Beverly Jenkins Diverse Voices Sponsorshipby Erika Tsang
Avon Books, in honor of romance trailblazer Beverly Jenkins, established the Beverly Jenkins Diverse Voices Sponsorship to encourage writers from Diverse Backgrounds to be more fully represented at the RWA annual conference. Current members of RWA who have entered the Golden Heart or RITA Award Contests and meet RWA’s definition of being from a Diverse Background are eligible to enter. The RWA Diversity Committee will select one recipient from among the eligible applications.
Per RWA’s Policy and Procedure Manual, “Diverse Background” refers to a member of RWA who comes from a historically underrepresented background. These backgrounds include, but are not limited to, underrepresented communities of race, color, ethnicity, age, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, and religion.
Avon Books will provide the following for the Sponsorship Recipient:
- Conference registration
- Travel and lodging (up to $2,500)
- A one-on-one meeting with a member of the Avon Books editorial team
- An invitation to several exclusive Avon events during the annual conference
Application Deadline: February 22, 2019