RWA allows members to self-select their own membership classification based on the definitions below, to best suit their position in their writing career, and allow access to the services they most need.

Aspiring Authors

An author who is developing/writing a romance/romantic elements manuscript, developing their understanding of the craft and/or thinking about or actively entering contests. You may not yet know what length or what genre you will focus on.

Become an Aspiring Author Member

Emerging Authors

An author who has had a romantic/romantic elements work commercially available or under contract for fewer than three years; or an author who is consistently making finals round in writing contests, is submitting and receiving requests from publishers or agents, or who has already secured an agent.

Become an Emerging Author Member

Established Authors

An author who has a romantic/romantic elements work commercially available or under contract, and who has been consistently/actively publishing longer than three years.

Become an Established Author Member

 

Members, don’t forget to keep your classification up-to-date by logging in to the member’s section of RWA website and updating your details.