Annual dues are $95 for General and Associate members; a $25 processing fee will apply to all new and reinstating members. Membership dues and fees are nonrefundable.
Beginning January 1, 2016, annual dues will be $99 for General and Associate Members.
RWA does not assist members in the process of publication but rather offers career-focused information and education.
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:
General Membership ($95)
General membership is open to all persons seriously pursuing a romance fiction writing career. Only General members shall have all rights of membership, and only General members shall have the right to vote and the right to hold office in RWA.
All applicants for General membership are automatically approved for Associate-Writer membership. Once proof of serious pursuit is provided and reviewed, Associate-Writers become General Members.
General members receive a copy of the Romance Writers Report magazine; have full access to the myRWA website; RWA University; member resources; receive the member rate for RWA conferences, workshops, and contests; and can apply for membership in the PRO and PAN communities.
General membership is not available to: non-writers who work in the publishing industry, writers whose main pursuit of a writing career is in something other than romance fiction, or writers who are seriously pursuing a career in romance fiction but also work as an editor or reader for a publisher or agent, and whose responsibilities in any way affect whether or not a submitting writer’s work is accepted or rejected by that publisher or agent. These individuals must apply for Associate membership within the association.
Associate Membership ($95)
Associate membership is open to all other individuals, including employees of RWA and its contractors, who support the organization and its purposes but who do not meet the requirements for General membership or who are not permitted to participate on RWA’s general discussion forums by reason of being involved in the acquisition process*, i.e. publishers, acquiring editors, or agents who actively acquire romance fiction or actively offer representation to writers of romance fiction, as further described in RWA policy. Associate members shall not have any voting rights or the right to hold office in RWA.
Associate members receive a copy of the Romance Writers Report magazine, have access to the myRWA website (with restrictions to industry professional access to General member forums), RWA University (only for Associate members who are writers), member resources, and receive the member rate for RWA conferences and workshops.
RWA asks those pursuing membership as Associates to indicate if they fall into one of the following areas:
ASSOCIATE - WRITER
A writer who is not seriously pursuing a career as a romance writer
A publisher or acquiring editor or agent
A person who supports the purpose of RWA but does not meet either of the qualifications described above and does not qualify for General membership (not seriously pursuing a career as a romance writer).
*“Acquisition process” means the process by which manuscripts are reviewed and evaluated by any individual who is employed or contracted by a publisher that actively acquires romance fiction or by a literary agency that represents authors of romance fiction, for the purpose of either recommending that a manuscript be considered for acquisition or representation, or be rejected and removed from consideration by that publisher or literary agency.
Affiliate Membership ($10)
Affiliate membership is open only to booksellers and librarians. Affiliate members shall not have any voting rights or the right to hold office in RWA.
Affiliate members have access to specific sections of the myRWA website and special librarian and bookseller forums. Affiliate members receive the member rate for the RWA Conference.
How to Determine Your Member Type
Having trouble deciding whether you're a General or Associate member? Please review the member types above and consider if your writing career (body of work) or pursuit of a writing career is in romance fiction. (This does not mean you cannot write in other genres, but romance fiction writing must be a serious career pursuit for you.)
If you're seriously pursuing a career as a romance fiction writer, then General membership is probably right for you. Otherwise, consider joining as an Associate member.
Membership type selection is self-determined.