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UK Romantic Novel of the Year shortlist

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UK Romantic Novel of the Year shortlist

Post by EC2 » Sat February 12th, 2011, 9:14 am

I wasn't quite sure where to post this, but have put it here as it fits the forum page.
In the UK, the Romantic Novelists Association run several book awards to promote romantic fiction in its various incarnations. The main award for the Romantic Novel of the Year is for mainstream fiction that contains a romance but that romance doesn't have to be the be-all. It's the UK's only award for commerical mainstream fiction. There's also an award for category romance authors who write for Mills & Boon, one for romantic comedy that honours the contemporary chic-lit and one for historical too. Authors can be on more than one shortlist.
The way the award works is that books are sent out to ordinary readers with a tick sheet and each book is awarded points on its readability, characterisation, romantic element etc. Each books is read by 3 readers and the scores added up. The highest scores go through and a longlist of 24 is announced. The RNA committee then read those 24 and whittle it down to 6. The 6 are judged by industry professionals, 3 different ones in each category.

Anyway, this is all by way of saying that To Defy A King has made it onto the main award shortlist and the Historical novel shortlist.
Here's the url to the RNA website where you can see all the titles. I'm not sure I like the 'Pure passion' moniker, but apparently the booksellers do very much, so who am I to quibble? :-)
http://www.romanticnovelistsassociation ... shortlists
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Post by Misfit » Sat February 12th, 2011, 11:09 am

Congrats, even if it isn't a romance novel.
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Post by Vanessa » Sat February 12th, 2011, 11:14 am

Well done, EC. I hope you win!
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Post by Elizabeth » Sat February 12th, 2011, 12:43 pm

Congratulations!
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Post by wendy » Sat February 12th, 2011, 1:00 pm

Wonderful! I hope it helps with sales.
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Post by Ariadne » Sat February 12th, 2011, 4:46 pm

Congratulations! Is this the first year for the separate historical novel award?

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Post by LoveHistory » Sat February 12th, 2011, 5:05 pm

Warmest Congratulations, EC!

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Post by fljustice » Sat February 12th, 2011, 5:53 pm

Way to go, EC!
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Post by EC2 » Sun February 13th, 2011, 12:24 am

[quote=""Ariadne""]Congratulations! Is this the first year for the separate historical novel award?[/quote]

Yes it is Ariadne. The RNA decided to honour some of the specific genres under their umbrella.
In the long, long ago, there was only one prize and it usually went to a Mills & Boon. Then mainstream novels began to compete and M &B more or less got sidelined by the big hitters. The RNA then created 2 awards, one for the mainstream and one for category such as M&B. Now they've added romantic comedy and historicals.
I've been here with the main award 5 times now, so I'm just going to enjoy the ride and not expect to win. That's the best way.

Thank you everyone for the congrats. :-)
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Post by annis » Sun February 13th, 2011, 1:17 am

Congratuations, EC! All the best - we'll have our fingers crossed for you :)

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