The R♥BY

Our Finalists for 2020 have been announced! Read about these amazing entries on our blog here…

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 2021 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).  Due to the popularity of the Novella category introduced in 2020, authors also have the option to enter a novella into the sub-genre for their novella, or a general novella category.

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.

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  

Current and previous winners can be seen here.

The Ruby 2021 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 2020 and 31 December 2020.

Opens: 14 December 2020 – 1700 AEST
Closes: 18 January 2020 – 1700 AEST  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 2021 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

This contest opens at 1700 AEST, Monday 14 December 2020