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the 2017 XO Romance Prize winner

Guest judge Alexandra Nahlous called On the Same Page “A wonderful, captivating story about a writer desperate to keep her identity hidden, and the man determined to expose her – in every way.”

Penelope Janu says, “It’s an honour to have been selected as the 2017 winner of the XO Romance Prize, particularly given the strengths of the other writers in the shortlist. I am happy that On the Same Page, a very Australian novel, has found a home with Brio Books, a very Australian publisher.”

Penelope receives a $5000 advance and a publishing contract with XO Romance. On the Same Page will be released later in 2018

The inaugural XO Romance Prize winner Jean Flynn received extensive media coverage, including TV and radio interviews, on publication of her debut, Lovesick, in August 2017 and a very positive response from booksellers.

XO Romance would also like to congratulate all the shortlisted entrants.

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Inaugural XO Romance Prize Winner 2016

Xoum Publishing is delighted to announce the winner of their inaugural XO Romance Prize is Jean Flynn for her novel Lovesick. Guest judge Alexandra Nahlous called Lovesick ‘a witty and fun page-turner about a lovelorn medical receptionist seemingly destined to make bad choices’. Jean receives a $5000 cash prize and a publishing contract with XO Romance. Lovesick will be published in August to coincide with the 2017 RWA annual conference.

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