The contest will open for entries on March 1, 2023!

The National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award (NERFA) aims to recognize and bring attention to the best romance fiction each year.

You must submit a separate entry form for each book you wish to enter.

Note: Scores will not be forwarded to the authors. All PDF submissions will be deleted from our servers the following year.

To enter, please fill out the form below, attach your PDF and pay the $40 entrance fee. When you hit the “Submit and Pay” Button you should be taken directly to PayPal to process your payment. We will email you confirmation on receipt of both within 48-72 hours.

Payment of the entry fee must be received no later than March 31, 2023. Pay the fee after filling out the entry form.


NERFA Registration

Registration for Authors Entering the 2023 NERFA Contest (for books published in 2022).

  • Legal Name
  • Legal Name
  • If a pseudonym is used, this will appear in the Romance Writers Report (RWR) announcement instead of the author’s legal name.
  • If not the author.
  • Works under 40,000 words must be entered in the Novella category, regardless of sub-genre.
  • Chose the heat level that best fits your entry.
  • Only one book may be entered here. Please complete a separate entry form for each book.

    ***File name must be in the following format.***
    CC = 2 letter category code (CR, HR, RS, SR, YA, MF, RN)
    Title= Book title with no spaces
    Author = last name of author (pen name)

    Submitting grants permission to forward to up to five judges (six judges if entering Best First Book).
    Accepted file types: pdf, Max. file size: 10 MB.
  • Books MUST have a copyright date of 2022. To enter more than one manuscript you will need to use separate forms for each entry.
  • Additional $5 fee for Best First Book category. Note: please send one additional copy of booksto enter this category.
  • Important! Your entry is not valid until payment is made.
  • Please enter the email address for your paypal account to help us match your entry to your payment.