The Bad News and The Good
Due to the health and safety concerns arising from the coronavirus outbreak, we have no option but to postpone all meetings and events until further notice. Our planned prizegiving tea was unable to go ahead on 19 March but the winners have received their cash prizes and we hope to be able to present the trophies and certificates at a later date. Similarly, plans for the House of Lords lunch in June have been put on ice, but we are seeing this very much as a postponement and not a cancellation. A new date will be arranged as soon as possible. In the meantime, members and friends, please stay safe until we meet again.
And now for the good news… The SWWJ is always keen to recruit new members and friends, and so we are running a GRAND PRIZE DRAW. Every member who successfully sponsors, recommends or introduces a new member in any category by 30 September will automatically earn themselves an entry to the draw, so the more new members you bring us the more entries you receive. Our prize is a wonderful bundle of FIFTEEN new (signed) books, each one donated by its author, all of whom are successful SWWJ members. Details on our Competitions page.
The Society aims to encourage literary achievement, to uphold professional standards, to promote social contact with fellow writers and to defend the dignity and prestige of the writing profession in all its aspects.
The SWWJ is the UK's longest-established Society for professional women writers. Founded in 1894 by newspaper proprietor Joseph Snell Wood, the Society has grown to become an international association, and is affiliated to women's associations worldwide. In 2004, the Society took the decision to invite men who are published writers to join us as Associate Members. We also welcome aspiring writers and non-writing Friends from across the publishing industry and beyond.
In 2017 Baroness Floella Benjamin agreed to become our new President, following in the footsteps of the late and much missed Victoria Wood.
We are a non political, professional society for women writers and journalists. We recognise the professional skills of our members and we protect their interests in their professional work. We promote opportunities for women to write and to be heard, and we defend their rights to do so no matter what their race, religion or geographic location.
Full membership is open to women writers of all ages who are bona fide professional workers in literature, drama or journalism.
Men who are bona fide professional workers in literature, drama or journalism may join the Society as Associate Members.
Supporters of the Society and its aims, including aspiring writers and others engaged in allied forms of work.
Benefits of membership
Email Information Loop
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
In-house and Open Competitions
Manuscript Appraisal Service
The right to use the letters MSWWJ after your name
The Baroness Floella Benjamin, DBE DL
Sir Tim Rice, The Earl of Stockton, Simon Brett, OBE, Baroness Howard of Lympne (novelist Sandra Howard), Freya North.
Lady Antonia Fraser, Victoria Glendinning, Jacqueline Wilson, Peter Lovesey, Keith Taylor, Michelle Harriman, Penny Holroyde.
Pamela Birley, Doris Corti, Valerie Dunmore, Joyce Elsden, Barbara Field-Holmes, Sylvia Kent, Jennie Lisney, Mary Rensten, Jean Marian Stevens.
Council Officers & responsibilities 2019
Minutes Secretary: Vacant
Poetry consultants: Doris Corti and Dorothy Pope
The Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS)
Ensuring authors receive fair payment for copying and other secondary uses of their work.
Internationally respected research and learning centre for the study of early women's writing from 1600 to 1830.
The National Liberal Club
Venue for many of our celebratory events and for Council meetings from 2018.