Best Banter Contest

Entry Period: August 1 - September 10 (Midnight EDT)

New in 2022 -

Only Two Categories, Discount on a Second Entry

Two romance categories:

Unpublished Author

Previously Published Author

A submission entry cannot be contracted, previously published, printed or posted. A "previously published author" is considered previously published, but the work submitted is new.

  • Finalists will have their work read and judged by a top industry agent and/or editor.
  • Finalists will receive a "Finalist" badge to display on their websites and social media pages.
  • Winners will receive a "Winner" badge to display on their websites and social media pages.
  • Winners will receive publicity on our social media accounts and RWA forums.

What Is Banter?


  1. the playful and friendly exchange of teasing remarks. "There was much singing and good-natured banter."


  1. talk or exchange remarks in a good-humored teasing way. "The men bantered with the waitresses."

For the purposes of this contest, banter is the back-and-forth dialogue between two or more characters. It doesn't need to be between the love interests; it can be a dialogue between secondary characters or a lead character with one or more secondary characters.

What Is Romance?

A romance contains a central love story with an emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending regardless of orientation, race, gender, religion or culture. This can include, but not limited to, LGBTQ+, erotica, paranormal, contemporary, historical, inspirational, etc


  • First-round judges are trained MMRWA members.
  • For any score given under three (3), judges are required to provide constructive feedback as to the reason for that score. Here is the scoresheet. 
  • Final round judges are agents and/or editors.
  • Judges' decisions are final.
  • Check out the frequently asked questions page.

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