Perseverance Fund


Romance Writers of America administers the Perseverance Fund, which is primarily member-supported, to assist qualified applicants in financial need with their yearly national dues.  

To Donate

If you are looking for a way to give back to RWA, please consider donating to the Perseverance Fund. Any donation, whether $1 or $100, helps.

To donate online:

Click one of the amounts below, add to cart, and then proceed to check out. 

$1   $5   $25   $50   $100

To donate a different amount by credit card, contact 832-717-5200, Ext. 132. 

To donate by check/money order [U.S. funds]:

Make check/money order out to Romance Writers of America, along with a note to apply the money to the fund, and mail to RWA, attn: Perseverance Fund, 14615 Benfer Rd., Houston, TX  77069.

RWA appreciates your generosity! If you have any questions about the fund, please contact info@rwa.org or 832-717-5200, Ext. 121.


To Apply

To apply for the Perseverance Fund, please review the requirements below, and then click the button to fill out the application form. The form provides space for applicants to enter all information detailed in the requirements. More information about the Perseverance Fund can be found in RWA's Policy and Procedures Manual.

Requirements:

  • All applicants shall submit a signed request to the Office that contains a description of the applicant's financial need.
    • Member applicants shall also submit a statement of their General membership status or intent to achieve General membership status within one year.
    • Nonmember applicants must also prove serious pursuit.*
  • No individual may use the fund more than three times in total.

Apply for the Perseverance Fund


*Per RWA policy, all nonmember applicants for the Perseverance Fund must provide proof that they are seriously pursuing a career in romance writing in order to qualify. Either of the following serve as proof: 
  • One complete original work of romance fiction of at least 20,000 words.
  • Multiple complete original works of romance fiction which combine for a total of at least 20,000 words.
In support of the above, applicants for the Perseverance Fund can provide one of the following on the application form:
  • ISBN(s), ASIN(s), or Other Unique Vendor Product Identification Number(s) of Commercially Available** work(s)
  • A digital copy of a work/works meeting these requirements. 
To read more about Serious Pursuit requirements, please click here.