June 14 - 16, 2018 | USA, Kansas City, Mo
Romance Slam Jam Convention

RSJ Convention

A writer and reader event celebrating diversity in literature with an amazing 3-day fun filled conference full of adventures, exploits, industry forums, workshops and the coveted Emma Awards. – GET MORE DETAILS

Emma Awards

The coveted award for diversity in literature.  You’ll want to keep up with the nominees in the various genres and attend this red carpet ceremony awards dinner. – PURCASE 2018 TICKETS NOW

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Industry forums, author craft and reader workshops! The biggest mistake we can make is to believe we know everything.  Find expert experience here; 2018 Schedule Coming Soon!SEE 2017 SCHEDULE

2017 Finalists

Nominations for the coveted 2017 Emma Awards are now closed.  Find out which books made the finalists list for this diversity in literature excellence award.  – VIEW 2017 FINALISTS and WINNERS

2017 Romance Slam Jam Emma Award Winners Announced

"And the Emma Award for literary excellence goes to . . . ." RSJ Convention, the networking event for authors of diverse, black and African-American characters including aspiring, women's fiction, and published romance authors, announces the winners of the 2017 Emma Awards. The Emma — the premier award for diversity in literature — recognizes excellence in published romance novels, novellas, and women's fiction featuring black, African-American, and multicultural protagonists. The 2017 winners were announced at [ . . . Read more . . .]

2017 Aspiring Author Contest Winners

Aspiring Author Contest winners have been announced! Romance Slam Jam (RSJ) with support from Diverse Writers and Readers International, inspires more diversity by encouraging aspiring black authors to continue into a writing career. To support this mission, we created the Aspiring Author Contest to advocate the black romance industry. The contest serves to encourage unpublished black authors to submit their manuscripts for review, with an [ . . . Read more . . .]

2017 Romance Slam Jam Emma Award Finalists Announced

Romance Slam Jam (RSJ), the networking organization for black and African American aspiring and published romance authors, announces the finalists for the 2017 Emma Awards. The Emma — the premier award for black authors of romance — recognizes excellence in published romance novels and novellas featuring black, African-American, and multicultural protagonists. The impetus to create the Emma Awards sprang from [ . . . Read more . . .]


That’s right we said it! Or would you like to continue to ride in the back of the bus. We ran across this profound article today in BookRiot.com by Syreeta Barlow. It was written in 2014 but today in 2016, it still speaks to the problems with the African American book section today. I dare you to read it! Some of the most poignant areas of the article reads:

“As a writer, my absolute fear was ending up, not in the clearance bin, but in the African-American section……. Opportunity should not extend itself solely on the color of the character on the cover, but by [ . . . Read more . . .]

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Pre-Convention – Explore Kansas City!

Never explored Kansas City?

June 13th, 2018 has been designated as tour and excursion day.  We’re compiling a list of our favorite must-see Kansas City attractions and events to get you out and about the Heartland’s most historic city. You’re sure to have a blast! #HowWeDoKC

Group tours and excursions may also be available at a later date. Have a suggestion? Let us know! Contact info@rsjconvention.com.

*Each person is responsible for paying their own costs and for their own meals on trips.
*Exception: Any Group Tours(s) may include certain costs.
(Exceptions will be noted in registration details, if any.)

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We Instalove it! & Want More.

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RSJ 2018: Show Me the Romance!  in K.C.

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