"Some people may wonder why we have so many awards and so many categories as compared to RWA (Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards). The simple answer is because we have many more books to consider. ALL the books we review in RT, which is well over 3,000 titles in 16 genres, are eligible. Unlike the RWA awards, where the only books considered are the ones that are physically submitted to them, we consider ALL the books reviewed in RT in a given year—a much larger number to choose from. Also for the RITA Awards there’s a fee to submit a book ($40 for members and $80 for non-members) and submissions are closed after they reach a limit of 1,200 books—which means anyone who is late is not eligible. There are no limits to how many books we consider.
"We feel it’s our responsibility to honor the many outstanding books and authors, because if we don’t, who will? Would the category/series books get much attention elsewhere? How about the plethora of subgenres and e-books, small press and now self-published books? There is no fee to enter and no cap on how many are considered. The only requirement is that the books were reviewed in RT and that our expert reviewers have selected them as the best in their various categories.
"The winners will be announced at the RT convention in Chicago April 13, 2012, and will also appear in the June issue of RT. Good luck to all of the finalists!"
Bound by Night, Amanda Ashley
Archangel's Blade, Nalini Singh
Twilight Fulfilled, Maggie Shayne
Urban Fantasy Protagonist
Green-Eyed Demon, Jay Wells
Shadowfever, Karen Marie Moning
My Life as a White Trash Zombie, Diana Rowland
Absolutely, Positively, Heather Webber
Urban Fantasy Novel
Paranormal Romantic Suspense