Two self-published titles have won awards in the 2018 Romance Writers of Australia (RWA) Romantic Book of the Year awards, known as the ‘RUBYs’. Ruining Miss Wrotham by Emily Larkin won the long romance category; and The Girl and the Ghost by Ebony McKenna, won the romantic elements category. The awards were announced on 18 August at the RWA conference in Sydney. For the full list of winners click here.
The Sisters in Crime Davitt Award winners were also announced in August, with No Limits (Bearded Lady Press), Ellie Marney’s self-published book about the regional ice trade, highly commended in the YA category. For the full list of winners click here.
The shortlists for the 2018 Queensland Literary Awards (QLAs) were announced on 3 September. White Woman Black Heart: Journey Home to Old Mapoon by Barbara Miller (CreateSpace) has been shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Award for a Work of State Significance. Brisbane Houses with Gardens by Beth Wilson (self-published) has also been shortlisted for the 2018 People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at the State Library of Queensland on 23 October. For more information about the awards, visit the website here.
US author Douglas Richards’s self-published book Seeker is a finalist in the Best Fiction Book category in the Digital Book World (DBW) Awards. The awards recognise ‘worldwide achievement in publishing’ and the winners will be announced on the opening night of the DBW conference, which runs from 2-4 October in Nashville, USA. See the full list of categories and finalists here.