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

    2014 RWA Service Award Recipients

    Sylvia Day

    Sylvia Day Sylvia Day the number one New York Times & number one international best-selling author of over a dozen award-winning novels translated into thirty-nine languages. With millions of copies of her books in print, her work has appeared at the top of multiple international best-sellers lists. She has been a number one bestseller in nine countries. Two of her novels—Bared to You and Reflected in You—took spots among the top ten best-selling books of 2012 on year-end sales round ups throughout the world. She has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and her work has been honored as Amazon’s Best of the Year in Romance.

    Sylvia co-founded Passionate Ink, RWA's first and only erotic romance special interest chapter, in 2005 and served as its inaugural president. She previously served on the Board as Region 6 Director and President.

    Lorraine Heath

    Lorraine Heath A RITA-winning, best-selling author of more than 50 published romantic fiction novels (her current publishers are Avon Books and HarperTeen), Lorraine Heath has been a member of RWA since 1993 and a member of the RWA Board (as Secretary and a Director). She has also served at the RWA chapter level, two years as chapter president.

    Stephanie Jones

    Stephanie Jones Stephanie Jones joined RWA in 2007, and since that time, she has volunteered on the local and national levels. From conference volunteering to chapter leadership to serving on the Leadership Development Committee, Stephanie's service to RWA is an inspiration to those around her.

    Renee Ryan

    Renee Ryan Multipublished, award-winning author Renee Ryan sold her first book in 2001 and is currently published by Harlequin Love Inspired. Renee has served on the Ethics Committee and Workshop Committee and continues to be involved in RWA on the national and local chapter levels.






































    Past RWA Service Award Recipients
    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