The winners of our annual awards were announced on Saturday 12 August 2017 at a gala awards dinner during our ‘Love Gone Wild’ conference.
Highlights of the evening included inducting the incomparable Marion Lennox into our esteemed Hall of Fame, and the ever-popular Escape After Party.
Congratulations to all of our nominees and award winners. We are incredibly proud of the calibre of talent across RWA, and look forward to receiving entries for our 2018 season.
Ripping Start Award
3rd place – Tania Holland, Framed
2nd place – Tamar Sloan, Make It Count
3rd place – Bree Verity, The Unwilling Smuggler
2nd place – Tanya Kean, A Reckless Heart
3rd place – Miranda Morgan , The Dating Deal
2nd place – Sheridan Kent, Love’s Concerto
Little Gems Anthology – Onyx
Short list: Imelda Evans, Courtney Clark Michaels, Shannon McEwan, J. Kenneally, Rose Pearse, Heidi Catherine, Kal Colmer, Frances Dall’Alba, Fiona Greene, Jillian Jones, Caitlyn Lynch, Fiona Marsden, Jane Newton, Stella Quinn.
3rd place – Rose Pearse for Blind Date and J. Kenneally for Jewels of the Pharoah
2nd place – Shannon McEwan for What Mari Found
Spicy Bites Anthology – Tattoo
Short list: kristne Charles, Kerrie Starbuck, Josephine Brierly, Amy Rose Bennett, Dina Bridges, Audrey Fraser, Caitlyn Lynch, A. K. McInnes, Wren St. Claire, Nardia Sheriff, Lee-Ann Wallace.
3rd place – Josephine Brierly for The Nuances of Tattooed Love
2nd place – Wren St. Claire for The Girl with the Spiderweb Tattoo
Romance Media Award (ROMA)
Finalists: Penelope DeBelle and Hsu-Ming Teo
Valerie Parv Award
Finalists: Meg Quilty, Kali Anthony, Emily Michel, Fiona Marsden, Joanna Nell, Miranda Morgan.
Highly Commended: Meg Quilty, Kali Anthony, Fiona Marsden.
3rd place – Miranda Morgan for The Dating Deal
2nd place – Emily Michel for To Capture the Heart of a Pirate
3rd place – Jennifer Raines for Common Cause
2nd place – Janis Linford for A Most Perfect Invention
Emerald Pro Award
2nd place – P.A. Crake for Vexed
Lynne Wilding Meritorious Service Award
Nominees: Bronwyn Stuart, Erica Hayes, Leisl Leighton, Julie-Anne Carter, Emily Barlow, Lana Pechercyzk
RWA Hall of Fame
Ruby Novella Award
Finalists: Catherine Hein for Santa and the Saddler, Fiona Marsden for Swept Away, Anna Hackett for Unexplored.
Ruby Short Romance Award
Finalists: Madeline Ash for Breaking Good, Melanie Milburne for The Most Scandalous Ravensdale, Melanie Milburne for Unwrapping His Convenient Fiancé.
Ruby Long Romance
Finalists: Avril Tremayne for Escaping Mr. Right, Barbara Hannay for The Grazier’s Wife, Pamela Hart for The War Bride.
Ruby Romantic Elements
Finalists: Natasha Lester for A Kiss from Mr. Fitzgerald, Sarah Barrie for Legacy of Hunters Ridge, Kaye Dobbie for Mackenzie Crossing, Amy Andrews and Ros Baxter for Numbered.
Ruby Romantic Book of the Year
Finalists: Sarah Barrie for Legacy of Hunters Ridge, Natasha Lester for A Kiss from Mr. Fitzgerald, Amy Andrews and Ros Baxter for Numbered, Kaye Dobbie for Mackenzie Crossing, Anna Hackett for Unexplored, Pamela Hart for The War Bride, Avril Tremayne for Escaping Mr. Right, Barbara Hannay for The Grazier’s Wife, Catherine Hein for Santa and the Saddler, Melanie Milburne for Unwrapping His Convenient Fiancé, Madeline Ash for Breaking Good, Melanie Milburne for The Most Scandalous Ravensdale, Fiona Marsden for Swept Away.