RWA Veritas Media Award

This award may be given annually for the nonfiction work, in print or other mass medium, that best depicts the romance genre in a positive light.

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2017 RWA Veritas Award Recipient

Thu-Huong Ha

Thu-Huong Ha 

"Maverick Women Writers are Upending the Book Industry and Selling Millions in the Process," Quartz

Thu-Huong Ha writes about books and culture for Quartz. She's also an executive producer of the TEDxNewYork conference and the author of the YA novel Hail Caesar. She likes to eat and learn, at times in tandem.


Past Recipients of the Veritas Award

  • 2016: Kelly Faircloth, "How Harlequin Became the Most Famous Name in Romance,"
  • 2015: Joyce Lamb, "6 Things We Love about EW's Spread on Romance Novels," Happy Ever After
  • 2014: award not given
  • 2013: award not given
  • 2012: Denise Schipani, "7 Life Lessons from Romance Novels," Woman's Day
  • 2011: award not given
  • 2010: Gwenda Bond, for her article "Romancing the Recession" in Publishers Weekly
  • 2009: Ron Charles, for his article "Heating Up the Stacks" in the Washington Post
  • 2008: award not given
  • 2007: award not given
  • 2006: Mary Bly, for her article "A Fine Romance" published in the New York Times.
  • 2005: Don O'Briant, for his article "Romantic Encounters-Romance Diversifies, Expands" in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • 2004: award not given
  • 2003: Teri Sprackland, UPI wire correspondent, for her article "Romancing Readers Worth Billions"
  • 2002: Nora Schoenberg for her article "Romance in the Classroom"
  • 2001: Patricia McLinn, for her article in the Washington Post, "Go Ahead, Make Jokes. We'll Be Here with Our Fans."
  • 2000: John Charles, Shelley Mosley, and Ann Bouricius for their February 1999 article in the Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA), "Romance the YA Reader."
  • 1999: award not given
  • 1998: Lucinda Dyer, for her article "Roundup on Romance: Birds Do It, Bees Do It" which appeared in the November 10, 1997, edition of Publishers Weekly
  • 1996: Betsy Carpenter, for her article "Living the Fantasy - Romance Writers Get Some Respect, Scholarly Interest and Tons of Readers" published in the November 6, 1995, edition of U.S. News & World Report
  • 1995: Shelley Mosley, John Charles, and Julie Havir for their article "The Librarian as Effete Snob: Why Romance?", which appeared in the May 1995 edition of Wilson Library Bulletin.