Introducing your new-look Journal
We are very pleased to introduce the Spring issue of our newly-designed magazine, which is on its way to members now. Goodbye The Woman Writer. Hello Journal! We do hope that you like the new fresh look, but rest assured the content is as comprehensive and compelling as ever. In this issue, you can read extracts from our recent competition winning entries although, sadly, the winners did not get the opportunity to meet the judges and receive their awards in person. Our House of Lords Summer event has also had to be postponed, but your Council will do all it can to reschedule as many events as possible once the current pandemic restrictions are lifted.
A reminder that annual subscriptions are now due. We appreciate that members may be missing our regular get-togethers, both regional and national, but we continue to offer the magazine, a range of writing competitions and lots of opportunities to meet ‘virtually’ via social media and online, so do please renew your membership and help us to keep your society active and thriving through this very difficult time.Diary Latest News
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.
Writers who have some published work or work in progress who do not qualify as full or associate members.
Bona fide writers who hold a valid student card.
Supporters of the SWWJ and its aims, including those engaged in or concerned with allied forms of literary or journalistic work, eg editors, publishers, agents, illustrators, photographers, librarians
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 2020
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.