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Romance Writers of Australia Inc
PO Box H120
Hurlstone Park
NSW 2193

0477 661 549

RWA is a volunteer run organisation. Whilst the RWA phone is checked regularly it is not checked every day. It is much faster to direct your media enquiry in an email to


RWA President

Romance Writers of Australia elects its executive committee annually.

Meet RWA President since 2014, Leisl Leighton.

I live in Melbourne with my two boys and my husband,two dogs, and a cat. I’m really close to my family (my sister is one of my best friends) and during the day I work at a YMCA as a swimming teacher and in admin and customer service (although my background is in theatre and performance). I came to writing as a way to cope with the stresses of my son’s premature birth and dealing with his ADHD and Sensory Integration Disorder. It has since become something I love to do and can’t conceive of there ever being a time when I won’t write. 

I was published for the first time in 2013 with Destiny and have a romantic suspense and a paranormal fantasy romance out with them.

I am thrilled to take on the position of President. After the last few years of huge changes, I am hoping this will be a year of consolidation and tweaking. I feel blessed to be surrounded by so many wonderful, talented people on committee.


The Romance Writers of Australia Inc formed in 1991 to promote romance writing in Australia and to help aspiring authors achieve publishing success. Back then, just eight writers banded together to find fellowship, professional development and to advance their careers.

Today our 700+ membership is not only Australia-wide, but includes writers from New Zealand, Singapore, the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe.

RWA Australia has become internationally recognised and respected by both category and mainstream publishers of romance – including such high profile houses as Harlequin Enterprises, Kensington, Avon Books, HarperCollins, and Random House.

RWA Australia’s mission today is the same as it was back in 1991: to promote excellence in romantic fiction; to help aspiring writers become published and published authors to maintain and establish their careers; and to provide continuing support for romance writers—whatever their genre—within the romance publishing industry.