And the winner of the Romance Media Award for 2020 is…

Romance fiction: a massive but ‘largely invisible’ cultural exportCaitlin Fitzsimmons. 
Published in the Sydney Morning Herald, 18 January 2020

2020 Finalists:
I write romance because two things can save the world: love and books – Tanya Nellestein
Published in the Sydney Morning Herald, 6 February 2020

Romance fiction got us through the GFC and World War II. Here’s why it could help us during COVID-19 – Emma Noble and Sian Johnson
Published ABC News, 29 March 2020

Previous years’ winners:

2019 – Lauren Sams (ELLE Magazine) – “The New Romantics”

2018 – Libby-Jane Charleston (Huffington Post) article & podcast (1hr) “Romance Thriving in the Tinder Age

2017 – Hsu-Ming Teo – “Love and the Land: Early Australian Rural Romances”  AUSTRALIAN WOMEN’S HISTORY BLOG

2016 –

2015 – Danielle Binks on Fairfax Media’s women’s website DailyLife.com.au for her piece Things No One Tells You About Romance Readers 

2014 – Kat Mayo of Bookthingo on The Drum, on ABC Online,for her piece, titled “Dear columnists, romance fiction is not your bitch.”

2013 – Happily Ever After by John Affleck (Photos by Brendan Radke)– Gold Coast Bulletin

2012 – The Romance Queens–Susan Horsburgh–The Australian Women’s Weekly

2011 – Simon Royal – ‘The Changing Face of Romance’ 28/08/2010

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.

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

2008 – Martin King, (A Current Affair ) for the interview he did with Ally Blake, aired on Thurs 27th December 2007

2007 – Kate Cuthbert, The Courier-Mail

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.

2006 – Alexandra Carlton, Madison Magazine, November 2005 Feature Article