Staff member's debut book is award finalist

Posted May 04, 2011

Karen Witemeyer, ACU's coordinator of University Testing, has been named a finalist in the Best First Book category of the 2011 RITA awards for her Christian romance novel, A Tailor-Made Bride.

The RITA awards are given by the Romance Writers of America (RWA), which recognizes excellence in published romance novels and novellas. The awards are named for RWA's first president, Rita Clay Estrada.

"This is a huge honor, as it is one of the most respected awards in the industry. Out of the nine finalists for this category, only two of us write for the inspirational market, so I feel especially privileged to be representing Christian fiction with my debut novel," said Witemeyer.

Up to 1,200 romance novels and novellas from 12 different categories are judged each year in the RITA competition. After the first round of judging by published romance authors, the competition narrows to approximately 100 finalists across all categories.

The 2011 RITA winners will be announced July 1 at RWA's annual national conference in New York City.

To see the complete list of finalists, check out the RWA website at For more information on A Tailor-Made Bride and Witemeyer's other books, visit her website.