May 22, 2020

In a surprise move, yesterday the Romance Writers of America Board of Directors announced the introduction of a brand-new award, The Vivian, “named after RWA founder Vivian Stephens, whose trailblazing efforts created a more inclusive publishing landscape and helped bring romance novels to the masses.”

Equally surprising, RWA announced that they would be ending their annual RITA Awards, which had been perceived as the Oscars of romance writing, but had recently been tarnished by its non-inclusiveness over its 30 year history. The RITA awar...

May 20, 2020

As the annual book awards season rolls in, the innovative hybrid publisher Riverdale Avenue Books announced that four of their titles have received awards.

Riverdale Avenue Books won a Bronze Medal from The Independent Publisher Book Awards, affectionately called the IPPY Awards, in Erotica for No Safewords 2, edited by Laura Antoniou, and a second Bronze Medal in Horror for The Armageddon Chord, by Jeremy Wagner.

The Golden Crown Awards, the leading lesbian literary awards, choose Find Someone to Love by Divya Sood as a Finalist in...

March 14, 2020

The Ripped Bodice, the country’s first all-romance bookstore (located in Los Angeles) has published its fourth annual diversity in romance report, and the news is still pretty dismal. 

Sisters Bea and Leah Koch surveyed 18 publishers of romance and only one had improved the number of books written by Authors of Color this past year. The report focuses on the race of the authors being published by both the Big Five publishing companies and independent romance publishers, but does not cover indie authors. According to this most recent survey,...

March 11, 2020

It’s that time of the year again, folks. LAMBDA has announced their finalists yesterday for the 2020 year award ceremony in 24 different categories. Each book Is judged by over 60 judges, literary professionals who “spent countless hours considering a record-breaking number of submissions.

As LAMDA notes, “For many LGBTQ authors, the Lammys were among the first awards to record their work,” which is important, considering many of the bigger publishing companies are not putting in the work to properly sell nor even recognize their diverse tit...

February 25, 2020

With the closing of Romantic Times in 2017, and the cancelling of the 2019 RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America this year, many romance writers and aspiring romance writers wondered if there would be any awards for romance writing this year.

Luckily two eccentric, romance-loving sisters had been working on an alternative award, which premiered just in time—the inaugural Ripped Bodice Awards for Excellence in Romantic Fiction. 

Every year, 16 judges made up of romance authors, experts, bloggers, podcasters, booksellers, journalists, and...

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