The R♥BY

The Romantic Book of the Year Award, or Ruby, is our premier award and the only one of its kind in Australia. Judged by Australian readers and writers, this contest is open each year to any Australian or New Zealand author who has published a romance or romantic elements book.

The contest categories for the 2020 contest by sub-genre, and these are: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Historical, Speculative Fiction (including sci-fi, paranormal, fantasy, etc.), and Romantic Elements (including women’s fiction).  If any one category does not reach a minimum of 15 entries, entrants in that category can choose an alternative category to be judged in.

In 2020 we will also be including a new category for novellas.  Authors have the choice of entering a novella into either the general novella category, or the sub-genre category.  As with the sub-genres, if the minimum of 15 entries is not reached, entrants can choose an alternative category to be judged in.

This competition has both digital (ebook) and print entries. If you are a reader of romance and would like to be a judge for this competition, please contact  

Last years and previous winners can be seen here.

The Ruby 2020 is for romantic novels (40K+) and novellas (10K–40K), written by Australian or New Zealand authors, which were first published (in digital or print) between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2019.

Opens: 16 December 2019
Closes: 2 February 2020. Or, once we reach 300 entries.


  • Contemporary Romance
  • Romantic Suspense
  • Historical
  • Speculative Fiction (including sci-fi, paranormal, fantasy, etc.)
  • Romantic Elements (including women’s fiction)
  • Novella (all sub-genres)

Entry fees: $55 (RWA members) $165 (non-member)

A Ruby will be awarded for the highest scoring book in each section.

Entry limits: 3 entries per person (that means per human being, not per pseudonym).

The 2020 Ruby rules/conditions can be downloaded HERE

All entrants will be entering the Ruby online:

  • If your book has a digital (ebook) edition, submit digital files with your online entry form. You will need .epub, .mobi (Kindle) and/or .pdf files. Please upload as many of these formats as you have available.
  • If your book doesn’t have a digital edition (or the digital edition cannot be uploaded), you can submit print copies by post – but still fill out the entry form online.

All entrants may be required to judge 1 or 2 books. See the Ruby rules for details – entrants will receive instructions on judging once the contest is under way. It’s easy and fun!

Queries – Contact the Contest Coordinator, Sarma Burdeu

Entries for this contest closed at 11.59 pm on 2 February 2020