Conference Guide for Industry Professionals

Romance Writers of America’s Annual Conference provides publishers and agents the opportunity to connect with 2,000 career-focused romance writers and to showcase a their company. The 2020 conference will take place at the at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis in San Francisco, California, July 29–Aug. 1, 2020.

This page provides information about the different levels of participation available to Qualifying Markets and RWA-Eligible Agents at the RWA Conference.


Industry Professional Forms

    Editor/Agent Registration Form (PDF)
    Publishing Professional Registration Form (PDF)
    Group Registration Form (PDF)
    Industry Marketplace Sign-up Form


Participation Opportunities & Contacts

    Participation Opportunities
    RWA Conference Contacts


All Press members wishing to attend RWA2019 must be pre-approved. Please contact to inquire about obtaining a conference press pass. 

Qualifying Markets

“Qualifying market” means any publisher, or any division, imprint, or line of a publisher that meets the criteria for extension of RWA-provided conference space and resources. Please note: If your publisher previously submitted a qualifying market questionnaire, you will not need to resubmit; however, RWA reserves the right to request updated information. To verify your publisher’s status, contact Deputy Executive Director Carol Ritter at 832-717-5200, Ext. 127, or

RWA evaluates each publisher or division, imprint, or line of a publisher and allocates conference space and resources to those Qualifying Markets that provide the greatest opportunities for career-focused romance writers.


RWA-Eligible Agents

An agent who agrees to abide by the RWA Code of Ethics for Industry Professionals and who satisfies qualifications to become RWA-Eligible may participate in RWA conference activities. To be RWA-Eligible, an agent must: be commission-based; charge no fees to authors beyond reimbursement of legitimate, actual, and verified expenses that are not deemed excessive and are agreed to in advance by the author; and satisfy a requirement to indicate industry experience. Invitations to participate in conference sponsored attendee pitch activities will be extended to those RWA-Eligible Agents who attest in writing that they are currently accepting new clients.