Sunday, February 21, 2010

Kate Duffy Memorial Fund

As some of you may know, many of us lost a dear friend and truly special editor a few months back. Kate Duffy was an author advocate and helped more of your favorite authors than you can imagine get their start in romance. In her honor, the authors of Brava and RWA have created the Kate Duffy Memorial Fund.

I will always miss her and feel her loss deeply in my heart, but if we can do something good in her name, something she would have approved of, that helps.

Here are the deets:

The Kate Duffy Memorial Fund honors the memory of Ms. Duffy, a longtime editor for Kensington Publishing, who passed away in September 2009. The Fund will award one or more scholarships for the payment of conference fees for RWA National. Applicants must be RWA members who are PAN eligible. Members apply by submitting a personal letter plus at least two supporting letters from RWA members stating the applicant’s financial need, their serious pursuit of a romance writing career, and why they believe attendance at RWA National in the year of their application will benefit their romance writing career.The Fund is overseen by Romance Writers of America.

Applications should be directed to RWA, Attention: Kate Duffy Memorial Fund, 14615 Benfer Rd., Houston, Texas 77069, with Kate Duffy Memorial Fund application in the subject line. Applications must be received by March 31. Applications will be assessed by a committee of authors and kept in complete confidence. Scholarship funds will be disbursed to the extent that member donations made to the Duffy Memorial Fund cover the disbursement.

To donate to the fund, mail a check to RWA, Attention: Kate Duffy Memorial Fund, at the address above. Please write “Kate Duffy Memorial Fund” in the check memo line. Or, you may donate online at To donate online, log in to the RWA site, click on the Store link, and add the Kate Duffy Memorial Fund to your cart. Then, change the quantity of the $1 cost to whatever amount you wish to donate. For example, to donate $10, simply put 10 in the quantity box.

1 comment:

robynl said...

oh I like that very much of doing something good in Kate Duffy's name. That is awesome beyond words. How kind of everyone.