Reverend Richard Coles, broadcaster, dancer and former pop star, will present the Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) Awards for 2018 during a ceremony in the Gladstone Library, One Whitehall Place, London SW1 on 5thMarch.
There are seven award categories comprising the best in Contemporary Romantic Fiction, Epic Romantic Fiction, Epic Romantic Fiction, Paranormal or Speculative Romance, Romantic Comedy, shorter or category romance (The RONA Rose Award), and Young Adult Romance. This year's shortlists demonstrate the diversity of romantic fiction and show the genre to be in excellent health across traditional, digital and independent author publishing.
The winners of the seven categories will be announced during the evening and from these an overall winner will be selected to receive the RNA's highest accolade, the Goldsboro Books Romantic Novel of the Year. The Reverend Richard Coles will present the winner with the award and a prize of £5000.
Since its inception in 1960 the RNA has promoted excellence in romantic fiction. RNA Chair, Nicola Cornick, commented, "The breadth of fiction which features on this year's short list is a brilliant illustration of what a broad spectrum the romance genre encompasses. I'm delighted that this year's contending novels explore some profound and thought provoking themes. Our awards celebrate the many shades of romantic fiction, highlighting the wide appeal of the genre and some of the best examples from the last year."
David Headley, Managing Director of Goldsboro Books, commented, "The range of themes explored in this year's shortlist is a testament to the many facets of the romantic fiction genre. Goldsboro Books is delighted to be sponsoring the awards for a third year, and bringing these diverse and entertaining books to readers' attention."
Previous winners have included Joanna Trollope, Freya North, Rosie Thomas, JoJo Moyes and Rosamunde Pilcher.
The 2018 RNA Awards will be announced and presented by the Reverend Richard Coles on 5th March in the Gladstone Library, One Whitehall Place, 2 Whitehall Court, London SW1A 2EJ. The event starts at 6.30pm.
Contemporary Romantic Novel
Epic Romantic Novel
Historical Romantic Novel
Paranormal or Speculative Romantic Novel
Romantic Comedy Novel
RONA Rose for shorter romantic novels
Young Adult Romantic Novel
A list of past winners can be found at www. romanticnovelistsassociation. org