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Gateway to the Best Contest 2016

2016 Gateway to the Best Finalists

Contemporary Single Title/Series
Final Judge:  Diana Stager, Editor, Evernight Publishing

*Murphy’s Secret by Becke Turner
Sweet Secrets by Karina Coldrick
The Candy Capers by Katie Barrett

Final Judge:  Kathryn Cheshire, Editor, Historical Team, Mills Boon/Harlequin

Love’s Whisper by Jeanine Englert
The Earl’s Perfect Invention by Janis Linford
An Improper Pursuit by Elinor Aspen

Romantic Suspense
Final Judge:  Tera Cuskaden, Editorial Director, Entangled Publishing

Beyond Paradise by Barbara Forlenza
Fickle Bitch by Philisha Stephens
Warrior Women: The Fall of Justice by Diana Munoz Stewart

Paranormal/Fantasy/Time Travel/Alternate Reality
Final Judge:  Stephanie Doig, Assistant Editor, Carina Press

One And One by E.E. Lawrence
The Twenty-Eighth Kiss by Michelle Joyce Bond
Desperate Sacrifice by Linda Schad

Women’s Fiction
Final Judge:  Kristine Swartz, Editor, Berkley

The Map With No Name by Kristin Judy
Resurrecting Lucy by Sarah Zettler
Mistress Suffragette by Vicky Oliver

New/Young Adult
Final Judge:  Megha Parekh, Editor, Grand Central Publishing

Lucky by Laura Cumbie
A Whisper of Death by Yanicke Forfang
The Break Up Instructions by Terra Rogerson


*Special congratulations to our Grand Prize Winner - Murphy’s Secrets by Becke Turner.  Becke has won a 2-hour session with writing coach Michael Hauge.


Thank you to all our contest entrants!  We appreciate your support of the Gateway contest and wish everyone all the best in their writing careers.

Final judging results will be announced around November 25, 2016.

All entrants should expect to see their score sheets returned by October 31, 2016.



The Grand Prize winner will receive a 2-hour coaching session with writing coach Michael Hauge (valued at $700), the Gateway Charm, and a certificate of achievement.

First, second, and third places are awarded in each category. 

First and second place winners in each category will receive:

  • A certificate of achievement
  • A one-year membership to MoRWA

Third place winners in each category will receive:

  • A certificate of achievement

** All information on this web page is subject to the Official Rules of this contest.