HOLT Medallion


The 2017 HOLT Medallion is now CLOSED.


Want to know where our entries come from?

The HOLT Medallion Award was named for VRW’s first elected president, Cynthia Holt, and serves as the acronym for Honoring Outstanding Literary Talent. In the early 1990s, there were several contests available to unpublished romance writers, but only a few recognizing the achievements of published writers in romantic fiction. The HOLT has been awarded annually since 1995.

Medallions are awarded to the authors whose books are selected by a panel of romance readers as the best in each of twelve categories.

Cast in pewter by a Virginia artisan, the medallion features a Dogwood blossom, the Virginia state flower, framed in a laurel wreath, the traditional emblem of victory. The flower rests on the pages of an open book representing the fiction we love to read and write. Above the wreath, a heart signifies the romance genre, and beneath it, a scroll with the inscription “HOLT.”

What makes the HOLT unique is our purpose of reflecting the actual marketplace. Judging panels are comprised only of avid romance readers who participate with enthusiasm and sincerity. They are looking for a good read, a book they would buy and an author they would follow. Their judging decisions reflect these inclinations. No editors, agents or writers are eligible to judge.

Eligible titles are romance novels, or novels with a strong element of romance, with a copyright date within the year preceding the competition (i.e., for the 2017 contest, books must have a 2016 copyright).

Click for Rules, Entry Form, Judging the HOLT, and Judges’ Application.

E-mail any questions to HOLTMedallion@gmail.com