RWA Proof of Serious Pursuit

15.1.3. Serious Pursuit with a Common Business Interest. Effective November 1, 2015, for purposes of General membership classification and to maintain voting privileges, each prospective and renewing member shall prove whether or not he or she is seriously pursuing a career in romance writing in one of the following ways:

15.1.3.1. Be a member of or meet the qualifications of either community of practice within RWA—PAN or PRO—as determined by the
requirements set forth in the Bylaws and Policy and Procedure Manual and verified by the RWA office, or

15.1.3.2. Provide a verifiable ASIN*, ISBN**, or a copy of a complete original published commercially available work of romance fiction of at least 20,000 words; or verifiable ASINs, ISBNs, or copies of multiple complete original published commercially available works
of romance fiction which combine for a total of at least 20,000 words, or

15.1.3.3. Every three years provide a digital copy of one complete original work of romance fiction of at least 20,000 words, or digital copies of multiple complete original works of romance fiction which combine for a total of at least 20,000 words, and which has/have not been provided previously for verification under this section. Said verification obligation for general membership shall be ongoing unless and until the member qualifies under provision 15.1.3.1. or 15.1.3.2.

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* Title of your work:

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* Applicant Name:

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* Applicant Pseudonym:

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* Applicant Member #:

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* Word count of qualifying work:

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* Word Count Confirmation:

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* Work is Complete Confirmation:

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* Romance Fiction Confirmation:

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* Member Statement:

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* Please upload your qualifying work here.

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*ASIN: ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number. Every book is assigned a unique ISBN-10 and ISBN-13 when published.

**ASIN: ASIN stands for Amazon Standard Identification Number. Almost every product on our site has its own ASIN, a unique code we use to identify it. For books, the ASIN is the same as the ISBN number, but for all other products a new ASIN is created when the item is uploaded to our catalogue.A work of Romance Fiction of 20,000-40,000 words (as determined by computer word count) that is or has been commercially available.

Romance Fiction or Romance means the work contains a central love story and the resolution of the romance is emotionally satisfying and optimistic. RWA staff reserves the right to challenge or contest whether a book qualifies as a Romance Fiction under Section 1.35 of the Policy and Procedures Manual. In the event the classification of a novel as Romance Fiction is challenged or contested, it will be subject to a peer review panel. For purposes other than the RITA contest, a five-member peer review panel will be randomly chosen by the staff among members of PRO and PAN. The peer review panel will read the novel and make the final decision via majority vote as to whether it qualifies as Romance Fiction.
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