The Golden Heart Award is highly prized recognition for unpublished writers, and the
RITA Award (named for RWA’s first president and co-founder, Rita Clay Estrada) is the highest honor awarded to published romance novels.
Robin with Rita Estrada
Faith Hope & Love is the inspirational chapter of RWA. We have an active membership of 180+, and our goal is: To promote excellence in romantic fiction and advance the professional interests of career-focused romance writers within the genre of Christian Fiction... The chapter was formed in 1997, and I have had the privilege to serve on its board of directors from then until now. If anyone is a member of RWA and is interested in writing fiction that is informed by the Christian worldview, check out the chapter at http://www.faithhopelove-rwa.org/.
Now without further adieu, allow me to share the 2013 Golden Heart and
RITA Award winners. And huge congratulations to them and to all of the other finalists.
Contemporary Series Romance: Baby on Board––Help! By Miranda Liasson
Contemporary Single Title Romance: Objection Overruled by Jane O’Hanlon
Historical Romance: Drawn to the Earl by Joanna Shupe
Paranormal Romance: Mind Sweeper by Amy Jones w/a AE Jones
Romantic Suspense: Broken Places by Krista Hall Reynolds
Young Adult Romance: Summer of Supernova by Darcy Woods
(Note: Categories that don’t have the required number of entries are not included in that given year.)
Best First Book: The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James
Contemporary Single Title Romance: The Way Back Home by Barbara Freethy
Historical Romance: A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean
Inspirational Romance: Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden
Long Contemporary Series Romance: A Gift for All Seasons by Karen Templeton
Novel with Strong Romantic Elements: The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James
Paranormal Romance: Shadow’s Claim by Kresley Cole
Romance Novella: Seduced by a Pirate by Eloisa James
Romantic Suspense: Scorched by Laura Griffin
Short Contemporary Series Romance: A Night of No Return by Sarah Morgan
Young Adult Romance: The Farm by Emily McKay
Missy Tippens, Jennifer Delamere, Robin Lee Hatcher,
Marta Perry, Rachel Hauck, and Becky Wade)
TBL (unpublished) and the ICRS (published) awards were given out at the Faith, Hope, & Love meeting on Wednesday before the official start of the RWA conference
To see the list of award winners for FHL contests, visit:
Touched by Love Award (unpublished manuscripts) http://www.faithhopelove-rwa.org/tbl.html
Inspirational Readers Choice Award (published books) http://www.faithhopelove-rwa.org/irc.html
Robin Lee Hatcher is the author of 70 novels and novellas (historical and contemporary romance as well as women’s fiction). She currently writes for HarperCollins Christian Publishing under both the Zondervan and Thomas Nelson imprints. Robin’s latest release is A Bride for All Seasons, and the third book in the Where the Heart Lives series, Beloved, will release in September 2013. Join Robin on her web site and blog at http://www.robinleehatcher.com and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/robinleehatcher. You can also find her on Twitter, Goodreads, and Pinterest.