Imbali Award

Glass Statue Imbali Award

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Imbali is the Zulu word for ‘flower’, and ROSA’s Imbali award celebrates not only our African roots, but also the floral associations of our name and logo.

2022

The Imbali Award for Excellence in Romance Writing 2022 was awarded to Robin Ash and Tamsyn Bester for their novel, #Ubergasm
 
 
 

 

Daar was nie ‘n Imbali Toekenning vir Uitmuntendheid in die Skryf van Romanses in 2022

2021

Author Sophia Karlson holding the Imbali Award

The Imbali Award for Excellence in romance writing of 2021 was awarded to Sophia Karlson for her novel, The Shrink.

 

Die Imbali Toekenning vir Uitmuntendheid in die Skryf van Romanses is aan Didi Potgieter toegeken vir haar roman As Dit Voel Soos Liefde.

2020

The Imbali Award for Excellence in romance writing of 2020 was awarded to Tanya Wilde for her novel Not Quite a Rogue

Die Imbali Toekenning vir Uitmuntendheid in die Skryf van Romanses is aan René van Zyl toegeken vir haar roman Storm Vol Liefde.

2019

Author Romy Sommer holding the Imbali Award

The Imbali Award for Excellence in romance writing of 2019 was awarded to Romy Sommer for her novel Last of the Summer Vines

Die Imbali Toekenning vir Uitmuntendheid in die Skryf van Romanses is aan Leandra Naude toegeken vir haar roman Reis Deur Die Hart.

Author Leandra Naude holding the Imbali Award

2018

Author Natasha Anders with the Imbali Award

The Imbali Award for Excellence in Romance Writing (English) was awarded to Natasha Anders for her novel, The Wing Man.

Die Imbali Toekenning vir Uitmuntendheid in die Skryf van Romanses (Afrikaans) is aan Didi Potgieter togeken vir haar roman Liefde vir ‘n Ridder.

 
Author Didi Potgieter holding the Imbali Award

2017

ROSA ran its second Imbali Award of Excellence contest in 2017. The contest celebrated the best romantic novels published between January 2016 and December 2016.

The award was judged by a panel of book bloggers and reviewers, both local and international, and the winners were announced at the ROSA Gala Dinner in Johannesburg on Saturday 21st October 2017.

Rae Rivers holding the Imabali Award
The Imbali Award for Excellence in romance writing 2017 was awarded to Rae Rivers for her novel, Ethan.

 

Die Imbali Toekenning vir Uitmuntendheid in die Skryf van Romanses is aan Sophia Kapp toegeken vir haar roman, Moeilikheid met ‘n Meermin.

2016

Suzanne Jeffries holding the Imbali award

In 2016, ROSA ran its first contest for the Imbali Award for Excellence in Romance Writing. In its inaugural year, this contest was open to only 15 entries from around Southern Africa, in English only. The entries were judged by a panel of independent book bloggers and reviewers.

The winner and runner-up were announced at the gala dinner at ROSA’s third annual conference, held at Melose Place in Johannesburg on Saturday 24th September. The award was presented by the conference’s keynote speaker, international author Mary Jo Putney.

The first runner-up was Joanne Macgregor, with her YA novel Scarred. The winner of ROSA’s first ever Imbali Award was announced as Suzanne Jefferies, with her novel The Joy of Comfort Eating.

Read our interview with the winner, Suzanne Jefferies, here.