2nd place – In Her Own Skin, Bronwen Fleetwood
  • 3rd place – The Dead of the Night, Shannon Curtis

Speculative Category

  • 1st plave – Petals and Runes, Elizabeth Menozzi (tie for first)
  • 1st place – Sunscorched, Jen Crane (tie for first)
  • 2nd place – The Seventh Sun, Lani Forbes



2018 Rosemary Contest

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Athena Contest 2017

Contemporary Category

  • 1st place – All Laced Up, Erin Fletcher (tie for first)
  • 1st place – Holding Court, K.C. Held (tie for first)
  • 2nd place – Guyliner, J. Leigh Bailey
  • 3rd place – The Replacement Crush, Lisa Brown Roberts

Paranormal Category

  • 1st place – True Born, L.E. Sterling
  • 2nd place – Glisten, Tricia Cerrone
  • 3rd place – Shadow, Christi Whitney

New Adult

  • 1st place – Beyond the Stars, Stacy Wise
  • 2nd place – Floating Loose, Jill Beck
  • 3rd place – The Wheel Mages, Aimee Davis

Best First Book

  • Holding Court, K.C. Held

The 2018 Athena Contest
for Excellence in Published Young Adult & New Adult Fiction

Enter this year’s contest!

Contest enrollment opens January 2, 2018. CLICK HERE to learn more

Thank you to all who entered the contest, our enthusiastic judges, and our dedicated coordinators.

Monica Jones
Athena Contest Coordinator


Mary Karlik
Rosemary Contest Coordinator