2021 VIVIAN® Winners

Romance Writers of America (RWA) announced the winners of the 2021 VIVIAN® Awards at a virtual awards ceremony on July 31, 2021. The VIVAN—the highest award of distinction in romance fiction—recognizes excellence in romance writing and showcases author talent and creativity. Congratulations to this year's winners!


Best First Published Book Winner

Love Me Like a Love Song Annmarie Boyle
Love Me Like a Love Song by Annmarie Boyle

Contemporary Romance: Short Winner

Engaging the EnemyReese Ryan
Engaging the Enemy by Reese Ryan

Historical Romance: Long Winner

Ten Things I Hate about the Duke Loretta Chase
Ten Things I Hate About the Duke by Loretta Chase

Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance Winner

An Everyday Hero Laura Trentham
An Everyday Hero by Laura Trentham

Romantic Suspense: Long Winner

Hail Mary Hope Anika
Hail Mary by Hope Anika

Speculative Romance: Long Winner

A Stitch in Time Kelley Armstrong
A Stitch in Time by Kelley Armstrong

Contemporary Romance: Long Winner

False StartJessica Ruddick
False Start by Jessica Ruddick

Erotic Romance Winner

Pure SatisfactionRebecca Hunter
Pure Satisfaction by Rebecca Hunter

Historical Romance: Mid Winner

A Study in Passion Louisa Cornell
A Study in Passion by Louisa Cornell

Most Anticipated Romance Winner

Janet Oppedisano
Burning Caine by Janet Oppedisano

Romantic Suspense: Mid Winner

Storm Janie Crouch
Storm by Janie Crouch

Speculative Romance: Mid Winner

Betwixt Darynda Jones
Betwixt by Darynda Jones