Romance Writers of Australia

Romance Writers of Australia (Inc.)

Promoting excellence in romantic fiction
Helping writers become published and maintain strong careers
Providing continuing support and development

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Contests now open

Ruby 2015 The Romantic Book of the Year Award is our premier award. Voted on by Australian readers, this contest is open each year to any Australian or New Zealand romance author who has published a long or short romance novel. Contest Dates: 5 January 2015 - 30th January 2015.
Ella 2015 The Romantic Novella of the Year Award. Contest Dates: 5 January 2015 - 30th January 2015.

RWA Contests

More contests open and coming up

First Kiss.An opportunity to showcase that romantic tension with a 1500-word scene involving your protagonists' first kiss. Contest Dates: 24 January 2015 - Midnight Sydney time, 14 February 2015

RWA Contests

Online Writing Courses (OWLS)

February OWL is now open for registration.

SELF-PUBLISHING WITH CATHLEEN ROSS - Ever wondered if self-publishing is for you but haven’t quite been able to navigate your way through to make the decision? Cathleen Ross has the answers for you in this four-week course starting 2 February.

Online Writing Lists OWLS

Little Gems Cover Contest

Do you have an artistic side? Or perhaps there’s a designer in there waiting to be given an opportunity to shine. Try your hand at designing our next Little Gems Anthology cover. Send as many designs as you like, entry is free. Contest dates: 24th Jan - 14 Feb 2015

Little Gems Cover Contest

2015 Conference - Melbourne - 21 – 23 August 2015

The Romance Writers of Australia annual conference provides unique networking opportunities for writers, editors, agents and other publishing industry professionals with a keen focus on romance publishing. The program features a wide range of workshops designed for writers at every stage of their career and publishing journeys.

Melbourne 2015 - Get Fresh


Melbourne RWA 2015 Conference

The Get Fresh Dream Team are excited to bring you an innovative program of fresh ideas and topics at the 24th Annual RWA Conference in 2015.  Read more...


Benefits of Joining RWA

Romance Writers of Australia is a professional organisation for writers of romantic fiction with more than 900 members, including best-selling authors and hot new talents. Benefits include:

  • Monthly Newsletter: Hearts Talk is packed with craft articles, writing tips and the latest market information
  • Forums: Online loops where writers trade publishing news, advice and research tips
  • Bootcamps: Online intensive writing training for writers with celebrated authors and experts
  • Annual Conference: Workshops, networking and meetings with editors and agents
  • Writing Groups & Critique Partners: Writers are matched with other writers for advice and support
  • Contests: Feedback, prizes and a chance to have your work read by an agent or acquiring editor
  • 5DI: An exciting 5 day live-in mentored program

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Bootcamp, Critique Register, Roadshow... without these I would still be beavering away in isolation writing mistargeted, hybrid, wrong-length manuscripts on flimsy paperstock with irredeemable heroes and overly complicated plots. I cannot imagine a single thing on the 'must have' list that RWAus does not supply to anyone who needs it.  
Nikki Logan

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January New Releases

Members' new releases now showing.

Reader Judges Required

The contest season begins in November and we’re looking for new reader judges to cope with the number of entries for the Emerald, Ella and Ruby competitions. Judges must not be writers or members of RWA. Volunteers must be willing to judge entries in digital format and to return scoresheets via email. If you are interested in becoming a reader judge, please contact

Volunteers needed!

RWA is an organisation entirely run by volunteers. If you'd like to help in some way, email