XO Publishing

XO Romance is XOUM Publishing's new romance imprint and brings you exciting new works of contemporary romance fiction.

Congratulations to Penelope Janu whose novel On the Same Page has won the 2017 XO Romance Prize!

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.


Penelope Janu

Penelope Janu has six children (rapidly growing up) and two large dogs, and lives on the coast in Sydney. She had a long career as a solicitor and legal academic before her debut novel, In at the Deep End, was published by Harlequin Mira in January 2017. She writes full-time, except for voluntary legal work, and completed On the Same Page while studying an MA in Creative Writing at UTS, Sydney.