Sandra Hyde Romance Writers Trust

The Sandra Hyde Romance Writers Trust is offering a scholarship to the Romance Writers of NZ annual conference. 2019 applications are OPEN now, and close Sunday, May 19 with the successful applicant notified by May 25th.

Romance author Sandra Hyde (writing as Sandra Hyatt) passed away suddenly on August 21, 2011. Because so many have been touched by Sandra’s life, either personally or through reading her wonderful books, her family has set up a trust to continue her legacy of generosity and kindness by furthering the career of an emerging writer.

An active member of Romance Writers of New Zealand, Sandra served on the executive for three terms and was always willing to reach out to new writers with advice and encouragement.

Money raised by the Trust will form an annual education grant, awarded to an aspiring NZ-based romance writer to enable them to attend a national or international writers conference, to improve their craft and progress their writing goals. If you’d like to support the scholarship with a donation please email the Trust for further details email: Sandra Hyde Trust

2019 Prize: RWNZ Conference fees (Friday Workshop and Weekend Conference, plus cocktail party). If the winner is not currently a member of RWNZ, their prize will include a one-year membership subscriptionThe winner will also receive $150 contribution toward expenses.

Who can enter: Any New Zealand-based writer of romantic fiction (published or unpublished). Anyone who has previously entered (other than a prior successful applicant), is welcome to reapply.

How to enter: The Sandra Hyde Romance Writers Trust was established to benefit aspiring New Zealand romance writers. Please email your application, telling us a little about your writing career to date, how you are “aspiring”, and why you would like to attend the RWNZ conference. Your email should be no longer than one A4 printed page (feel free to make it shorter!) and should be in the body of your email. DO NOT SEND AN ATTACHMENT. Include your name, email address and phone numbers in the email. Send your email to the Sandra Hyde Romance Writers Trust

Deadline to enter: Midnight, NZ time, Friday 19th May, 2019.

Winner announced: By Saturday 25 May, 2019.

Disclaimers: The prize is conference registration, as described, plus $150 contribution toward expenses. Flights, additional hotel costs, breakfasts and dinners (including the Awards Dinner) and all other non-conference meals, associated travel costs, and all other costs are the responsibility of the winner. If no applications are received that are deemed worthy of the award, the judges reserve the right not to make an award. The winner will need to register for the conference by the earlybird deadline of 31 May, 2019, otherwise, the judges reserve the right to offer the prize to another applicant. The conference fee will be paid directly to RWNZ with the $150.00 toward expenses paid directly to the winner.

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