RWA Member Code of Ethics

Update 4/22/2020
Because the current RWA Code of Ethics and related enforcement procedures have proven to be ineffective and difficult to enforce consistently, the RWA Board recently voted to temporarily suspend enforcement of its Code of Ethics while it does a careful review of the Code and the related enforcement procedures to determine where changes are needed. Similarly, the RWA Board is asking all chapters to suspend all enforcement of their Codes of Ethics while the national Board review is undertaken. 

While the Board recognizes this is far from a perfect solution, of the available options, the Board felt this was the best course of action. Putting in place an improved Code and fair and consistent enforcement procedures is the Board’s top priority and the Board has committed to completing this process in very short order. We have plans and a timeline in place to make this happen – with a Board vote on the revised Code of Ethics and enforcement procedures to occur by the end of June – and will be very transparent with our members along the way.

--Alyssa Day, RWA President



Industry Professional Code of Conduct

As Romance Writers of America is one of the largest genre writers associations in the world, publishers and agents who are included in RWA’s Qualifying Market for Publishers and Agent Updates and/or who are invited to present workshops to or take pitch sessions from RWA members are afforded significant credibility, because the members naturally expect such publishers and agents to conduct their businesses in a manner that can be described as honest, fair, transparent, and professional.


Anti-Discrimination Policy

As set out in RWA's Policy Manual:

6.1 In order to create a safe and respectful environment, invidious discrimination is prohibited in RWA. No member, speaker or participant in RWA or any RWA activity, RWA function, or RWA forum or social media account shall discriminate against another member, speaker, or participant at any RWA activity, RWA function or on any RWA forum or social media account based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, or religion. Membership shall not be denied to adults on the basis of any protected group set out in