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  • 'Novels and novellas between 30,000 and 60,000 words where the love story is the main focus of the novel and the end of the book is emotionally satisfying and optimistic. Novels may be set in any place or time. Love scenes may be present or implied but details are not explicit.'

    This award was inaugurated in 2009.

    Source: Romance Writers of Australia website,
    Sighted: 18/08/2009

Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 2012

winner y separately published work icon Molly Cooper's Dream Date Barbara Hannay , Richmond : Mills and Boon , 2011 Z1880949 2011 single work novel romance

'What do you do when you realise the one you want is half a world away, living in your home, sleeping in your bed?

'Wow! This is amazing! I've house-swapped my little cottage in Australia for a bachelor pad in Chelsea. I can't wait to explore London. Most of all I'm hoping to meet my dream man, a perfect English gentleman! Though I'm starting to wonder whether Patrick, my house-swapper (who's now living in my house!) might actually be him. We've been emailing, and he sounds gorgeous. Imagine what sparks could fly if we met in person. I just might have to make that happen.' (Trove)

Year: 2010

winner y separately published work icon Marriage Reunited : Baby on the Way Sharon Archer , Chatswood : Harlequin Mills and Boon , 2009 Z1697727 2009 single work novel romance 'Dr Liz Campbell thought her marriage to her gorgeous firefighter husband was over. Jack knows he's the man for Liz, and now he's back to prove it to her. When one wonderful night brings about a little miracle, Jack is determined to be the ideal husband ... and father!' (From the publisher's website.)
winner y separately published work icon The Doctor's Rebel Knight Melanie Milburne , Chatswood : Harlequin Mills and Boon , 2009 Z1779592 2009 single work novel romance 'Emotionally and physically scarred, Dr. Frances Nin has come to Pelican Bay in search of tranquillity. But motorcycle-riding local rebel Sergeant Jacob Hawke gets her pulse rate spiking! One glimpse of the heat in Jacob's icy-blue eyes and Fran's fragile heart starts to bloom. Jacob knows that Fran questions her own medical ability, but the residents of Pelican Bay are in desperate need of a doctor, and she would be perfect. This gorgeous cop must convince Fran that it's not only the locals who want her to stay, he wants her by his side, to love, cherish and protect forever!' (Trove record)

Year: 2009

winner y separately published work icon His Island Bride Marion Lennox , Chatswood : Harlequin Mills and Boon , 2008 Z1615321 2008 single work novel romance

'Hotshot doctor Sam Renaldo has traveled to Ocean Spray to make amends for his twin brother, who abandoned a woman pregnant with his babies. But Sam is immediately struck by Susie Mayne. She is the island's only medic, and a single mother of twins. She gives everything she's got.

'Susie is equally struck by Sam. Yet while he's nothing like Grant, he is still Grant's twin brother. How can she trust Sam not to break her and the twins' hearts? But Sam knows that Susie and her kids could give him the love and family he's always wanted, and he'll do anything to have the chance to take care of them forever.' (Publication summary)