Eligibility

You may qualify for membership in any of the following ways:

  • You have been published by an established American publisher;
  • You have published sufficient freelance articles or short pieces;
  • Your writing income meets certain thresholds;
  • You have been offered a contract by an established American publisher;
  • You have been offered representation by a professional literary agent;
  • You are a literary agent or other representative of the rights of authors (Membership-at-Large);
  • You are a student in a college or university undergraduate or graduate program (Student Membership);
  • You are pursuing the art of writing and have demonstrated commitment to it (Emerging Writer Membership).

Yearly dues, which are tax-deductible, are $125 for general membership and members-at-large, $100 for emerging writers, and $35 for students. Please see our eligibility criteria for more details. If you have any questions, please get in touch using our contact form.

Your Voice Matters

Everything in the digital age may seem to operate under new rules, but the conversation about the relationship between art and commerce is age-old, and artists must be part of it. It is in our interest to speak with one voice. The Authors Guild was founded over 100 years ago by a group of authors to do just that—to be the collective voice of authors. As Authors Guild Vice President Richard Russo says in his open letter:

“While it’s pretty to think that our way of life will endure, there’s no guarantee. The writing life is ours to defend. Protecting it also happens to be the mission of the Authors Guild…”

Heirs and representatives of an author's estate, literary agents, and attorneys can join as Members at Large.

To join by mail, you can print the following form: Membership Application Form (PDF).