Romantic Novelists' Association

Finalists: The Contemporary Romantic Novel Award 2024

19 May 2024

Congratulations to all the finalists for the Contemporary Romantic Novel Award! For stories about the here and now, where romance forms a substantive part of the story; any novel set predominantly in the last fifty years.

Jaimie Admans for A Midnight Kiss on Ever After Street:
I’m absolutely over the moon to be shortlisted for an RNA award and I still can’t quite believe it! It’s a huge honour to be included alongside so many other wonderful books and lovely authors!
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Liam Brown for Evergreens:
is my first ever attempt at a love story, and I truly stepped out of my comfort zone to write it. To be shortlisted for this award – which has recognised so many fantastic authors over the years – is beyond my wildest expectations, and I’m deeply honoured and delighted that it has resonated with the judges.
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Annabel French for Summer at the Chateau:
I’m absolutely overjoyed to be shortlisted for the contemporary romance award! The RNA is an amazing organisation and to be part of such a prestigious event is a dream come true. I still can’t quite believe it’s true! Facebook


Sarah Morgan for Summer Wedding: 
I’m honoured to be shortlisted for this award, particularly given the standard of the competition. I’m grateful to the RNA who work tirelessly to promote romantic fiction, and to the judges. There has never been such a need for romance fiction, a fact supported by the sales. Our stories bring joy, comfort, distraction and hope to many and I’m delighted that my book resonated with readers.

Jessica Redland for The Sttart of Something Wonderful:
I actually squealed when I heard that ‘The Start of Something Wonderful’ had been shortlisted for the contemporary Romance Novel of the Year. This is such a special story to me, based in a setting which I love and have dreamed of writing about for years, so it means a lot that it has captured the heart of readers too. I’m a graduate of the New Writers’ Scheme which gave me the belief in my writing abilities and the confidence to submit to publishers. Having a book now shortlisted as Romance Novel of the Year by that same organisation is such a thrill. I was shortlisted a couple of years ago in the Christmas/festive category with ‘Snowflakes Over The Starfish Café’ and, even though I didn’t win that year, the honour of being a finalist has stayed with me and remains of my proudest moments. Whether I win this year or not, I’m so delighted to have been shortlisted again, especially with so many entries and such incredible talent out there.
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