Published: May 27, 2005
|Each of these organizations has a magazine as well as an online forum or newsletter and regional chapters. Some require professional credits for full membership, but you can still subscribe to the publications and visit the public pages of their Web sites. They host annual national conventions, plus smaller regional events.|
Horror Writers Association (HWA)
June. Offers mentoring and members-only anthologies.
Mystery Writers of America (MWA)
April. Many discounts available to members.
Romance Writers of America (RWA)
July. Dozens of contest leads.
Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI)
August and February. Grants for new works and works in progress.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA)
April. Members must meet strict qualifications
World Science Fiction Convention
Labor Day. A gathering of about 5,000 fans and professionals
World Fantasy Convention
November. A small, professional convention.
For other science fiction and fantasy conventions, check the Locus magazine calendar at www.locusmag.com/Conventions.html.