Awards News

Last night at the RWA 2013 Riding the Waves Conference, those attending enjoyed a wonderful champagne and chocolates (and dessert!) awards gala.

We celebrated a fine crop of blue ‘first sale’ ribbons, and had the opportunity to clap and cheer for the winners of the Little Gems, High Five, First Kiss, Selling Synopsis and STALI awards.  (All of these have been announced during the year.  If you would like to revisit the winners, you can search for the posts by contest name on this blog.)

Then we moved onto the awards that are saved for the big reveal at the conference each year; The Valerie Parv Award, The Emerald, the ROMA, The (brand new) Ella, The Ruby, the Lynne Wilding Meritorious Service Award and the Life Membership Award.

If you are on Twitter, you probably heard the results last night, but if you aren’t, or if you chose an early night over satisfying your curiosity, let us put you out of your misery right now.

The Valerie Parv Award
Highly Commended:
Jo Fereday – A Hero in Handcuffs
Alison Van Vreumingen – The Lost Princess of Rhaia
4th Place: C. T. Green – Onyx
3rd Place: Chris Taylor – The Predator
2nd Place: Jo McAlister – The Bright Side of the Moon
1st Place: Michelle Somers – Lethal in Love


The Emerald Award

Emerald Category Section:
Winner: Dorothy Bramich – A Dance with the Laird

Emerald Single Title:
3rd Place: Erin Moira O’Hara – The Italian Connection
2nd Place: Amy Rose Bennett – Capturing the Master of Strathburn
1st Place: Chris Taylor – The Profiler


The Lynne Wilding Meritorious Service Award
Alison Ahearn
Anita Joy
Margaret Midwood
Kerrie Ptolemy
Dana Scully

Recipient: Dana Scully


The Romance Media Award (ROMA)
There was a great standard in this year’s entries, which was very pleasing.  Make sure you let us know if you see good coverage of romance in the media!
Happily Ever After
by John Affleck – The Gold Coast Bulletin


Life Member Award
Our wonderful new life member, for services rendered to RWA is:
Bronwyn Jameson


The Ella Award
Brand new this year, this is an award for a novella by a published writers.
Kelly Hunter – Wish
Danielle Lisle – The Rose’s Bloom
Margareta Osborn – The Bush Christmas

Winner: Carolyn Wren – The Diplomat’s Daughter


The Ruby Award (Romantic Book of the Year)

The Ruby for Short Sweet Romance:
Madeline Ash – Uncovered by Love
Fiona Lowe – Newborn Baby for Christmas
Alison Roberts – Sydney Harbour Hospital: Zoe’s Baby

Winner: Emily Forbes – Sydney Harbour Hospital: Bella’s Wishlist

The Ruby for Short Sexy Romance:
Yvonne Lindsay – A Forbidden Affair
Melanie Milburne – Enemies at the Altar
Anne Oliver – The Morning After the Wedding Before

Winner: Nicola Marsh – Marrying the Enemy

The Ruby for Long Romance
Anne Gracie – Bride by Mistake
Helen Lacey – Marriage Under the Mistletoe
Sarah Mayberry – More Than One Night

Winner: Stephanie Laurens – The Lady Risks All

The Ruby for books with Romantic Elements
Elise K. Ackers – Small Town Storm
Fiona McCallum – Wattle Creek
Helene Young – Burning Lies

Winner: Tricia Stringer – Queen of the Road

Thank you to all of our volunteer judges, our industry judges, our contest and judge co-ordinators for all their hard work in making our contest season happen.  Thanks too to the conference organisers and sponsors who make our conference and awards night possible!

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  1. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists. Well done!

  2. Sounds like a fabulous night was had by all. Congratulations to the finalists and to the winners. Love the conference logo!

  3. Congratulations! A fabulous night 🙂

  4. A wonderful list of worthy winners and nominees. Thanks to Kylie Griffin for being my body double at the VPA announcements, awesome job.

  5. Thank you! I cannot tell you how thrilled I am with my Ella trophy. Its so beautiful. It will sit in pride of place next to my 2012 Category Emerald trophy!

  6. Ciongratulations to all the deserving finalists and winners. It was the night of nights! Woo hoo!

  7. I meant ‘congratulations’.

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