is the big event of the year for graduates of the Romantic Novelists Association’s New Writers’ Scheme. For authors who graduated with a book that
went through the scheme they will be waiting to hear if they have won the
prestigious Joan Hessayon Award.

Joan Hessayon Award is eagerly followed by all RNA members. For many the
event brings back memories of the time they too graduated to become full members
of the RNA. Your blogging team recall their own graduation with fondness
knowing how the contenders feel and what great times are in store for them as
they become traditionally published authors.

The shortlist is made up of authors whose debut novels have been
accepted for publication after passing through the Romantic Novelists Association’s New Writers’ Scheme. Each year 250 places are offered to unpublished
writers writing in the romance genre. As part of the scheme, they can submit a
complete manuscript for critique by one of the Association’s published authors
as well as attend RNA events which offer opportunities to meet and network with
publishers, agents and other published authors.
The Award will be presented at the RNA Summer Party on Thursday
19th May at the Royal Over-Seas League, Park Place, London SW1A 1LR
The Joan Hessayon Award is generously sponsored by gardening
expert Dr. David Hessayon OBE, in honour of his late wife Joan, who was a
longstanding member of the RNA and a great supporter of its New Writers’

Last year’s winner: Brigid Coady
The New Writers’ Scheme has been run by the RNA since 1962 and
unique among professional writing associations. It aims to encourage
talent in the writing of romantic novels that reflect all aspects of
love and life,
contemporary or historical.

Manuscripts submitted under the scheme are from unpublished
authors and are read by an experienced writer or editor who provides invaluable
feedback. Any manuscript that is subsequently published as a debut novel is
eligible for the Joan Hessayon Award.
year we have fourteen worthy contenders for the award. Each author has been
interviewed for the RNA blog and in the weeks leading up to the RNA Summer Party
we will be running the interviews.
The full shortlist for 2016 is:

Heidi Swain
The Cherry Tree Cafe
(Simon & Schuster)

Deirdre Palmer
Remarkable Things
(Crooked Cat Publishing)

Bella Osborne
It Started at Sunset Cottage
(Harper Impulse)

Helen J Rolfe
The Friendship Tree
(Crooked Cat Publishing)

Julie Roberts
The Hidden Legacy
(Accent Press)

Clare Harvey
The Gunner Girls
(Simon & Schuster)

RJ Gould
A Street Cafe Named Desire

(Accent Press)

Lynne Shelby
French Kissing
(Accent Press)

Ros Rendle
Sense and French Ability
(Endeavour Press)

Catherine Miller
Waiting for You

Sonja Price
The Giants Look Down
(Robert Hale)

Sophie Claire
Her Forget-Me-Not Ex
(Accent Press)

Debbie Flint
Take a Chance on Me
(Choc Lit)

Emma Davies
Letting in Light
(Amazon Publishing)

Good luck to all contenders. We look forward to reading your
interviews and cheering you on at the Summer Party.
Elaine & Natalie.

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    Liz Harris 2 years ago

    Hearty congratulations to everyone on the list!!

    • Author
      debbie flint 2 years ago

      thanks all! Not long to wait! Straight off to Bristol Crimefest after that! See you thurs liz? x

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    Sue Moorcroft 2 years ago

    Huge congrats, everyone! 🙂

  3. Author
    Karen Aldous 2 years ago

    Huge congratulations to you all. Such a fabulous achievement. I shall be there to cheer you all on xx

  4. Author
    Karen Aldous 2 years ago

    Huge congratulations to you all. Such a fabulous achievement. I shall be there to cheer you all on xx

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    Laura E. James 2 years ago

    Many congratulations to everyone on the list – it's a huge achievement. So lovely to see so many friends' names 😀 Off to book my train ticket right now …

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    Viv 2 years ago

    Well done, everyone. What a great scheme the NWS is!

  7. Author
    Sheila Riley 2 years ago

    Congratulations to you all, it is a great achievement. Well done

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    Elaine Everest 2 years ago

    Good luck to you all. We look forward to sharing your interviews with members in the days that follow. Thank you for answering our questions.

    Elaine & Natalie

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    Chrissie Bradshaw 2 years ago

    Well done, you're all winners!

  10. Author
    Heidi Swain 2 years ago

    Thank you for all the fabulous comments and congratulations. I wondered why my phone was pinging at work all day! Good luck to everyone on the list. It is an honour to find myself amongst you. See you at the party! H x

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    Jen Gilroy 2 years ago

    Congratulations to all! Will be cheering you on virtually from Canada.

  12. Author

    Many congratulations to all the contenders. 🙂

  13. Author
    Wendy's Writing 2 years ago

    Good luck to everyone ?

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    Rae Cowie 2 years ago

    Congratulations to everyone on such a wonderful achievement! 🙂

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