If you want to
be part of a unique community that connects general booklovers and book industry employees,
support women and marginalized voices,
learn and grow for personal or professional development,
or make a difference in the literary world,
then we invite you to become a member of the Women’s National Book Association.
Should I join the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA)?
Who can join?
Our members span the country and come from all walks of life. Members include publishing professionals, writers, librarians, booksellers, educators, and general booklovers.
We welcome people of all genders to join. All you have to be is a booklover.
Where is WNBA located?
The WNBA is located in the United States. We have 1 chapter open to all who are not near one of our local chapters. There are 11 location-based cities (Boston, Charlotte, Greater Philadelphia, Metro Atlanta, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, New Orleans, San Francisco, South Florida, and Washington, DC.)
Why should I join?
When you are a member of the WNBA, you become part of a community formed around books.
- attend members’ only events
- meet booklovers across the country
- volunteer on boards or committees
- participate in interviews and on panels and in programs
- share your professional news
- promote your books
- get industry news and resources
- use members’ only discount codes to book-related resources and events
- and more!
Plus, joining the WNBA makes you part of a literary organization dedicated to making positive changes in the literary world.
When can I join WNBA?
You can join WNBA at anytime throughout the year. Our membership year runs from June 1 to May 31.
What is the Women’s National Book Association?
The Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) is a professional literary organization dedicated to supporting women and marginalized voices in the literary world; fighting against censorship; creating community around books; educating about books and the book industry, promoting literacy, and providing professional development.
A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, WNBA exists to connect, educate, advocate and lead in the literary community.
Want to know how we got started?
In New York City on October 29, 1917, two days after the large women’s suffrage march on Fifth Avenue, a group of female booksellers met for the first time.
Excluded from joining the all-male booksellers’ organizations and spurred by the fight for women’s right to vote, they banded together to fight for equality for women.
The Women’s National Book Association was formed. Since then, WNBA has been dedicated to supporting women and marginalized voices in the literary world.
How can I support WNBA’s upcoming programs?
As we have been around for over 100 years, we have a variety of programming that runs through the national organization or through our chapters.
WNBA Authentic Voices Fellowship
The WNBA Authentic Voices Fellowship is focused on writers, especially writers from communities that have not been represented or been underrepresented in the publishing world and those who have not had access to programs that teach about writing and publishing.
The writers embark on a four-month journey with instructors with industry expertise that delves into writing, editing, marketing, querying, and publishing their work. At the end of the program, fellows receive a stipend and are published in an anthology.
Applications for the 2022–2023 WNBA Authentic Voices Fellowship open on September 15, 2022.
If you would like to help amplify the voices of those who may not otherwise be heard in today’s publishing world, we encourage you to make a donation that will go specifically to the WNBA Authentic Voices program.
WNBA uses general donations to underwrite other programs (such as the WNBA Award and Great Group Reads), events, educational projects, and advocacy, such as fighting book banning. To support us in these and similar efforts, you can make a donation to our general fund.
We thank you for your support of WNBA and our mission!