Stiletto Contest

2012 Get Your Stiletto in the Door Contest!

And the winners of the 2012 Stiletto Contest …

1) Would I Lie to You? by Renata Hill (Request for Full)
2) Murder, Curlers, and Cruises by Arlene McFarlane
3) Murder, Curlers, and Canes by Arlene McFarlane

1) Divide and Conquer by Pamela Palmer (writing as Carmen Fox) — 3RD PLACE LOUBOUTIN AWARD
2) Alive Like Fire by Kristina Perez (Request for Partial)
tie 3) Dark Bringer by Mia Celeste (writing as Brenda Nelson-Davis) (Request for Partial)
3) Dark Conquest by Christina Gulke

1) A Marrying Man by Jennifer Marcoullier — 2ND PLACE LOUBOUTIN AWARD (Request for Full)
2) New Thirty by Amanda Martinez — 1ST PLACE LOUBOUTIN AWARD (Request for Partial)
3) It’s Not My Thighs, It’s Just Bad Lighting by Vicki Wilson (Request for Partial)

1) The Day The Merry-Go-Round Stopped by Orly Konig-Lopez
2) Nick & Cathy and Roxanne by Marsha Nuccio (Request for Full)
3) Dashboard Buddah by Amanda Martinez

1) Deflowered by Bonnie Staring
2) Warwick Hall by Kristina Perez (Request for revised Partial)
3) The New Black by Deborah Brada (Request for Full)

Congratulations to the winners of the 8th Annual Get Your Stiletto
in the Door Contest!!!

Read Testimonials from Past Stiletto Finalists!

The Stiletto Contest values diversity. We welcome entries with characters from all racial backgrounds, religious groups, and sexual orientations.

Category Descriptions

Single Title (Contemporary, Contemporary Series): If your heroine, like Bridget Jones, reveals her innermost fears and unsightly blemishes on the way to self-acceptance, she’ll fit in with the classics of the genre. (Think: Too Good to Be True by Kristan Higgins, Easy on the Eyes by Jane Porter)

Women’s Fiction (Mainstream): Finding a dreamy man isn’t the only challenge women face. If your central plot revolves around another obstacle in your heroine’s life–with romance on the side–she’ll be at home in this category. 
(Think: Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin, Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella)

Note: Trying to figure out the difference between Single Title and Women’s Fiction (Mainstream)?  Single Title entries are romance-focused and will usually have the happily-ever- after ending.  Women’s Fiction is less about the romance and more about the journey through life.

Mystery/Suspense (Suspense, Mystery, Thriller): If your heroine’s primary goal is to solve a mystery, track the bad guy, or escape the villain, she belongs in this category.  (Think: Living La Vida Lola by Misa Ramirez, Sex Murder and a Double Latte by Kyra Davis)

Paranormal (Paranormal, Fantasy, Time Travel): If you built another world as the background for your ghost-hunting, spell-casting, time-traveling heroine, your manuscript will fit into this category. (Think: Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson, Midnight at Casa Dracula by Marta Acosta)

Young Adult: It’s less about the boys; more about the poise.  If your teen heroine is sassy, classy, and has wit to spare, she’ll fit in right here.  (Think: Lifted by Wendy Toliver, Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot)

Final Round Slate Judges for 2012:

Single Title:

Agent: Chelsea M. Gilmore, Maria Carvainis Agency

Editor: Laura Fazio, Penguin

E-Publisher: Jennifer Miller, Samhain

Women’s Fiction:

Agent: Victoria Sanders, Victoria Sanders & Associates

Editor: Emily Beth Rapoport, Berkley

E-Publisher: Kimberlee Williams, Vanilla Heart Publishing


Agent: Bernadette Baker-Baughman, Victoria Sanders & Associates

Editor: Kathleen Gilligan, St. Martin’s Press

E-Publisher: Raelene Gorlinsky, Ellora’s Cave


Agent: Amy Boggs, Donald Maass Literary Agency

Editor: Ann Leslie Tuttle, Harlequin

E-Publisher: Abby Rose, Lyrical Press

Young Adult:

Agent: Mary Kole, Andrea Brown Literary Agency

Editor: Aubrey Poole, SourceBooks

E-Publisher: Nicole Langan, Tribute Books

Louboutin Stiletto Award:

Agent: Lois Winston, Ashley Grayson Literary Agency


Previous Stiletto Contest Winners


Entrants warrant they have read the rules and guidelines governing the Get Your Stiletto in the Door—Unpublished Division Contest and attest to their eligibility. They understand that judging is subjective and agree to abide by these rules and accept the decisions of the judges and contest coordinators as final.

They agree to hold harmless the ChickLit Writers of the World RWA® Chapter #204, the contest coordinators, and contest judges for any and all disputes arising from this contest or from circumstances beyond their control.


Please contact the Overall Contest Coordinator: Elle Filz