Romance Writers of America: The Voice of Romance Writers

Romance Writers of America® (RWA) is a nonprofit trade association whose mission is to advance the professional and common business interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy and by increasing public awareness of the romance genre. RWA works to support the efforts of its members to earn a living, to make a full-time career out of writing romance—or a part-time one that generously supplements their main income.

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RWA is:

  • a non-profit membership association based in Houston, Texas
  • dedicated to advancing the interests of career-focused romance writers
  • more than 35 years old (founded in 1980)
  • an association of more than 9,000 members
  • home to 120 local, international, and online chapters
  • host of an annual meeting with more than 2,100 attendees

Members include:

  • published and unpublished romance fiction writers
  • writers interested in learning about a career in romance fiction writing
  • publishing industry professionals
  • librarians and booksellers who support the romance genre

What RWA stands for:

  • Romance writers have the right to reasonable remuneration and preservation of authorial and intellectual property rights.
  • Literacy is individually and culturally vital.
  • Storytelling is fundamental to human experience: romance fiction explores issues of universal and eternal human interest.
  • United, romance writers are a powerful community. 

RWA's internal core values:

  • RWA belongs to its members.
  • RWA fosters an environment of creative and professional growth.
  • RWA thrives through the free exchange of ideas, knowledge, and diverse career experiences.

If you are interested in becoming a part of this diverse and growing community, visit the Membership section for more information.

The word RITA® and the RITA statuette are registered service marks belonging to RWA. The drawing of the RITA statuette may not be used in generic fashion as a logo or decorative motif for any purpose in any publication not explicitly authorized by RWA. Permission to use RITA and Golden Heart symbols and institutional marks of RWA for any publication in other than fair use hard-news reporting must be obtained in writing from RWA.