The House on the Shore is a contender for the 2009 Joan Hessayon Award presented by the Romantic Novelists Association. The Joan Hessayon NWS Award is presented to the best debut novel each year to have come through the specialized and highly selective New Writer’s Scheme and been accepted for publication by a recognized publisher.
Distinguished winners have included, , and . Many other popular authors owe their start in the industry due to this (unique amongst professional UK writers’ associations) facet of the RNA.
The award is generously sponsored by Dr David Hessayon, in honor of his late wife Joan, who was a longstanding member of the RNA and a great supporter of the New Writers’ Scheme.
The Winner will be announced on the 13th May 2009.