Joyce Henderson Contest 2016 Finalists

Southwest Florida Romance Writers

The Joyce Henderson Contest

2016 Finalists
Congratulations to our 2016 contest finalists!

Final Judges:
Editor- Sue Grimshaw, Random House/Loveswept
Agent- Nalini Akolekar, Spenser Hill Agency

  • EX, EX, OH ~ Kelli Newby
  • Homecoming ~ Jo Anne Banker
  • Running From A Rock Star ~ Jami Albright

Final Judges:
Editor- Lee Lawless, Tor/Forge Publishing
Agent- Dawn Dowdle, BlueRidge Literary Agency

  • Dangerous Moonlight ~ Sha Laviolette
  • Scandalous ~ Sha Laviolette
  • The Red Parrot ~ Lisa Marie Wilkinson

Young Adult
Final Judges:
Editor- Mary Altman, Sourcebooks
Agent- Sara Megibow, KT Literary

  • An Exchange Student’s Guide to Love & Legends ~ JoAnn Sky
  • Covenant Park ~ Christine Gunderson
  • The Girl with the Sun on Her Heart ~ Denise Trowbridge

Romantic Suspense (tie)
Final Judges:
Editor- Junessa Viloria, Random House Publishing
Agent- Jessica Waterson, Dijkstra Agency

  • Blood Like Mercury ~ Jacqueline Himmel
  • Steele Justice ~ Michele Dunaway
  • The Bone House ~ Liah Penn
  • Voice for the Dead ~ Stacy Woodson

Paranormal/Science Fiction/Fantasy
Final Judges:
Editor- Georgia Woods, Hartwood Publishing

Agent- Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency

  • Rule Breakers Soul Takers ~ Jacqueline Himmel
  • The Story-Teller ~ Diana Admire
  • The Twenty-Eighth Kiss ~ Michelle Joyce Bond


Final Judges:
Editor- Susan Brower, Gilead Publishing
Agent- Julie Gwinn, Seymour Agency

  • Fair Haven ~ Laura Kestner
  • 15 Days ~ Rebekah Millet
  • Judgment Between the Rivers ~ Marie Coutu