Ellon writer, Rae Cowie, was delighted to be announced as the winner of the prestigious Elizabeth Goudge award earlier this month.
Rae travelled to London’s Octagon Library of the Queen Mary University to attended the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) Gala dinner which took place from Friday, July 10, to Sunday, July 12.
The dinner attracted some 250 industry professionals and the weekend offered a variety of talks, seminars and workshops.
There was also the opportunity for association members to meet editors, publishers and agents.
Rae’s winning entry for the first chapter competition was taken from her debut novel, Leaving Baku.
Rae said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that my hard work has lead me to winning such a coveted award.”
Leaving Baku is a contemporary romance novel and tells the story of a grieving oilman who travels to Baku and falls in love with a young mother, despite her family’s wishes.
The Elizabeth Goudge trophy was donated by the writer and former vice president of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Elizabeth Goudge.
Rae’s novel is currently unpublished but is under consideration by various publishing houses.
The RNA was founded to enhance and promote the various types of romantic and historical fiction and to encourage good writing in all its many varieties.