The WisRWA Board is excited to announce a new feature on our refreshed website called the WisRWA Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame celebrates recipients of member awards and authors who have published at least 10 books. Let’s take a look at what you can find in the Hall of Fame.
Ana Leigh Lifetime Achievement Award
The Ana Leigh Lifetime Achievement Award is named for the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Ana Leigh. It is the highest honor Wisconsin Romance Writers of American bestows and is presented to a living author in recognition of significant contributions to WisRWA and the romance genre. Recipients must be a WisRWA member for the 10 years prior to receiving the award and their career in romantic fiction must span a minimum of 15 years. Recipients must have promoted the romance genre, taught romance in fiction, published romantic fiction or served WisRWA.
Donna K. Smith Chapter Service Award
The Donna K. Smith Chapter Service Award is named for the first recipient of the award in 1996. It recognizes a member or members for their service to WisRWA above and beyond expectations from the previous year. The member is voted on by their fellow members and the award is presented at one of WisRWA’s annual events.
Alysse Rasmussen and Rose Marie Ferris Honor Roll
The Alysse Rasmussen and Rose Marie Ferris Honor Roll is named after the two founders of WisRWA. It recognizes WisRWA members who have published at least 10 books. Books are defined as a work of romantic fiction of at least 20,000 words that is not a reprint, alternate format from its original publication, or part of an anthology. The Honor Roll is broken down into various tiers from Bronze to Diamond based on the number of books published.
We couldn’t be more excited to celebrate our members with the newly created Hall of Fame. To find it, hover your mouse over Membership in the banner above and click Hall of Fame.
by: Molly Maka
Molly Maka (she/her) is an avid history buff, combining her deep knowledge of World War II with her passion for writing. Her romantic fiction is embedded within the reality and deprivations of the Second World War, and are filled with strong women and men. When Molly isn’t writing about happily ever afters on the battlefield, she can be found going on adventures with her husband and young son, sharing her love of vintage clothing and traditional wet sets, time traveling through historical reenactments, and singing up in the stratosphere.
Molly is a member of Romance Writers of America and currently serves as the president of the Wisconsin Romance Writers of America.