RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award

    One of the highest honors RWA bestows is the RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is presented to a living author in recognition of significant contributions to the romance genre. To qualify for the award, the recipient's career in romantic fiction must span a minimum of 15 years. Recipients must in some way continue to promote the romance genre, teach romance in fiction, or publish romantic fiction. In 1994 a new requirement was added, that recipients must maintain active RWA membership. Authors are nominated for the award by RWA members and selected by the Board of Directors.

    To nominate a member for the RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award, click here or e-mail

    2014 RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
    Bertrice Small

    Bertrice Small
    Bertrice Small is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than 50 novels. She's written historical, erotic contemporary, and fantasy romances and has been actively publishing since the late 1970s.

    RWA will honor Bertrice Small on Saturday, July 26, at the Awards Ceremony at the 2014 RWA Conference in San Antonio, Texas.




    Past Recipients of the RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award

    • 2013: Mary Jo Putney
    • 2012: Brenda Jackson
    • 2011: Sharon Sala
    • 2010: Debbie Macomber
    • 2009: Alison Hart
    • 2008: Vicki Lewis Thompson
    • 2007: Linda Lael Miller
    • 2006: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • 2005: Linda Howard
    • 2004: no award given
    • 2003: Heather Graham
    • 2002: Maggie Osborne
    • 2001: Robin Lee Hatcher
    • 2000: Rita Clay Estrada
    • 1999: Rosalyn Alsobrook
    • 1998: Sandra Brown
    • 1997: Nora Roberts
    • 1996: Anne Stuart
    • 1995: Jayne Ann Krentz
    • 1994: Ann Maxwell, aka Elizabeth Lowell
    • 1992: Mary Stewart
    • 1991: Barbara Mertz
    • 1990: Phyllis A. Whitney
    • 1989: Eleanor Burford Hibbert
    • 1988: Kathleen Woodiwiss
    • 1987: Patricia Maxwell, aka Jennifer Blake
    • 1986: Roberta Gellis
    • 1985: Virginia Myers
    • 1984: Ethel Bangert (Virginia Mann)
    • 1983: Virginia Nielsen McCall

    Historical Note: from 1983 through 1989 the award was called the Golden Treasure. In 1990, it was changed to the Lifetime Achievement Award and then renamed the RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.