The Romantic Novelists' Association Awards
The Romantic Novelists' Association was set up in 1960 to encourage and support writers of romantic fiction. Bestselling author Katie Fforde is their current President.
The RNA Awards, also known as the RoNAs, have been presented since 1960. The overall Romantic Novel of the Year is selected from the winners of what are currently five categories: Contemporary Romantic Novel, Epic Romantic Novel, Historical Romantic Novel, Romantic Comedy Novel and Young Adult Romantic Novel. Winners are announced in March at a ceremony close close to Mothering Sunday, one of the peak periods for sales of romantic fiction.
There is also the Rose Award, previously called the Love Story of the Year, which is given to a shorter work, and the Harry Bowling Prize, given every two years to an unpublished work. The Katie Fforde Bursary is granted to a meber of the RNA's New Writers' Scheme whom Katie Fforde, the current President, feels has particular potential. The Joan Hessayon New Writers' Scheme offers editorial feedback to unpublished members' work. The Elizabeth Goudge Trophy was originally awarded to the Best Historical Novel of the Year, but is now presented at the RNA's Annual Conference.
Five authors have won the overall prize more than once. 2011's winner Jojo Moyes had previously won in 2004 and Rosie Thomas, Joanne Marshall (in consecutive years) and Maynah Lewis have also won twice. But Margaret Maddocks, an author whose books are now sadly entirely out of print, is the only author to have won three times, the last being in 1970.
Foyles' Head of Buying, Jasper Sutcliffe, was on the judging panel in 2003, when the Novel of the Year was won by Sarah Mason for Playing James and Foyles' web editor, Jonathan Ruppin, has been on the panel in 2012 and 2013.
On 16th May, Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan was declared the winner for 2013. To see the shortlists and a complete list of winners, visit the RNA website.
2013 Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year
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