There shall be six classes of members in the Guild:
Full, Associate, Student, Affiliate/Corporate, Professional, and Honorary (Lifetime).
MWG Member Benefits:
Eligible to serve as any position on the Board of Directors
All voting rights
Access to members only section on Web site
Savings on conference fees
Eligible to enter annual contest
Eligible to post bio on Web site
Listing on the Speakers’ Bureau
Eligible to participate in marketing events
Full member: A full member is eligible to serve on the Board of Directors, has all voting rights, may have a listing on the Speakers’ Bureau, and is eligible to participate in marketing events such as the Missouri Library Conference or Kansas City Literature Festival).
Membership requirements for this level are: Anyone who has met at least one of the following requirements is eligible to apply for full membership in the Guild (all membership applications are reviewed and decided upon by a membership committee):
(1) Authorship or co-authorship of a published book through a non-subsidy publisher, either in print or Epublication or via self- publishing wherein the author does not pay a third party to publish the book and has earned at least $1500.00 in one calendar year. Written proof may be requested.
(2) Sale of three substantive articles, stories, poems, or comparable materials in one or more newspapers, magazines, anthologies, or trade publications in print or electronic formats.
(3) Sale of one serial or novelette to a periodical;
(4) Sale of one play to a producer, whether on royalty or fee basis;
(5) Sale of one screenplay, or radio or television script.
(6) Editor or publisher of commercial books, magazines, newspapers, or literary publication, which does not accept fees from its authors.
[First time Full Members pay $40, Renewal $30]
Associate member: An MWG associate member cannot vote on MWG business issues and may not serve as one of the titled Board positions such as President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Historian, or Publicity Chair. Associate members may serve as members-at-large on the Board of Directors.
Membership requirements for this level are one publication in a newsletter, pamphlet, magazine, newspaper, anthology, or on a Web site, paid in either cash or copies. Authorship or co-authorship of a published book through a subsidy publisher, either in print or E-publication, wherein the author pays a third party to publish the book.
[First time Associate Members pay $45, Renewal $35]
Student member: An MWG student member receives all benefits listed above except student members but may not vote on MWG business issues and may not serve as any position on the Board of Directors.
Membership requirements for this level are full-time or part-time college students who have an interest in the writing profession.
[First time Student Members pay $25, Renewal $15]
Corporate/Affiliate Member: Certain businesses or professionals in the book industry may qualify for corporate/affiliate membership in the MWG. Corporate/affiliate members may not serve on the Board of Directors and may not vote, but will have access to the Members Only section and will be afforded opportunities for sponsorships, premier website listings, social media and other promotion, and discounts on exhibitor/vendor fees at MWG events.
[Annual dues are $100]
Professional member: A professional member is eligible to serve on the Board of Directors, has all voting rights, may have a listing on the Speakers’ Bureau, and is eligible to participate in marketing events (such as the Missouri Library Conference or Kansas City Literature Festival).
Membership requirement for this level is to be a friend to the writing industry without actually making a living as a writer. This includes: instructor, editor, proofreader, publisher, cover designer, web designer, photographer, illustrator, librarian, bookstore owner/manager, publicist, agent, audiobook narrator, audiobook producer, or anyone involved in a field requiring the patronage of writers to either present a work of the best possible quality, or provide professionally prepared marketing materials. Members’ information will be added to the Members Only section of the Missouri Writers Guild website to ensure accessibility, and members will be required to provide up-to-date information at all times.
Professional Members are under no obligation to provide a discount of any kind for their services. A portfolio of the applicant’s work will be requested.
[First time Professional Members pay $40, Renewal $30]
Honorary (Lifetime) member: An MWG honorary (lifetime) member is an MWG member who has been honored by the Board of Directors as a person who has donated time and talent to the MWG for many years. They have the same benefits as full time members. There are no dues for honorary or lifetime members and the status does not expire.