And the winner of the Romance Media Award for 2020 is…
Romance fiction: a massive but ‘largely invisible’ cultural export – Caitlin Fitzsimmons.
Published in the Sydney Morning Herald, 18 January 2020
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
- Danielle Binks, whose piece “It Takes a Village to Write Romance: The Surprising Rise of Collaborative Fiction” boldly went where no-one had gone before—right into the heart of a celebrated literary website.
- The Wheeler Centre’s “The F Word: Romance” with their YouTube podcast of the live stage discussion (featuring author Kate Bell, commentator Kat Mayo and academic Beth Driscoll) on feminism in romance.
- Danielle Binks, for her thorough examination of romance writers whose professional anonymity is compromised– ‘By Any Other Name: The Secret Lives of Romance Authors”
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.”
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