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Romance Writers of America promotes the interests of career-focused romance writers by sponsoring awards that acknowledge excellence in the romance genre. RWA sponsors:

RWA also honors individuals for their continual volunteer services to RWA and the romance genre through Service Awards and the Emma Merritt Award for continued service.  Additionally, awards are given annually to one special bookseller, librarian, and industry professional who demonstrate notable support of romance authors and the romance genre. These special honorees' love of the romance genre helps promote the continued success of the romance-fiction market. RWA invites you to visit all these special award recipient pages. 

Members interested in submitting a nomination may do so by completing the Nominations Survey or by sending an email to:


Since 1980 RWA has recognized outstanding achievement by both published and unpublished romance authors.  The Golden Heart Award for unpublished authors and the RITA award for published authors are recognized as the highest awards of distinction in the romance genre.