RNA Awards

For just over fifty years, the Romantic Novelists’ Association has recognised and given awards for the very best in romantic fiction, with its ‘Romantic Novel of the Year’ and its ‘Love Story of the Year’ Awards. Further Awards for Romantic Comedy of the Year and Historical Novel of the Year were added in 2011 and in 2012, the Awards were further extended, restructured and renamed:

At the awards ceremony in March each year, SIX Awards are announced, comprising five RoNAs (Romantic Novel Awards)  and one RoNA Rose Award.

The five RoNAs are awarded to the winners of five specific categories of romantic novel, and the winning books, together with the winner of the RoNA Rose award, then go forward to a panel of judges who select an overall winner, who receives the Romantic Novel of the Year Award  and our lovely trophy. The RoNA Rose Award celebrates shorter/category romantic fiction and the winner recieves the Rose Bowl.

Each year, the RNA celebrates the best writing from among its own members with awards for both published and unpublished work. These awards are the Joan Hessayon New Writers’ Scheme Award, the Katie Fforde Bursary and the Elizabeth Goudge Trophy.

For latest information about the awards, please visit our News pages.

It's a fact

The first romantic novel with a happy ending was 'Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded', by Samuel Richardson, published in 1740. She marries the boss – eventually!