[[The Golden Hearts, for those of you who aren't part of Romancelandia, are the awards for unpublished manuscripts, and the RITAs are for published manuscripts. Both awards are judged by RWA volunteers in the initial round, and entries are not nominated from all available books. They must be placed in the contest by their authors (or publishers) along with a fee and enough copies to go around.]]
1) You requested your cross-genre manuscript be entered in the WTF category, and there isn't one. (But if there had been, you'd have gotten first place!)
2) Your judges were looking for something fresh and different--but the same. Your book was merely fresh and different.
3) Your synopsis was heavily embellished with the phrase, "And then some stuff happens."
4) Your synopsis ends with the phrase, "And all the stuff happened because a wizard did it."
5) The dollar bills you inserted between the pages of the print-out just didn't push your judges over the edge of meh.
6) The hero and heroine did not meet until page 7, causing 3 or more judges to mark it "Wrong Category" since it should have been in Novel with Strong Romantic Elements.
7) Several of your judges had the highly contagious but little-known disorder referred to in the vernacular as "upsidedown syndrome" and wrote "6" when they really meant "9".
8) You wished for health and happiness instead of a Golden Heart nomination when you blew out your birthday candles last year.
9) There was no heroine, only two heroes.
10) Who may or may not have been named Sam and Dean Manchester.
For the 13 Reasons Why Your Book Didn't Final in the RITAs, visit Beyond the Veil!