We thank all finalists for their entries, which were exemplary in the romance genre and featured at least one main character from a traditionally marginalized background. As there was a two-way tie for second place and both entries reached a notably high judging score, these have earned an honorable mention.
2017 Kayak Author Award Winner
Lord of the Last Heartbeat by May Peterson
2017 Kayak Author Award Honorable Mentions
Accepted by Hudson Lin
Beyond Any Experience by Anne E. Terpstra