Hearts Through History Romance Writers

2022 Romance Through the Ages Finalists

Hearts Through History Romance Writers is happy to announce the finalists in the 2022 Romance Through the Ages Contest for unpublished manuscripts. Congratulations, Finalists! We would also like to thank all our 2022  first round judges.


Final Judge: Violetta Rand, Dragonblade Publishing

  1. The Viking and the Selkie by Joan Koster*
  2.  A Captive to Cordova by Andre Valle-Rosa
  3.  The Autumn Bride by Jennifer Mason

Colonial/Western/Civil War

Final Judge: Nancy Schumacher, Melange Books

  1. The Devil Among Us  by Lizzie Jenks
  2. Three Gallows by Lila Grange
  3. That Dickinson Girl by Joan Koster*


Final Judge: Erin Molta, Entangled Publishing

  1. Nine Sins by Annie R. McEwen*
  2. The Brewery Bargain by Esme Rose Cooper
  3. The Bargain Bride by Donna Maloy


Final Judge: Rachel Gilmer, Sourcebooks/Casablanca

  1. A Duke in the Hand by Kate Happ
  2. Impropriety by Ann Peterson
  3. The One You’re With by Kathryn Fuller

*Denotes double finalists

Post-Victorian/World Wars/Modern

Final Judge: Amy Stapp, Wolfson Literary Agency

  1. Selkie Bride by Jennifer Rupp
  2. Tamsin Lee and the Jaguar God  by Annie R. McEwen*
  3. A Gambling Woman by Ember Stokes


Final Judge: Sabrina Flemming, Grand Central Publishing

  1. Dark Night of the Ripper by Helen Pilz
  2. Woman in the Painting by Christina Boyd
  3. Somewhen by S.E. Dillinger

Young Adult Historical

Final Judge: Letty Mundt, Sourcebooks/Bloom Books

  1. The Chosen One by Christina Rich
  2. Much Ado about Something by Lynn Lovegreen
  3. The Loyal Traitor by Christine Trent
  4. The Cinderella Letters by Llewella Forgie

Legend—Most Memorable Lead Character

Final Judge: Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency

  1. “Ruth” from The Devil Among Us by Lizzie Jenks (CWW)
  2. “Cora” from A Duke in the Hand by Kate Happ (REG)
  3. “Anatu” from The Chosen One by Christina Rich (YAH)