Romantic Novelists' Association Awards

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RoNA Award
Awarded for Excellence in romance novel
Country United Kingdom
Presented by Romantic Novelists' Association
First awarded 1960
Website romanticnovelistsassociation.org/awards

The Romantic Novel of the Year Award is an award for romance novels since 1960, presented by Romantic Novelists' Association, and since 2003, the novellas, also won the Love Story of the Year (now RoNA Rose Award).[1]

In 2018, awards were given to men under their own names for the first time in the organisation's 58-year history[2]

Romantic Novel of the Year a.k.a. RoNA Award[edit]

This award recognises the long romance novels, the categories of the Romantic Novel of the Year (RoNA) are:[clarification needed]

  • The RoNA for a Contemporary Romantic Novel
This category is for mainstream romantic novels set post 1960 and includes chick-lit, beach reads and genres such as paranormal/fantasy/time slip/romantic suspense.
  • The RoNA for a Historical Romantic Novel
The Historical category is for romantic novels set in a period before 1960. Time slip novels may be included.
  • The RoNA for an Epic Romantic Novel
Romantic novels containing serious issues or themes, including grittier fiction such as sagas, multi-generational tales may be included in this category, which may also include time slip novels.
  • The RoNA for a Romantic Comedy Novel:
Romantic novels intended to be consistently humorous or amusing may be entered for this award.
  • The RoNA for a Young Adult Romantic Novel
This category is for romantic novels where the main characters are teenagers/young adults.

Winners[edit]

Love Story of the Year a.k.a. RoNA Rose Award[edit]

This award (formerly the Love Story of the Year) recognises the best in category and shorter romance, serials in magazines are also eligible.

Winners[edit]

  • 2018: Christmas at the Little Village School by Jane Lovering (Choc Lit)
  • 2017: Christmas in the Boss’s Castle by Scarlet Wilson (Harlequin Mills & Boon)
  • 2016: Doctor... To Duchess? by Annie O'Neil (Harlequin Mills & Boon)
  • 2015: Scandal’s Virgin by Louise Allen (Harlequin Mills & Boon)
  • 2014: Bound by a Baby by Kate Hardy (Harlequin Mills & Boon)
  • 2013: Beneath the Major's Scars by Sarah Mallory (HMB Historical Regency)
  • 2012: The Dangerous Lord Darrington by Sarah Mallory (HMB Historical Regency)
  • 2011: The Piratical Miss Ravenhurst by Louise Allen (Harlequin Historicals)
  • 2010: Animal Instincts by Nell Dixon (Little Black Dress)
  • 2009: Mistress: Hired for the Billionaire's Pleasure by India Grey (Harlequin Mills & Boon)
  • 2008: Breakfast at Giovanni's by Kate Hardy (Harlequin Mills & Boon)
  • 2007: Marrying Max by Nell Dixon (DC Thomson)
  • 2006: Contracted: Corporate Wife by Jessica Hart (Harlequin Mills & Boon)
  • 2005: A Family of His Own by Liz Fielding (Harlequin Mills & Boon)
  • 2004: A Damnable Rogue by Anne Herries (Harlequin Mills & Boon)
  • 2003: Illusion by Julia Wild (Heartline)

Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year[edit]

This award recognises the best in category for mainstream romantic novels set post 1960. This category can include romantic suspense and erotic romance.

Winners[edit]

, Contemporary Romantic Novel winner; , Epic Romantic Novel winner; , Historical Romantic Novel winner; and , Young Adult Romantic Novel winner.

Historical Romantic Novel of the Year[edit]

This award recognises the best in category for a romantic novel set pre-1960.

Winners[edit]

Epic Romantic Novel of the Year[edit]

This award recognises the best in category for romantic novels that have a broad and sweeping scope. May be either contemporary or historical and may include time-slip.

Winners[edit]

Romantic Comedy Novel[edit]

This award recognises the best in category for a romantic novel intended to be consistently humorous or amusing.

Winners[edit]

  • 2018: The Summer Seaside Kitchen by Jenny Colgan (Sphere/Little, Brown)
  • 2017: Out of Practice by Penny Parkes (Simon & Schuster)
  • 2016: Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Cafe by Milly Johnson (Simon & Schuster)
  • 2015: Just a Girl, Standing in Front of a Boy by Lucy-Anne Holmes (Sphere)
  • 2014: It's Raining Men by Milly Johnson (Simon & Schuster)
  • 2013: Welcome to Rosie Hopkin's Sweetshop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan (Sphere, Little Brown)
  • 2012: Please Don't Stop The Music by Jane Lovering (Choc Lit)

Young Adult Romantic Novel[edit]

This award recognises the best in category for a romantic novel in which the main characters are teenagers or young adults.

Winners[edit]

Paranormal or Speculative Romantic Novel[edit]

This award recognises the best in category for a romantic novel that may be paranormal, fantasy, science fiction, time-slip etc.

Winners[edit]

References[edit]