2009 Golden Pen Winners

Series Contemporary — Final Judge:  Susan Litman, Editor, Harlequin

  • Golden Pen Winner:  Susanne Frost,  Watch Them Die *
  • Second Place:  Sylvia McDaniel, The Wanted Bride
  • Third Place:  Jan Schliesman, Kira’s Keeper

Single Title — Final Judge:  Jennifer Enderlin, Executive Editor, St. Martin’s Press

  • Golden Pen Winner:  Tamra Baumann,  Rogue Angel
  • Second Place:  Candis Lynn Terry, Drive Me Crazy
  • Third Place:  Brenda Hammond,  Owe My Love

Historical — Final Judge:  Leis Pederson, Associate Editor, Berkley

  • Golden Pen Winner:  Elisa Beatty, The Devil May Care *
  • Second Place:  Yvonne Cook,  Love Never Lies *
  • Third Place:  Laura Williams, The Devil’s Mistress

Paranormal — Final Judge:  Kerry Donovan, Associate Editor, NAL

  • Golden Pen Winner:  Tracy St. Hilaire,  Thirty *
  • Second Place:  Barbara Cool Lee,  Raven’s War
  • Third Place:  Jean A. Therkelsen,  Demons in Dixie

Romantic Suspense — Final Judge:  Megan McKeever, Associate Editor, Pocket Books

  • Golden Pen Winner:  Laura Williams, The Russian Seduction
  • Second Place:  Kathy Lane,  Sniper Shots
  • Third Place:  Molly Herwood,  Return to Mist Mountain

Inspirational — Final Judge:  Melissa Endlich, Senior Editor, Steeple Hill Love Inspired

  • Golden Pen Winner:  Keli Gwyn,  Violets and Violins
  • Second Place:  Tina M. Radcliffe,  Promises To Keep
  • Third Place:  Mary Manners,  Light The Fire

Mainstream w/Strong Romantic Elements — Final Judge:  Valerie Gray, Executive Editor, Mira

  • Golden Pen Winner:  Linda Lovely, Degrees of Death
  • Second Place:  Grace R. Greene, Kincaid’s Hope
  • Third Place:  Maureen McGowan, Switching Sides

Young Adult — Final Judge:  Kari Sutherland, Ass’t Editor, HarperCollins Children’s Books

  • Golden Pen Winner:  Lisa Desrochers,  Personal Demons
  • Second Place:  Shoshana Brown,  Squeaky Clean
  • Third Place:  Sheri Adkins, The Dead Guy Downstairs

* Denotes requested full from editor

Thank you to all our volunteer coordinators, judges, and the editors for their time!  Look for information on our 2010 Golden Pen Contest coming in late spring.

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