Posted on May 23, 2020 at 4:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The Romance Writers of America has replaced its annual awards with a new prize in hopes of moving past a series of scandals.

Instead of the RITAs, the group will award the Vivian — named after the RWA’s founder, herself a woman of color — going forward, reports the Guardian.

The RWA has been under fire in recent years for the lack of diversity in its signature awards, and found itself in particularly hot water when it attempted to censure author Courtney Milan for her comments about racism in another writer’s work.

More details about the Vivian will come out this month, says the Guardian, with an expected launch set for the fall.

Milan, for her part, had kind words on Twitter about the naming process for the award — but cited several conditions that would have to be met for the Vivian to accomplish its goals. 

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