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.

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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