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2020 Scholarship Program

ROSA announces some exciting changes to its scholarship program in 2020. With funding courtesy of the Wedding Season anthology released in 2019, the scholarship program will be extended to four recipients. The scholarships will also no longer be linked to the annual conference, enabling members to benefit no matter where they live. The program is focused on benefitting aspiring authors.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 20 November 2019. Please ensure that you read all the Terms & Conditions before applying for a scholarship.

Terms & Conditions

  1. In 2020, four scholarships will be awarded, each to the value of R2,000. The scholarship is not in the form of cash, rather, as a value allocation to the ROSA member to cover the cost of any ROSA educational services the member wishes to make use of.

  2. The scholarship funds may be spent on ROSA membership, entry into ROSA contests, ROSA webinars or workshops, or attendance at local chapter events / the Cape Retreat / annual conference. The scholarship funds may not be used for attendance at purely social events.

  3. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age on the date of application.

  4. Applicants must be ROSA members. If the applicant has not yet joined due to financial constraints, then the first compulsory disbursement from the recipient’s scholarship amount will be the cost of the membership fee.

  5. Applicants are required to submit a one-page motivation letter detailing what they have achieved in their writing career so far, what they hope to achieve during 2020, as well as a motivation for why they need financial assistance.

  6. Beneficiaries of previous scholarships may enter for the 2020 Scholarship Program, however preference will be given to new applicants who have not previously benefitted.

  7. From 2020 onward, scholarships will be awarded on a once-off basis, whereby beneficiaries of the 2020 Scholarship Program will not be eligible to apply again in future years.

  8. The closing date for entries is Wednesday 20th November 2019. Successful applicants will be notified within a few days to enable them to enter the 2020 Strelitzia contest (deadline 24th November) if they wish.

  9. At the time of application, the applicant should be unpublished. Please note you may NOT:

    • have a self-published work of fiction available for sale on any major retailer,

    • have previously self-published a work of fiction on any of the major retail sites,

    • have entered into a publishing contract with any traditional fiction publisher prior to the commencement of this contest.
      For the purposes of the scholarship program, work posted on Wattpad will not be considered as published, however any work of fiction for which the author has received payment will be considered as a published work. Works of non-fiction, articles, paid blog posts, published dissertations, and short stories entered into any of ROSA’s anthologies are exempted.

  10. Applicants may not have been previously published under another name. This includes any paid fiction ghost-writing work done for another author.

  11. The applicant must abide by ROSA’s Code of Conduct. Should an applicant be found to be in breach of the Code of Conduct, then the remainder of the scholarship amount will be forfeited.

  12. Successful recipients of the scholarship program will be expected to submit a written quarterly update on their writing progress, to ensure that all participants in the program are making effective use of the scholarship.

  13. Any scholarship funds not used by the applicant before 31st December 2020 will be forfeited by the applicant, and will be returned to ROSA for use in the 2021 Scholarship Program.

ROSA reserves the right to disqualify scholarship applicants who do not comply with these rules.