RWA Hall of Fame

RWA's RITA Award is the highest honor in romance publishing. RITA Award winners are determined by the toughest judges in existence—an author's fellow romance authors. For an author to win more than one RITA during her career is rare. For those outstanding authors who win multiple RITAs, RWA needed a special way to honor them, so we created the RWA Hall of Fame. Upon receipt of her/his third (formerly the fourth) RITA Award in the same category, an RWA member is inducted into the RWA Hall of Fame for that category.

Romance Writers of America proudly presents our Hall of Fame members:

Irene Hannon
Inspirational Romance
Qualifying Novels:
2003 - Never Say Goodbye
2011 - In Harm's Way
2015 - Deceived

Kresley Cole
Paranormal Romance
Qualifying Novels:
2007 - A Hunger Like No Other
2010 - Kiss of a Demon King
2013 - Shadow's Claim

Karen Templeton
Contemporary Series Romance
Qualifying Novels:
2009 - A Mother's Wish
2011 - Welcome Home, Cowboy
2013 - A Gift for All Seasons

Barbara O'Neal
Novel with Strong Romantic Elements
Qualifying Novels:
2006 - Lady Luck's Map of Vegas
2010 - The Lost Recipe for Happiness
2012 - How to Bake a Perfect Life

Julia Quinn
Regency Historical Romance
Qualifying Novels:
2007 - On the Way to the Wedding
2008 - The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever
2010 - What Happens in London

Kathleen Creighton
Contemporary Series Romance
Qualifying Novels:
1988 - In the Defense of Love
2004 - The Top Gun's Return
2009 - Danger Signals

Jodi Thomas
Short Historical Romance
Qualifying Novels:
1992 - The Tender Texan
1995 - To Tame a Texan's Heart
2006 - The Texan's Reward

Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Contemporary Single Title
Qualifying Novels:
1998 - Nobody's Baby But Mine
1999 - Dream a Little Dream
2001 - First Lady

Nora Roberts
Long Contemporary Romance
Qualifying Novels:
1983 - The Heart's Victory
1984 - This Magic Moment
1985 - A Matter of Choice
1987 - One Summer

LaVyrle Spencer
Single Title Historical Romance
Qualifying Novels:
1983 - The Endearment
1984 - Hummingbird
1985 - Twice Loved
1988 - The Gamble

Nora Roberts
Romantic Suspense
Qualifying Novels:
1989 - Brazen Virtue
1992 - Night Shift
1993 - Divine Evil
1994 - Nightshade
1995 - Hidden Riches

Jo Beverley
Regency Romance
Qualifying Novels:
1992 - Emily and the Dark Angel
1993 - An Unwilling Bride
1994 - Deirdre and Don Juan

Kathleen Korbel (Eileen Dreyer)
Long Contemporary Romance
Qualifying Novels:
1990 - The Ice Cream Man
1992 - A Rose for Maggie
1995 - A Soldier's Heart

Nora Roberts
Contemporary Single Title Romance
Qualifying Novels:
1991 - Public Secrets
1994 - Private Scandals
1996 - Born in Ice

Cheryl Zach
Young Adult Romance
Qualifying Novels:
1985 - The Frog Princess
1986 - Waiting for Amanda
1996 - Runaway

Francine Rivers
Inspirational Romance
Qualifying Novels:
1995 - An Echo In the Darkness
1996 - As Sure As the Dawn
1997 - The Scarlet Thread

Jennifer Greene (Alison Hart)
Short Contemporary Series Romance
Qualifying Novels:
1990 - Night of the Hunter
1996 - Single Dad
1998 - Nobody's Princess

Justine Dare (Justine Davis/Janice Davis Smith)
Paranormal Romance
Qualifying Novels:
1991 - Angel for Hire (Justine Davis)
1995 - Lord of the Storm
1998 - Fire Hawk