Conference Guide for Industry Professionals

Join Romance Writers of America for RWA2020 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis in San Francisco, California, July 29 – August 1, 2020. Registration opens March 31 at 11 a.m. CDT. 

Please contact with questions. 


Industry Professional Forms

Industry professional forms will be available March 31 at 11 a.m. CDT. 



Anyone wishing to attend RWA2020 with a press pass must be pre-approved. Please review our Press Guidelines

Press pass request forms will be available March 31 at 11 a.m. CDT. 

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

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.