Romance Media Award (ROMA) began in 2006 to recognise outstanding reporting of romance. Open to Australian print and electronic media for coverage focussing on some aspect of romance novels, romance writing, or romance publishing.

Romance Media Award

ROMA 2013Romance Writers of Australia recognises outstanding reporting of romance with its Romance Media Award (ROMA). Started in 2006, it is open to Australian print and electronic media for coverage focusing on some aspect of romance novels, romance writing, or romance publishing.Australian print, television, radio and digital media are eligible for the award. Qualifying articles, segments or programs must focus on some aspect of romance novels, romance writing, or romance publishing and must be published some time during the financial year prior to the RWA annual conference. Thus, articles considered for the 2016 ROMA must be published between 1/6/16 and 30/5/17.Nominations for the ROMA can come from any member of RWA or outside person. All entries are examined and a short list is prepared by the ROMA Committee. Send a letter and a copy of the article/segment/program to:Romance Writers of AustraliaROMA AWARD
PO Box H120
Hurlstone Park
NSW 2193or contact the ROMA Liaison at roma@romanceaustralia.com

ROMA Finalists 2016

Shortlisted are (in random order):

Past Winners

Shortlisted are (in random order)

Things No-one tells you about Romance Readers, Danielle Blinks, Daily Life

Romance Novel Explores FIFO Love, Stephanie Pegler, The West Australian

Interviews with authors at ARRA Convention, Evana Ho, Half a page of scribbled lines

And the winner is..

Danielle Binks on Fairfax Media’s women’s website DailyLife.com.au for her piece Things No One Tells You About Romance Readers 

Shortlisted are (in random order)

Anthony Funnell, of ABC Radio National for his moderation of the panel session “Learning From Romance,” featuring Helene Young, Amy Andrews and Sarah Wendell on the Weekend Arts program.

Anthony Funnell of ABC Radio National again, for his piece titled “Smart Bitches, Trashy Books: the women rewriting the rules around love and sex” on the Weekend Arts program.

Kat Mayo of Bookthingo on The Drum, on ABC Online, for her piece, titled “Dear columnists, romance fiction is not your bitch.”

And the winner is..

Kat Mayo of Bookthingo on The Drum, on ABC Online, for her piece, titled “Dear columnists, romance fiction is not your bitch.”

Shortlisted are (in random order)

Happily Ever After by John Affleck (Photos by Brendan Radke)– Gold Coast Bulletin

Ebooks Let Quirky Writers Shine by Anita Beaumont – Newcastle Herald, 11th January 2013

Playing The Field by Rosemary Neill – Weekend Australian, 15th September 2012

The Rise of Rural Erotica by Caroline Overington and Kerry Warren– The Australian Women’s Weekly, March 2013

And the winner is..

ROMA Award Winner – Happily Ever After by John Affleck (Photos by Brendan Radke)– Gold Coast Bulletin

Shortlisted are (in random order):

Feel the Love —Neil McMahon  The Age 

The Romance QueensSusan Horsburgh–The Australian Women’s Weekly

Lust For WordsMarie Christine Sourris–The Courier Mail 

Raging Romance— Emily McDonald –Townsville Eye

And the winner is..

ROMA Award Winner – The Romance QueensSusan Horsburgh–The Australian Women’s Weekly

(in order of publication/air date)

  1. ABC South Australia – Simon Royal reporter
    The Changing Face of Romance – August 28th 2010
  2. The West Australian – feature spread 
    Love woos the mighty dollar– September 27th 2010
  3. Cairns Post – Denise Carter journalist
    Respecting the Love– September 27th 2010
  4. ABC Townsville – Michael Clarke journalist 
    So you want to be a Romance Writer– October 20th 2010
  5. Style Magazine – Jennifer Burchall journalist 
    – October 28th 2010
  6. Cairns Community Radio – Beverly Blaauw host
    – Feb 12th 2011
  7. NY Journal of Books – Kate Cuthbert 
    Why I read Romance– Feb 17th 2011
  8. ABC Queensland – Mary Lou Stephens 
    Happy Valentines Day– May 22nd 2011
  9. The Courier Mail – David Gilchrist 
    Passion by the Pageful– May 2011

And the winner is..

ROMA Award Winner – Simon Royal – ‘The Changing Face of Romance’ 28/08/2010

Romance Writers of Australia, Inc. (RWA) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2010 ROMA (Romance Media Award). The award is for the best media coverage of romance writing in Australia.

Both print and electronic media are eligible. Qualifying articles or programs must focus on some aspect of romance novels, romance writing, or romance publishing and must be published some time during the financial year prior to the RWA annual conference. Thus, articles considered for the 2010 ROMA must be published between 1/7/09 and 30/6/10.

The finalists (in no particular order) are: 

Thrills and boom in writing racy reads, Deborah Bogle, The Daily Telegraph

Romance a career for local author, Adelaide hills Weekender

My Secret Art Life: Romance Writer, Robert Hayward, Art Nation, ABC Arts & Entertainment

Feminists read between loins, Kate Emery, The West Australian

Rewriting Mills & boom, Sarina Talip, The Canberra Times

ROMA Winner 2010

My Secret Art Life: Romance Writer,
Robert Hayward, Art Nation, ABC Arts & Entertainment

“I really enjoyed making this piece, and am happy that both Alison and the RWA understood the spirit in which it was made. We tried to have a bit of fun, but simultaneously  show the dedication and craft that go into writing romance. Of course, Alison was the ideal character to help us achieve these aims.” 
Robert Hayward.

Four articles were shortlisted for the 2009 ROMA and were displayed at the 2009 annual RWAconference.
The winners were announced at the Annual RWA Awards Dinner on Saturday 15th August, 2009 at the Citigate Sebel Hotel in Brisbane, and a press release sent out.

The winners were  Lisa Chant & Michelle McLochlan  of  The Weekender,  Sunshine Coast Publishing Pty. Ltd. ( 22/1/ 2009)  “True Romantic”

The ROMA 2009  Finalists: (in no particular order) were: 
1)   (TV): Evelyn Ek  ( Segment Producer)  Kim Watkins, Steven Quartermain (presenters)  9am with David and Kim, Channel 10   Friday 8th May 2009 “Interview with Anne Gracie”
2) (Print) Lisa Chant & Michelle McLochlan of The Weekender Sunshine Coast Publishing Pty. Ltd. ( 22/1/ 2009)  “True Romantic”
3)  (Print) Margaret Burin Williamstown Advertiser , 21/1/09 “Novel Way to Woo Readers.”
4)  (Print)  Fiona Purdon The Courier Mail, Brisbane 19/07/09 “Fans Thirsty for Blood.”

Eight articles were shortlisted for the 2008 ROMA and were displayed at the 2008 annual RWAconference.
The winner was announced at the Annual RWA Awards Dinner on Saturday 23rd August, 2008 in Melbourne, and a press release sent out.

The winner was:
Martin King, (A Current Affair ) for the interview he did with Ally Blake, aired on Thurs 27th December 2007

ROMA 2008 Finalists: (in no particular order) are:

1) Belle TaylorThe West Weekend Magazine (the West Australian Newspapers) “The Language of Love” article 17 May 2008
2) Sarah-Jane Burton That’s Life! Special. “Recipe For Fiction” Summer 2008
3) Lou Robson The Sunday Mail. “Renouf My Pulp Fiction Pinup” Dec 16th 2007
4) Kate CuthbertThe Courier-Mail, Brisbane. “Recognition for the Romantics in Us All” August 25-26, 2007
5) Martin King, Interview with Ally Blake for A Current Affair Thurs 27th December 2007
6) Claire Low Canberra Times. “Reaffirming Romance Joins Final Fantasies”
7) Jane Sullivan – The Age. “Remember to Pack Writing Paper” November 24 2007
8) Nicholas Price, Series Producer, Jennifer Byrne Presents ABC TV. Tuesday June 24th 2008

Winner ~ Kate Cuthbert, The Courier-Mail,

Runner-up ~ Nerida Blok, The Northern Star (Weekender)

An honorable mention to:
Judith Johnson, RWA member who decided to go all out to promote better understanding of romance writing in her local community, resulting in a major full-page spread.

Judges’ comments:
The winner was chosen because the journalist has brought her in-depth knowledge of romance publishing and the romance writing community to a wide general audience, demonstrating over time the huge variety and range of fiction that is romance, and thereby challenging assumptions about the genre.

The eight articles shortlisted for the 2007 ROMA were:

1)  Sian Briggs , Sunday Times magazine, March 2007, Two of Us

2)  Linda Smith, The Mercury, Hobart,  “Love in the Royal a bestseller.” Feb 15th 2007.

3)   Kate Cuthbert, The Courier-Mail, Brisbane. The fortnightly  “Romance” series of articles

4)  Jane Sullivan, The Age , Melbourne. “A vampire ripped my bodice” Feb 10th 2007.

5)  Harriet Spooner, Mandurah Mail ,  “Award for romance writer” August 24th 2006,

6) Nerida Blok, The Northern Star (Weekender), “Romancing the Pen” Nov. 25th 2006

7) Nelina Choahan – the Tweed Daily News, “Love, Sex and passion…tools of a romance writer” August 19th 2006

8) Lisa Symonds, The Courier, Sth Australia, August 30th 2006 “Hills writer has hot topics