Romance writers group cancels awards amid racism controversy

I learned two things today: 1) The Romance Writers of America cancelled their yearly RITAs awards due to a raging racism problem, and, 2) there was a yearly awards event called the RITAs.

“Due to recent events in RWA, many in the romance community have lost faith in RWA’s ability to administer the 2020 RITA contest fairly, causing numerous judges and entrants to cancel their participation,” the organization said in a statement Monday. “The contest will not reflect the breadth and diversity of 2019 romance novels/novellas and thus will not be able to fulfill its purpose of recognizing excellence in the genre. For this reason, the Board has voted to cancel the contest for the current year. The plan is for next year’s contest to celebrate 2019 and 2020 romances.”

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