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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Cover Contest

Want to show off your book's brilliant cover art? Now's your chance! The Cover Contest is for cover art from RWA members' books (10K+) published in 2014. Contest opens for entries 7 April 2015 and closes 8 May 2015. No entry fee. Winners will be decided by popular vote among RWA members. Voting will be held on the RWA website 19 May - 3 June. Sign in to the member's section to read more.

Cover contest

Online Writing Courses (OWLS)

AN UNCONVENTIONAL GUIDE TO FASCINATING CHARACTERS by C T Green. Elizabeth Bennett, the heroine of Pride and Prejudice remains one of Jane Austen’s best-loved characters, and many romance readers still see her as a compelling female character. But what makes Lizzy Bennett so popular with readers over a hundred years later? This workshop deals with an essential part of romance writing: Characterisation. Starts 1st June.

Online Writing Lists OWLS

2015 Conference - Melbourne - 21 – 23 August 2015

Registration now open! Please read the important pre-registration information before registering. Early bird prices end 30th April.

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

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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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May 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