RITA®: Best Short Contemporary Series

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RWA seems to struggle with the title of this category, refining it every few years. The Contemporary category was one of initial categories created when RWA began giving out awards in 1982. The Contemporary Sweet category was introduced in 1983, partially replacing the Category Contemporary category. It is possible that this was the precursor to the Traditional category, introduced in 1984.

As RWA further refined its awards categories, it began to define romances by length. The Contemporary Under 65,000 words category was introduced in the 1984. The Short Contemporary name (or possibly Short Contemporary Category name) was introduced in the Golden Medallion competition in 1985. The category name was revived in 1999 and 2003. The category was renamed Short Contemporary Series in 1997. This appellation returned in 2002. In 2004, RITA® added "Best" to its title. In 2006, the category was called Best Short Contemporary Romance.