The Orange Rose Contest for Unpublished Writers & The Charlotte Award

The 2015 Orange Rose Contest

Winner is announced!

The Charlotte Winner is
Isley Robson The First Word (Contemporary Romance)

The 2015 winners were announced at the OCC-RWA Birthday Bash on October 10, 2015. Congratulations to all of the winners which you can find here. For a complete list of Top Finishers and Finalists click here.

Thank you to everyone who entered this year’s contest. 

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Thank you and we look forward to a fantastic 2016 contest. ~ 2015 Orange Rose Contest Committee

The Orange Rose Contest is entering its 32nd year! This storied contest has in its roster many finalists who are now published, such as Rita Winners Laura Drake and Tessa Dare and New York Times best-selling authors Allison Brennan, Judy Duarte, Susan Squires and Deborah Holland to name just a few. Why has the ORC enjoyed this level of success? It’s in large part due to the exceptional judges, both first round published author and final editor/agent judges, and our comprehensive score sheets.

Our top prize, the coveted Charlotte Award, is given in honor of long-time OCC member Charlotte Lobb, who passed away in 2013. Charlotte was a tireless volunteer and supporter of this chapter and its members, as well as a multi-published author of over 60 books. She was known for her generosity of spirit and great sense of humor. It is fitting that we present this top award to an unpublished writer in honor of Charlotte’s mentorship and encouragement of fledgling writers. One more thing, Charlotte herself was an Orange Rose finalist back in the day.

2015 Orange Rose Contest Committee

Jann Ryan
Maria Powers
Barb DeLong

You may contact the committee by using the contact form found on the contact tab. You may also email