The RITA contest
Six of Leigh's books have been named finalists
in the Romance Writers' of America RITA contest
for best traditional romance of the year.
Ties that Blind The Lake Effect
Traveling Man The Unlikely Santa
The Daddy Trap The Boss and the Baby
Two of Leigh's books have received a Reviewer's Choice
nomination from Romantic Times magazine.
Family Secrets Backwards Honeymoon
Iowa Library Association
Leigh is the 2003 recipient of the Iowa Library Association's Johnson Brigham Plaque, given to long-time Iowa authors who have made a substantial and sustained literary contribution to American culture.
The Pioneer Award is given by Iowa Romance Novelists for promoting the romance genre in a positive light.
Tender Heart Award
The Tender Heart Award is given by Iowa Romance Novelists to the writer/member who has most helped other writers.
The Robert Bliss Award
The Robert Bliss Award ("The Bliss Bowl") is awarded by the Drake University School of Journalism and Mass Communication to the graduating student with the highest grade-point average.
The William Randolph Hearst Award
The William Randolph Hearst Foundation sponsors an annual contest for journalistic feature writing, open to journalism students. As an undergraduate, Leigh won a third-place honor in national competition.
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