For anyone who doesn’t know about it, the UK’s first romantic fiction convention is going to be taking place at Hunton Park, near Watford in Hertfordshire, from 21-22 October 2011. It will be a weekend celebration of romantic fiction of all kinds, for readers and authors, with author talks and fun activities like chocolate tasting, and a Festival of Romance Ball and Awards on the Saturday evening.
To celebrate the weekend, several literary awards are now in place:
The Festival of Romance Reader Award for Best Romantic Novel
The Festival of Romance Reader Award for Best Historical Novel
The Festival of Romance New Talent Award.
The Best Romantic Novel and Best Historical Novel awards are for novels of romantic fiction published between September 2010 and October 2011 and will be judged exclusively by readers.
The New Talent Award aims to spotlight emerging talent and is open to unpublished writers. The industry expert judges are Donna Condon, senior commissioning editor at Piatkus, and Jane Judd, literary agent at the Jane Judd Literary Agency.
Details of the festival are on the Festival of Romance site.
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