RWA Vivian Stephens Industry Award

    The RWA Vivian Stephens Industry Award is presented to one or more professionals in the romance-publishing industry, who is not a writer, who has contributed to the genre or to RWA in a significant and/or continuing manner.

    Named for one of RWA's founders, the RWA Vivian Stephens Industry Award is for an accumulated body of work and may n
    ot be presented every year if no candidate is clearly identified as meeting the level of excellence established by past recipients of the award.

    To nominate an industry professional for the RWA Vivian Stephens Industry Award, click here or e-mail

    2014 RWA Vivian Stephens Industry Award Recipients
    Brenda Chin and Debra Dixon

    Brenda Chin

    Brenda Chin is the editorial director of the BelleBooks imprint ImaJinn Books and is an award-winning editor with more than 20 years of experience in romance publishing. She bought books by and helped build the careers of many of today's best-selling authors.

    Debra Dixon

    Debra Dixon is the CEO of BelleBooks and, in her career as a writer, has published ten books and contributed to twelve anthologies. She wrote the popular how-to book GMC: Goal, Motivation, and Conflict and once served as vice president on the Romance Writers of America Board of Directors. 


    Past RWA Industry Award Recipients

    • 2013: Bette-Lee Fox, Library Journal
    • 2012: Barbara Vey, Publishers Weekly
    • 2011: award not given
    • 2010: Eileen Hutton, VP, Associate Publisher (retired), Brilliance Audio
    • 2009: Tracy Farrell, editor-at-large, Harlequin Enterprises
    • 2008: Sue Grimshaw, romance buyer, Borders Group
    • 2007: Linda Marrow, vice president/editorial director, Ballantine
    • 2006: Lucia Macro, executive editor, Avon Books
    • 2005: Leslie Wainger, executive editor, Harlequin Enterprises
    • 2004: Donna Hayes, publisher and CEO Harlequin Enterprises, and Isabel Swift, vice president of editorial, Harlequin Enterprises
    • 2003: Donna Seaman, Booklist
    • 2002: award not given
    • 2001: Carol Stacy, Romantic Times publisher
    • 2000: Jeff Bezos, president & CEO,
    • 1999: award not given
    • 1998: Daisy Maryles, executive editor, Publishers Weekly
    • 1997: Kay Murray, attorney, Authors Guild
    • 1996: Evan M. Fogelman, literary agent
    • 1995: Gerald Ratcliff, bookseller
    • 1994: Richard Curtis, literary agent
    • 1993: Jayne Ann Krentz, author
    • 1992: Marilyn Black, publisher, Meteor Kismet
    • 1991: Kate Duffy, executive editor, Meteor Kismet


    Historical note: Waldenbooks was awarded special recognition for contributions to the romance genre in 1990, prior to the inception of the Industry award in 1991. The award was presented to the Waldenbooks romance expert committee comprised of Jennifer McCord, Frances Perrine and Mary Grigg. Prior to 2006, the Vivian Stephens Industry Award was known as the Industry Award. The award name was changed in order to honor one of RWA's founders, Vivian Stephens.