The Romantic Novelists’ Association today announced the winners for the prestigious 2020 Romantic Novel Awards, and author Milly Johnson was presented with an Outstanding Achievement Award.
Sadly, Irish shortlisted authors Hazel Gaynor, Jessica Thorne and Lucinda Riley missed out on any of the big prizes.
The RNA’s awards are the only national literary prizes that recognise excellence in the genre of romantic fiction. In 2020 they comprise the Goldsboro Books Contemporary Romantic Novel Award, the Goldsboro Books Historical Romantic Novel Award, the Romantic Comedy Novel Award, the Sapere Books Popular Romantic Fiction Award, the Jackie Collins Award for Romantic Thrillers, the Romantic Saga Award, the Fantasy Romantic Novel Award, the Libertà Books Shorter Romantic Novel Award and the Katie Fforde Debut Romantic Novel Award.
RNA Chair Alison May said, “The quality of the shortlists for the awards this year was breathtaking, and the winning novels demonstrate the breadth and strength of romantic fiction.”
Romantic Novel of the Year Category Winners
The winners were:
Lorna Cook, The Forgotten Village, Avon, HarperCollins
Winner, The Katie Fforde Debut Romantic Novel Award
(for the best romantic novel by a first-time author)
Jenni Fletcher, Miss Amelia’s Mistletoe Marquess, Mills & Boon Historical
Winner, The Libertà Books Shorter Romantic Novel Award
(for the best shorter romantic novel)
Tania Crosse, The Street of Broken Dreams, Aria Fiction, Head of Zeus
Winner, The Romantic Saga Award
(for the best romantic novel featuring saga elements of characters overcoming social adversity, usually set in the past)
Mary Jayne Baker, A Question of Us, Aria Fiction, Head of Zeus
Winner, The Romantic Comedy Novel Award
(for the best romantic novel with consistent wit and humour)
Samantha Tonge, Knowing You, Canelo
Winner, The Jackie Collins Romantic Thriller Award
(for the best romantic novel with thriller, mystery, crime or suspense elements)
Ruth Hogan, Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel, Two Roads
Winner, The Fantasy Romantic Novel Award
(for the best romantic novel that includes paranormal or speculative elements)
Sue Moorcroft, A Summer to Remember, Avon, HarperCollins
Winner, The Goldsboro Books Contemporary Romantic Novel Award
(for the best romantic novel set in the present world or society)
Natasha Lester, The French Photographer, Sphere
Winner, The Goldsboro Books Historical Romantic Novel Award
(for novels set in a period before 1970)
Anstey Harris, The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton, Simon & Schuster
Winner, The Sapere Books Popular Romantic Fiction Award
(for the most commercially successful and popular romantic novel of 2019 as voted for by book bloggers, librarians and booksellers)
Outstanding Achievement Award
Milly Johnson’s books are published by Simon & Schuster, and she is one of the Top 10 Female Fiction authors in the UK, having written 17 novels and with millions of copies of her books sold across the world. She was chosen as one of the authors for The Reading Agency’s Quick Reads 2020 campaign. Her novella The Little Dreams of Lara Cliffe, published 20th February, is a story of hope, resilience and the importance of community, kindness and friendship.
Milly’s life, like her writing, shows that with drive and an indomitable spirit, life really can be magical. Milly was born, bred and still lives in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.