Jane is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and has hosted the RoNAs – the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards – over recent years with celebrities including Archers star Tim Bentinck, crime writer Peter James, Richard and Judy. Barbara Taylor Bradford, Fern Britton, and Prue Leith.
The RNA was formed in 1960 to promote romantic fiction and to encourage good writing and now represents more than 700 writers, agents, editors and other publishing professionals.
At the awards ceremony in March each year, the seven RoNAs (Romantic Novel Awards) are announced.
They are awarded to the winners of seven specific categories of romantic novel: Contemporary, Epic, Historical, Paranormal and Speculative, Romantic Comedy, Young Adult and the RoNA Rose (for shorter/category romance).
The winning books then go forward to a panel of judges who select an overall winner, who receives the Romantic Novel of the Year Award and our lovely trophy. The winner of the RoNA Rose category also receives the Rose Bowl.
Each year, the RNA also celebrates the best writing from among its own members with awards for both published and unpublished work.
These awards are the Joan Hessayon New Writers’ Scheme Award, the Katie Fforde Bursary and the Elizabeth Goudge Trophy.
For latest information about the awards, please visit the RNA’s News pages.