Joyce Henderson Contest 2017 Winners

Southwest Florida Romance Writers

The Joyce Henderson Contest


2017 Winners


Congratulations to our 2017 contest winners!

Contemporary (including Women’s Fiction)
Final Judges:
Editor: Lexi Smail, Grand Central Publishing
Agent: Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

1st: Fighter by Sarah Morgenthaler
2nd: Hills Are Alive by Kate Mackenzie
3rd: Pictures of You by M.C. Vaughn


Final Judges:
Editor: Robin Haseltine, Entangled Publishing
Agent: Julie Gwinn, The Seymour Agency

1st: Chasing Scandal by Leslie Knowles (Full Request, Robin Haseltine; Partial Request, Julie Gwinn)
2nd: Merely Players by Meg McNulty
3rd: Secrets and Smoke by Esme Rose Cooper (Partial Request, Robin Haseltine; Partial Request, Julie Gwinn)


Young Adult
Final Judges:
Editor: Jennie Conway, St. Martin’s Press
Agent: Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Literary Agency

1st: Mouthful by Christine Grissom (Full Request, Andrea Somberg)
2nd: Don’t Say a Word by Tracy Bilen
3rd: Me, Too by Courtney Berman


Romantic Suspense
Final Judges:
Editor: Georgia Woods, Hartwood Publishing
Agent: Erin Niumata, Folio Literary Management

1st: Beyond Paradise by Barbara Forlenza (Full Request, Georgia Woods)
2nd: Stay Hidden by Leigh Fleming (Full Request, Georgia Woods)
2nd: Written in the Scroll by Caroline Rhame


Paranormal/Science Fiction/Fantasy
Final Judges:
Editor: Nancy Schumacher, Melange Books
Agent: Michelle Grajkowski, 3 Seas Literary Agency

Mystic Rapture by Penelope Jiuditta
Survival by Laurie Ryan
 Three Days to Love by Celeste Deveney (Full Request, Nancy Schumacher)