Celebrating romantic fiction in all its forms is the first Festival of Romance which takes place on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd October at Hunton Park, near Watfort, Herts
During the two days, there will be a programme based around romantic fiction, giving readers the chance to meet favourite and new authors. Also included will be a chocolate tasting and the Festival of Romance Ball and Awards on the Saturday. What more could a romantic ask for?
The three new literary awards will be: the Festival of Romance Reader Award for Best Romantic Novel, the Festival of Romance Reader Award for Best Historical Novel and 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 Best Historical Novel award is for a work of romantic fiction set in the past and the Best Romantic Novel award for a romantic novel with a contemporary setting.
The New Talent Award aims to spotlight emerging talent and is open to unpublished writers.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.
Full details of the rules can be downloaded here
I'm definitely going to do my best to be there.