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Passionate Ink is Erotic Romance Special Interest Chapter #207 of Romance Writers of America

The 2018 Passionate Plume Contest


The 13th Annual


for Published Works of Erotic and High Heat Romance

The contest is closed to entries for 2018.


*Works must be high-heat (spicy and erotic) romances of that category
**Novels are works of at least 40,000 words.

Judging and Prizes

First round will be judged by readers, writers, reviewers, booksellers and librarians. The top two scores are added to form the final score. The lowest score is dropped. Ties are broken using the dropped low score.

Final Round: The five category finalists will be judged by multi-published authors and reviewers. The decisions of the judges are final.

First place winners will receive a Passionate Ink pendant and an award graphic for their website. All others will receive certificates and a finalist graphic for their website. Winners will be announced at the Passionate Ink gathering at the RWA National Conference in Orlando. Results will be listed in Passionate Ink’s newsletter, on the website, as well as published in the ROMANCE WRITER’S REPORT.




  1. Contest is open to all high heat romance books published in 2017.
  2. All entries must be previously unpublished in any format prior to 2017 and must possess an original copyright date of 2017. (If the paperback format was released in 2016 and the ebook was released in 2017, 2016 would be the date of first publication and the book would be ineligible for Passionate Plume entry.)

General Rules

  1. It is the author’s responsibility to enter the book in the correct category. All clarifications as to category should be made prior to submission. Entries submitted in the wrong category, as determined by two or more judges, will be disqualified without refund. The judges’ decision is final.
  2. One novel cannot be entered in multiple categories, but multiple novels (up to three per category) are welcome if accompanied by the proper completed entry form and full entry fee.
  3. There must be a minimum of ten entries or the category will be canceled. If the minimum number of entries is not attained, entrants will be notified. The entrant will be asked to provide a second choice of categories. If the entrant does not wish to place the entry in another category, the entry and associated fees will be returned.
  4. Failure to comply with the rules will result in disqualification.
  5. Decisions of the Contest Coordinator are final.

Entry Fees

– Passionate Ink members: $25
– RWA members: $30
– Non-members: $35

Register for the Passionate Plume Contest **The contest is now closed for 2018.