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RRW Will Partner With Elisa Rolle In This Year’s Rainbow Awards

There are going to be a few changes with this year’s Rainbow Awards, and one of them will be that Elisa Rolle has partnered with RRW (Rainbow Romance Writers). RRW is a chapter of RWA, Romance Writers of America.

From my inbox:

The 2013 Elisa Rolle Rainbow Awards are an annual contest celebrating outstanding work in LGBT fiction and nonfiction. Hosted and owned by blogger Elisa Rolle, the contest is open to all authors of work containing LGBT fictional characters and work chronicling the true stories of LGBT persons. For this the contest’s fifth year, some new rules have been instigated, and a new partner has emerged to assist Elisa. The Rainbow Romance Writers, a chapter of the Romance Writers of America, will partner with Elisa in the management and coordination of this contest. Despite RRW’s status as a chapter for romance writers, their participation in no way changes the Rainbow Awards and do not make them exclusively a romance contest. One need not be a member of RRW or RWA to participate in this contest.

For those who don’t know, Elisa Rolle began the Rainbow Awards alone, and has been running everything  alone while the event has been growing and moving forward all this time. I’ve been a juror since the first year, and I plan to be one this year as well…and to support the event because I think it’s important for LGBT authors.

As a side note, I’d like to mention that I think it’s interesting to see this partnership with RRW. And this is for specific reasons. Almost one year ago today, I posted about a debacle involving another chapter of RWA, RWI (Romance Writers Ink). RWI was having a contest called More than Magic and they decided to ban LGBT fiction…”no same-sex entries.” The fact that RWI actually used a hyphen in same sex made me shudder for a moment.

In any event, I wrote a very strong post about this mess last year, you can read here. 

While I’m not a member of RWA or RRW, and honestly don’t know much about them, I still plan to be part of the jury for The Rainbow Awards in spite of what happened last year with RWI and the More than Magic contest where gay people were discriminated against in one of the most blatant ways I’ve seen in a long time. I’ve calmed down a little since then (time does heal). RWA is a large organization with many chapters and I don’t think one particular chapter represents the entire organization. And, I’ve always been a supporter of the way RWA holds true to its goal in order to maintain certain standards with romance as a genre. 

I’m not sure I fully understand why (or how) RRW is involved in The Rainbow Awards, being that The Rainbow Awards are not specifically centered on romance (there are all kinds of LGBT sub-genres in this award). RWA is very strict about holding true to romance as a genre and doesn’t like to mix things up, as I stated in this earlier post about changes RWA made with the RITA awards. And RRW, from what I gather, is a chapter of RWA and I would assume they have to follow certain rules. But I could be wrong about that. And as you can read above, there won’t be any changes to the sub-genre submissions for The Rainbow Awards, and it’s not exclusive to romance.

I’ll post more about this year’s Rainbow Awards as I see things unfold.




For the first time in the history of the Rainbow Awards, the Rainbow Romance Writers, a chapter of Romance Writers of America, will help curate the awards and provide assistance to Elisa. The following language clarifies RRW’s role in this process.

RRW will:

– help in the organization of entries, collect payments (using the website shopping cart)
– assist in the finding and organization of judges
– advise and consult with Elisa on issues that arise within the awards at her discretion
– use the resources and talents of RRW and RWA as is deemed appropriate by the RRW board
– focus on the romance-centered elements as per their bylaws
– yield to Elisa’s decisions as owner and founder of the contest
– help ordering winner certificates and sending them
– begin a committee/pool of volunteers and helpers for Elisa

RRW will not:

– own the contest
– take over Elisa’s role as the head of the contest
– get overly involved in the non-romance categories
– engage in any act/promise which goes against its or RWA’s bylaws

RWA, Tolerance and Diversity, Revision to Rules?

For those who recall, in February there was an issue over banning LGBT material in a contest that was being run by RWI, which is a chapter of RWA. I posted about it here, with links. Ultimately, the contest was cancelled abruptly and the passion expressed with regard to the “issue” died down fast. Internet issues like this often have short life spans. There’s an incident, everyone jumps on board with an opinion, and then it’s over three days later never to be discussed again.

Well I’ve been waiting until the end of March to see if anything would happen and if RWA would at least address the issue. I had to search around because I didn’t see it mentioned anywhere, at least it wasn’t mentioned as loudly as it was when the contest banned the LGBT material. I did find something interesting. RRW, Rainbow Romance Writers, did post on March 21st, here.

And in this link, you’ll find even more details that explain the situation in depth. I do know this was a huge move for RWA and I’m not going to express any personal opinions yet. At least it’s progress.

I didn’t see much else out there written or posted anywhere, and I’d like to thank Heidi Cullinan for taking the time to do this. And for taking the time to follow up on something I’m sure most have forgotten about by now. She really did nail it and anything I would write here in addition would only take away from her post…which I totally agree with.

Please check out both links and read about the issue yourselves. It’s nice to see someone so passionate and working so hard with good intentions.

CONTEST: 2010 Rainbow Romance Award for Excellence in Romantic Fiction

For anyone out there writing M/M romance, you might want to check this out. The Rainbow Romance Award is taking entries from now until the end of August. Rainbow Romance Writers is Chapter #217 of the Romance Writers of America, and this contest is open to everyone who writes m/m romance.

Personally, as an author who has been writing m/m fiction for almost twenty years now, I couldn’t be more thrilled to see this happen. I entered one of my own books, and I’m looking forward to seeing the winners whether I win or not.

It’s a simple procedure and it’s not costly like other awards. You follow this link and there’s a $15.00 entry fee. If I can do it, anyone can.