The RNA welcomes new members. Membership benefits include:

  • Regular meetings and social events
  • The annual conference
  • Our quarterly magazine Romance Matters
  • Membership of our chapters and online discussion group
  • The opportunity to promote your work on the RNA blog
  • The chance to network with fellow writers, agents and publishers

If you are a traditionally published or self-published author of romantic novels, or an agent, editor or publisher, you can apply to join as a Full, Independent Author, or Associate Member.

Writers who have not yet had a full length novel or serial published can join under the New Writers’ Scheme.*

*Applications for the 2018 New Writers’ Scheme are now closed. The scheme is fully booked for 2018.

Full Membership

Full Membership of the Association is open to traditionally published writers of romantic novels and full length serials of at least 30,000 words.

Independent Author Membership

Independent Author Membership of the Association is open to self-published writers of romantic novels, novellas and full length serials of at least 30,000 words.

Associate Membership

Associate Membership is open to publishers, editors, literary agents, booksellers, librarians, reviewers, romantic writers in other forms or media, or any others having a close professional connection with novel writing, other media or publishing.

Membership Cost and Criteria

All members must be at least 18 years of age.

Subscriptions are due each January. The subscription period runs from 1st January to 31st December and there are no part-year discounts.

You can download full details of the membership criteria for Full and Independent Author members below. Please read the criteria carefully before making your application.

Membership Criteria: Independent Author Membership

Membership Criteria: Full Membership 

To sign up for Full or Associate membership of the Association please fill out the membership form and send it to the Membership Secretary at the address specified in the form.

Fees from 1st March 2018:

£58 for Full and Independent Author Members (£65 non EU based)

£68 for Associate Members (£75 non EU based)

Pay by BACs or Standing Order and save £5

Application forms:

To download the application form for Full Membership,  Independent Author Membership or Associate Membership please click here.

You can make payment via a personal cheque included with the membership form. Full, Independent Author, and Associate members may also pay by BACs or Standing Order at a reduction of £5.

For further information please contact the Membership Secretary with any enquiries about RNA membership.

Applications for the 2018 New Writers’ Scheme are now closed. The scheme is fully booked for 2018.

The RNA is pleased to welcome unpublished writers of romantic fiction in all genres into its unique New Writers’ Scheme. The Scheme opens in January each year and can accept only 300 members.

When the Scheme is full, a notice will be added to this page.

Applications for the Scheme are by email to the New Writers’ Scheme Organiser: Applications are on a first come, first served basis. No waiting list is maintained.

If you are a new member of the Scheme, you will be asked to complete a short membership form and submit it with your payment, once your place has been reserved by email.

The membership fee of £135 (£145 for members outside the EU) allows unpublished authors to take part in all RNA activities and also submit a manuscript of a full-length novel for appraisal. The New Writers’ Scheme Organiser sends each new writer a membership pack giving details on how and when to submit the manuscript.

All manuscripts must be received by the NWS Organiser by the end of August 2018.

The Organiser has a team of more than sixty readers who are authors with extensive publishing histories in various types of romantic novel. The manuscripts are sent to an appropriate reader who provides a report that may include, for example, comments on plotting, characterisation and structure. The reports are intended to be honest and constructive suggestions from a published novelist—they point out flaws but also offer advice based on experience.

Please note that this is a scheme for romantic novels, ones where romantic elements play a key role in the story. The readers cannot comment on non-romance genres. We are also unable to provide critiques of books aimed specifically at the US market, or books that are longer than 120,000 words.

The Organiser will advise and support authors whose report indicates that their novel is ready, or almost ready, to be submitted to a publisher or agent.

If a manuscript is entered into the NWS, then gains a publishing contract and is released as the NWS member’s debut novel, it is eligible for the Joan Hessayon New Writers’ Scheme Award.

For further information on the running of the Scheme please download the Notes for Applicants. (pdf attached)

If you have any further questions please contact the New Writers’ Scheme Organiser 

Applications for the 2018 New Writers’ Scheme are now closed. The scheme is fully booked for 2018.


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