Romantic Novelists' Association

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The Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) is the professional body that represents authors of romantic fiction in the United Kingdom. It was founded in 1960 by Denise Robins (first president), Barbara Cartland (first vice-president), Vivian Stuart (first elected chairman), and other authors including Elizabeth Goudge, Netta Muskett, Catherine Cookson, Rosamunde Pilcher and Lucilla Andrews.

The RNA has a membership approaching 1000, composed of authors and publishing professionals. It promotes and celebrates excellence in romantic fiction across all sub-genres. It offers a programme of events throughout the year including an annual conference and workshops/seminars on aspects of writing craft and the publishing industry. The organisations also supports a number of regional chapters, who meet regularly to discuss issues of concern to writers of romantic fiction. The organisation also runs the New Writers' Scheme, under which unpublished authors receive an appraisal of their work from an experienced member of the Association. Netta Muskett was co-founder and vice-president of the association[1] and the Netta Muskett Award for new writers, now called the RNA New Writers Scheme, was created in her honour.

Many of its members are best-selling and award-winning international authors and also speakers and creative writing tutors.


The RNA recognises outstanding authors and books with a series of yearly awards sponsored by Goldsboro Books. It also awards a debut authors' prize sponsored by Dr David Hessayon and industry awards.






Current Vice-Presidents
Former Vice-Presidents
Honorary Vice-Presidents
Associate Vice-Presidents


Committee Chairmen[edit]

Current Committee[edit]

Hon Treasurer
  • Sally Calder
Hon Deputy Treasurer
  • Anna Scamans
Hon Secretary
  • Julie Vince
  • Jean Fullerton
  • Jules Wake
  • Adrienne Vaughan
  • Alison Knight
  • Celia Anderson
  • Gill Stewart
  • Julie Stock
  • Katherine Garbera
  • Anne Stenhouse

Honor Life members[edit]


  1. ^ a b Past RNA Officers
  2. ^ RNA Officers
  3. ^ a b Bookworm on the Net online at (accessed 4 April 2008)

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