I’m delighted to announce the finalists for the 2015/16 ROMA Award (below). The ROMA (Romance Media Award) began in 2006 to recognise outstanding reportage of romance. It is open to Australian print/broadcast/online media for coverage focusing on some aspect of romance publishing or writing (or reading as we discovered last year!) The contest is judged independently by a panel with communications, journalism and/or media experience and final scores averaged to determine the winner (thank you judges!).
In no particular order, those finalists are:
- Danielle Binks, whose piece “It Takes a Village to Write Romance: The Surprising Rise of Collaborative Fiction” boldly went where no-one had gone before—right into the heart of a celebrated literary website.
- The Wheeler Centre’s “The F Word: Romance” with their YouTube podcast of the live stage discussion (featuring author Kate Bell, commentator Kat Mayo and academic Beth Driscoll) on feminism in romance.
- Danielle Binks, for her thorough examination of romance writers whose professional anonymity is compromised– ‘By Any Other Name: The Secret Lives of Romance Authors”
Huge thanks to those RWA members who nominated a piece in the ROMA this year, please do keep them coming (accepting entries for 2016/17 NOW!)—without you guys we might easily miss a true romance reportage gem. If you have a piece in the coming year that you believe will be competitive, please do send me a link or a scanned copy at ROMA@romanceaustralia.com or hardcopies can be forwarded to RWA via ROMA Award | PO Box H120 | Hurlstone Park NSW 2193
See you all next month!
ROMA Award Coordinator