Awards are given by various romance industry organizations, by review publications and websites, and writer associations.
- 1 Romance Writers of America
- 1.1 RITA
- 1.2 Golden Heart
- 1.3 Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award
- 1.4 Chapters of Romance Writers of America
- 1.5 Special Interests
- 2 Romantic Times Magazine
- 3 RRA-L
- 4 All About Romance Annual Reader Awards
- 5 Cata Network Reviewers Choice Awards RCA
- 6 EPIC (Electronically Published Internet Connection) EPPII Awards
- 7 Quill Literacy Foundation Quill Awards
- 8 Romance In Color
- 9 Romance Slam Jam EMMA
- 10 The Romance Studio CAPA
The RITA® is awarded by the Romance Writers of America to the best romance fiction in a given year. Named after RWA’s first president, Rita Clay Estrada, the RITA® is the highest honor a romance author can receive. Published authors judge entrants in 12 categories. The finalists are generally announced toward the end of March. Winners are announced at RWA's Annual Conference.
From its introduction in 1982 until 1989, the RITA® was known as The Golden Medallion. The current award is a gold statue.
The Golden Heart contest is presented annually by the Romance Writers of America for unpublished romance authors in a wide range of categories. The Golden Heart award debuted in 1983. Today's winners receive a gold necklace with a heart charm.
The Romance Writers of America present the Lifetime Achievement Award to one writer to honor an author's body of work and contributions to the romance genre. Historical Note: from 1983 through 1989 the award was called the Golden Treasure. In 1990 it was changed to the Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was renamed the "Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award" in 2008.
Chapters of Romance Writers of America
The Desert Rose Golden Quill Awards are awarded annually to the best or favorite works published the previous year by the Desert Rose Chapter of Romance Writers of America. Entrants pay an entrance fee and must be members of the Romance Writers of America.
Georgia Romance Writers - Maggie Awards
Heart of Denver Romance Writers
Aspen Gold Award
Annual contest open to all published authors of novel length romance fiction in various categories. 2007 Finalists here.
Annual contest open to all unpublished authors of novel length romance fiction and those who have not published within three years prior to contest deadline in various categories. Includes an award for spirited heroine - the "Unsinkable Heroine" and "Heart of Molly" award for members. 2007 Finalists here.
Oklahoma Romance Writers of America National Readers' Choice Awards
The National Readers' Choice Award (NRCA) is sponsored by the OK-RWA since 1991. The judges are readers from the US registered at the OK-RWA. All entries must have an original copyright date of the year they enter and must have been available for sale in the United States sometime during that year.
The HOLT Medallion Award is awarded by the Virginia Romance Writers chapter of Romance Writers of America. The award originated in 1995 and was named for VRW's first elected president, Cynthia Holt. The acronym HOLT stands for Honoring Outstanding Literary Talent. The award is given to romance novels, or novels with a strong element of romance, with a copyright date of the year preceding the competition (i.e., for the 2007 contest, books must have a 2006 copyright).
Futuristic, Fantasy and Paranormal RWA
ParaNormalRomance.org is a romance community website devoted to paranormal romances. The site is also the proud presenter of The P.E.A.R.L.(Paranormal Excellence Award for Romantic Literature). This is a readers' choice award, conducted annually by the PNR listers, naming the best of year in ten categories related to paranormal romance and romantic science fiction.
An annual award given for books published in the contest year (the 2007 awards are for books published in 2006). The awards are in the following categories: Time Travel, Fantasy, Futuristic, Light Paranormal, Dark Paranormal, Erotica/Romantica, or Novella.
On The Far Side
Contest for unpublished manuscripts in these sub-genre.
This is a special interest chapter of Romance Writers of America.
For books published in the previous year in the erotic sub-genre.
Stroke of Midnight
This award is given to authors who are unpublished in full-length fiction (at least 25,000 words) for the last 5 years and/or entrants unpublished in the category they wish to enter.
All About Romance Annual Reader Awards
All About Romance is a review website that conducts an annual reader poll where readers vote on their favorite books in various categories. The books must have been issued in the contest year, e.g., in 2006 for the poll conducted in the spring of 2007. Annual Reader Awards results are available since 1997.
The Cata Network is a network of websites and communities for the lovers of romance novels, with its hub at Cata Network Readers Lounge. It gives Reviewers Choice Awards (RCA) twice a year.
EPIC (Electronically Published Internet Connection) EPPII Awards
The EPPIE Awards have been given annually since the first EPIC conference to recognize outstanding achievement in e-publishing. The categories are judged by members of EPIC, all published authors. After the first round of judging, the works of the finalists are sent to another panel of judges, and winners in all eighteen categories are selected. The winners are announced at the EPIC conference's gala award ceremony at the annual EPICon Convention. Awards are given in several categories of romance, erotica, and erotic romance.
Quill Literacy Foundation Quill Awards
The Quill Literacy Foundation was formed by Reed Business Information, parent of Publishers Weekly, and The NBC Universal Television Stations, to focus attention on literacy and reading. They award an annual Quill Awards. For 2007 eligible titles were those published between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2007. Nominees were chosen by the Quills/PW Selection Committee, comprised of Publishers Weekly editors. Voting will be done by 6,000 booksellers and librariansin the 18 categories.