Wednesday, September 16, 2015


We all love an excuse to dress up in our glad rags and enjoy a special event. The RoNA awards in March is one that every romantic novelist looks forward to attending. It's so exciting to watch and applaud as writers we admire accept awards for their novels. However, without entries there would be no awards event to attend.  Anne Stenhouse Graham has come along today to tell us more about the RoNAs and to remind us all to enter.

March 7
th 2016 will see many RNA members, agents and publishers gather in London’s glorious The Gladstone Library, Royal Horseguards for the presentation of the Association’s Annual Awards. By that time excitement will have been mounting. The publication of the shortlist earlier ensures that. Some rather nervous people will be assembled.
Last year's winners with special guest Barbara Taylor Bradford

However, Nicola Cornick and I hope to be a little more relaxed by then since you’ve all been very good and followed the rules/instructions/suggestions and made the deadlines.
Haven’t you?

The Awards recognise the effort of all our members. So if you’ve written the best contemporary, epic, historical, romantic comedy or young adult novel and it was published between 1st January and 31st December 2015, then consider submission, why don’t you? You know the adage - You’ve got to be in, to win.
Our outstanding achievement awards 2015 went to Jill Mansell and Carole Matthews

The RoNA Rose embraces the shorter novel where the focus of the book is on the relationship between the two central characters, and magazine serials. It shares the same dates as the others.
For the first time digital first books are eligible and because it’s the first time the dates are extended to include those books first published digitally between 1st January 2014 and 31st December 2015.

The magnificent Gladstone Library

The rules, submission buttons and all that sort of stuff are found on the website. Here:

Check it out - Sorry, but no title may be entered more than once.

The  Discipline of the Deadline:

We all, whatever we write, have deadlines and we’re very disciplined about meeting them. So that leads me to…

RoNA awards 2016

Closing Date 1st October 2015 for the 2016 Awards…

Is your entry on its way?

Anne Stenhouse Graham

Thank you, Anne (and Nicola). We hope you will both be kept very busy processing entries and we look forward to news of shortlisted books in 2016.

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Wendy's Writing said...

What a shame neither of my serials can be considered for the RoNA Rose award but I had to keep them below 30,000 words to be eligible for the NWS.

Jan Jones said...

But, Wendy, a full length published serial would make you eligible to be a full member of the RNA

Wendy's Writing said...

I know, Jan, but I wanted to take by novel through the RNA scheme to be able to have it looked at by the reader. If was a difficult choice.

Christina Hollis said...

I'd love to enter, but I can't find an address anywhere!

Sally Quilford said...

Christina, if you email the address on the entry forms, Anne will give you her address.