The Diamond Heart®
Unveiling the Diamond Heart Award – A New Chapter in Honoring Excellence
inception, Romance Writers of America (RWA) has proudly presented an
array of awards in recognition of romance writing excellence and
showcasing the remarkable talent and creativity of our authors.
From the distinguished RITA Awards to the esteemed Golden Heart Awards
and beyond, RWA’s yearly accolades celebrate and elevate individuals who
are passionate about RWA and the romance genre.
This is why we write to you today with an update on a significant
development regarding THE VIVIAN® Award. With the encouragement of the
award’s namesake, Vivian Stephens, the RWA Board of Directors has
approved a new name for the published author’s contest
– the Diamond Heart Award. The Board is excited about the positive
impact this change will have as we continue to celebrate the
extraordinary richness and variety of our genre. This decision reflects
RWA’s dedication to fostering an environment that embraces
the diverse voices and experiences within our romance writing family.
While this award undergoes a transformation, Vivian Stephens' name will
remain closely tied to our community. Her legacy will continue to be
honored through the dedicated RWA industry service award, recognizing
her enduring contributions to our shared journey.
We appreciate your partnership and support as we take this meaningful
step for all romance writers. RWA remains committed to celebrating your
talent, passion, and unique voices that make our community thrive.
Thank you for being an integral part of the Romance Writers of America.
We look forward to sharing more exciting updates with you soon.