ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA'S RITA AWARD FOR BEST LONG HISTORICAL ROMANCE NOVEL
1982-2002

Romance novels currently constitute 54% of popular paperback fiction purchased in the United States. More than 41 million people in the U.S. read romance novels. The Romance Writers of America present the RITA Award (or Golden Medallion) each year to works published in several romance categories. The following list gives winners and their works in the category of long historical romance (romances set before the World Wars).

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2002 Connie Brockway The Bridal Season
2001 Jo Beverley Devilish
2000 Patricia Ryan Silken Threads
1999 Connie Brockway My Dearest Enemy
1998 Maggie Osborne Promise of Jennie Jones
1997 Laura Lee Guhrke Conor's Way
1996 Pamela Morsi Something Shady
1995 Mary Jo Putney Dancing on the Wind
1994 Elizabeth Lowell Untamed
1993 Penelope Williamson Keeper of the Dream
1992 Pamela Morsi Courting Miss Hattie
1991 Elizabeth Stewart Where Love Dwells
1990 Julie Garwood The Bride
1989 Jill Marie Landis Sunflower
1988 LaVyrle Spencer The Gamble
1987 Robyn Carr By Right of arms
1986 Francine Rivers Not So Wild a Dream
1985 LaVyrle Spencer Twice Loved
1984 LaVyrle Spencer Hummingbird
1984 Julie Jeffries The Clergyman's Daughter
1983 Mara Seger Defiant Love
1983 LaVyrle Spencer The Endearment
1982 Anna James Day Beyond Destiny
1982 Constance Ravenlock Rendezvous at Gramercy

 
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