RWA Service Award

    RWA Service Awards are intended to honor major commitments of service to RWA and are presented for the accumulated body of effort a volunteer may make during a lifetime.

    To nominate an RWA member for the Service Award, click here or e-mail

    2015 RWA Service Award Recipients

    Lynn Coddington

    Lynn Coddington Lynn Coddington has written historical and category romance novels as Allison Hayes for Avon Books and Silhouette Special Edition, and indie published several novellas as L.G.C. Smith. She holds a Ph.D. in Education, Language and Literacy from the University of California at Berkeley. She also has a master’s degree in Educational Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in Linguistics from UC Berkeley. Coddington served on the RWA Board of Directors for two terms and she has been a member of the RWA Academic Research Grant Committee since its inception.

    Barbara Dunlop

    Barbara Dunlop New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Barbara Dunlop is a former RWA Board member. She has undertaken a number of volunteer positions with RWA, including serving two terms as the RITA Ceremony board liaison and participating in the RWA Bylaws Review Committee. A two time winner of the Golden Heart and a three time finalist in the RITA, Barbara has written more than forty novels for Harlequin Books and independently published the acclaimed Match romantic comedy series.










    Past RWA Service Award Recipients
    2014: Sylvia Day, Lorraine Heath, Stephanie Jones, & Renee Ryan
    2013: Julie Hurwitz, Eloisa James, Donna MacMeans, & Trish Milburn
    2012: Natalie Damschroder, Dorien Kelly, & Diane Pershing
    2011: Amy Atwell, Nikki Enlow, Stephanie Feagan, & Linda Howard
    2010: Madeline Hunter
    2009: Karen Fox
    2008: Nicole Burnham & Jill Limber
    2007: Katy Cooper, Jennifer Crump, Pam McCutcheon, & Connie Newman
    2006: Mary Strand & Nancy Haddock
    2005: Jill Barnett, Gail Freeman, & Laura Hayden
    2004: no award given
    2003: Sunni Jeffers, Alicia Rasley, & Mary Stella
    2002: Jill Floyd & Sandra Kitt
    2001: Jeanne Nicholson, Maggie Shayne & Carol Stephenson
    2000: Alice Countrymen & Linda Prine
    1999: Brenda Hamilton, Shannon Snow Lewis, Betty Rosenthal, Valerie Taylor, & Susan Wiggs
    1998: Laura Baker & Rita Clay Estrada
    1997: Donna Caubarreaux, Laura DeVries, Lynda Hales, & Alfie Thompson
    1996: Debra Dixon, Theresa Goodman, Anne Holmberg, Janet Kuchler, Kim Lewis, & Kate Welsh
    1995: Rita Gallagher, Cathie Linz, Debbie Macomber, & Karan Richardson
    1994: Margaret Brownley, Patt Marr, & Maggie Osborne
    1993: Darlene Layman, Harold Lowry, & Nora Simpson
    1992: Emma Merritt, Sharon Winn, Jan Boies, Glenda Kachelmeier, Susan Horton, Darlene Layman, & Claudia Yates
    1991: Kathy Clark & Jeanne Triner
    1990: Marian Jones