RNA Romance Prize
The Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) in the UK awards an annual prize for category romances. The first award was made in April 2003 at the RNA Awards Lunch at the Savoy Hotel, London. The winner received a prize money of of £1,000 and also an inscribed Betty Neels Rose Bowl to hold for one year, both donated by Mills & Boon.
A panel of readers will each read books between November and January. They will rank the titles in order of preference, based on such criteria as most enjoyable, least able to put down, good plot and characters, would buy another book by that author. A shortlist of the favourite books will then be read by the final judges, who will be professional editors and agents, to select the outright winner.
- Winner: Breakfast At Giovanni's - Kate Hardy (Harlequin Mills & Boon)
- Shortlist: Driving Him Wild - Julie Cohen (Harlequin Mills & Boon) / English Lord, Ordinary Lady - Fiona Harper (Harlequin Mills & Boon) / Her Parenthood Assignment - Fiona Harper (Harlequin Mills & Boon) / The Mediterranean Rebel's Bride - Lucy Gordon (Harlequin Mills & Boon) / The Secret Life Of Lady Gabriella - Liz Fielding (Harlequin Mills & Boon)
- Winner: Marrying Max - Nell Dixon (The People's Friend Story Collection)
- Shortlist: Accepting The Boss’s Proposal - Natasha Oakley (Harlequin Mills & Boon) / An Improper Companion - Anne Herries (Harlequin Mills & Boon) / Her Ready Made Family - Jessica Hart (Harlequin Mills & Boon) / Lord Greville's Captive - Nicola Cornick (Harlequin Mills & Boon) / The Gladiator's Honour - Michelle Styles (Harlequin Mills & Boon) / The Millionaire's Runaway Bride - Catherine George (Harlequin Mills & Boon)