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Chapter Liaison – RWA National Board

I’ve declared my candidacy for the RWA National Board’s Chapter Liaison position.

I joined RWA. June of 2008 unaware of what the organization would truly provide me over the coming years. I became a member of several chapters: RWA Online, Fantasy Futuristic and Paranormal, Elements of RWA, Passionate Ink, and Toronto Romance Writers (my local chapter). Each gave me opportunities to learn and grow. I met amazing writers along the way.

Since 2008, I’ve published nine romances in multiple genres and lengths. I’ve worked with a few publishers and self-published. I’ve developed and delivered two workshops.

I’m a firm believer in service and giving back. In 2012, I cofounded of The Cultural, Interracial, and Multicultural Special Interest Chapter of Romance Writers of America. I’ve been chapter president since its establishment.

RWA’s mission to advance the professional interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy seems even more critical in the rapidly changing publishing landscape. Supporting the organization’s ability to deliver on its mission is vital to the future of its chapters and the organization as a whole. The opportunity for members to grow and learn from each other whether it be craft, career etc… elevates us as professionals and people.

Fostering author support and advocacy is important to me. Who better to speak for us than we ourselves?

I’m excited about the road ahead and wish all those that declare their candidacy the best.

The Abalone – Unpublished Authors

Hi Everyone!

The Abalone Awards for Unpublished Authors is now open!

Brush off those manuscripts and get the ready, we have a great line-up of final judges again this year. Visit our website for all the details: AA_CIMRWA

Contest closes for entries on March 17th.

Adrienne Trent
2014 Abalone Coordinator

RWA 2013 “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing

This year I will be signing and I hope you will come out to support this great cause.

2013 “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing
Wednesday, July 17
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atrium Ballroom A–C (Atrium level)

To learn more go to:

Only seven days left to enter The First Annual Abalone Awards

AA_CIMRWA***Permission to Forward***

 The First Annual Abalone Awards

for Published and Unpublished Writers


The Cultural, Interracial, and Multicultural Special Interest Chapter of RWA is pleased to announce we are extending our submission deadline for the first annual Abalone Awards. The purpose of The Abalone Awards contest is to professionally uplift and support writers and recognize outstanding unpublished and published works of Ethno-Cultural Romance.

The submission deadline has been extended to February 17, 2013 at midnight PST.

Entry Fee(s): CIMRWA members – $15.00, RWA members – $20.00, All others – $25.00.


The Abalone Awards for Unpublished Writers (AAUW) Judges


Contemporary Single Title ***Shannon Criss,  Assistant Editor, Harlequin Kimani
Contemporary Series ***Brenda Chin, Senior Editor, Harlequin Blaze
Erotic Romance ***Mercedes Fernandez, Assistant Editor, Kensington Publishing Corporation
Romance Novella ***Whitney Mae, Associate Editor, Ellora’s Cave
Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Romance  ***Christa Desir, Editor, Samhain Publishing
Historical Romance  ***Mary Murray, Content and Managing Line Editor, Lyrical Press
Romantic Suspense ***Kate Studer, Editorial Assistant, Harlequin MIRA
Inspirational Romance  ***Tracy Sherrod, Senior Editor, Harlequin Kimani Romance
Young Adult Romance ***Selena James, Executive Editor, Dafina Books at Kensington



Thank you,

a.c. Mason


CIM Special Interest Chapter of RWA

Weaving tales of love that dissolve barriers



Ethno-Cultural Romance: stories that focus primarily on the romantic relationship and revolves around Cultural, Interracial, or Multicultural aspects of the character(s), location(s) or theme(s).

Cultural: of a particular social, ethnic, religious group; character(s), location or theme(s) of a SINGLE CULTURAL
group (such as Native American, African American, Israeli, Hispanic, Iraqi, Irish… and other cultural groups)

Interracial: conducted, involving, or existing between different races. (MORE THAN ONE racial group.)  Which includes interracial (character(s)) of multiple ethnic, cultural or religions heritage/ancestry

Multicultural: of MORE THAN ONE culture relating to, consisting of, or participating in the cultures of
different countries, ethnic groups, or religions.

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