Beginning November 1, for purposes of General membership classification and to maintain voting privileges, each renewing member will have to prove whether or not he/she is seriously pursuing a career in romance writing.
There are three ways to satisfy this requirement (upon dues renewal):
(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
(2) Provide a verifiable ASIN, ISBN, or other unique vendor product identification number(s), or a copy of a complete original commercially available work of romance fiction of at least 20,000 words; or verifiable ASINs, ISBNs, or other unique vendor product identification number(s), or copies of multiple complete original commercially available works of romance fiction which combine for a total of at least 20,000 words, provided however that said works offered through Predatory Publishing shall not qualify, or
(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 18.104.22.168. or 22.214.171.124.
Members who do not prove proof of serious pursuit will become Associate members and will continue to have access to RWA member benefits but will not be able to vote or hold office in the association.