First Coast Romance Writers, an affiliate of Romance Writers of America®, is an organization for both published and unpublished writers, as well as any individuals involved in the writing/publishing industry. The membership includes writers of all levels, from those working on their first manuscripts to award-winning authors. The chapter is dedicated to promoting excellence in romantic fiction through monthly meetings and workshops in a comfortable forum where published and unpublished writers share knowledge about the constantly evolving publishing industry. FCRW strives to help writers become published and establish careers with innovative programs, networking opportunities and pertinent information on effective marketing techniques for members’ novels.

Congratulations to the 2016 NERFA Contest Winners!

Contemporary Series Romance
Rebecca Hunter for Stockholm Diaries, Caroline

Contemporary Single Title Romance
Penny Watson for A Taste of Heaven

Erotic Romance
Christina James for Operation: Desire Me (Operation Series Book 3)

Paranormal and Futuristic
Debra Jess for Blood Surfer: A Thunder City Novel, Book 1

Historical/Regency Romance
Terri Brisbin for Stolen by the Highlander

Inspirational Romance
Stacy Monson for Dance of Grace (Chain of Lakes Book 2)

Novel with Romantic Elements
Deeanne Gist for Tiffany Girl: A Novel

Anthea Lawson for A Duke for Midwinter: A Victorian Christmas Novella

Romantic Suspense
Lena Diaz for EXIT Strategy: An EXIT Inc. Thriller

Young Adult Romance
Jessica Ruddick for Letting Go

Best First Book
Katrina Snow for Forbidden

The BEACON contest for aspiring writers is now full and closed to further entries! Thank you and good luck to all who entered. Click on the Beacon contest page for details.


October 8

Lisa Kessler – The Big Black Moment
Lisa Kessler is an award winning author of dark paranormal fiction. Her debut novel, Night Walker, won a San Diego Book Award for Best Published Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror as well as the Romance Through the Ages Award for Best Paranormal and Best First Book. Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award.
For more info, see our WORKSHOPS page, or email programs@firstcoastromancewriters.com