Welcome to the Georgia Writers Association!

The Georgia Writers Association is here to help you navigate the writer’s life—Georgia style!


Our readers and writers are important to us, and we want to be the go-to resource for Georgia’s premier literary community. This commitment is why we are deeply involved in helping Georgia writers build strong community, become better at their craft, and connect with fellow writers and professionals in the field. Whether you are an novice writer looking to improve and get published or a well-established professional writer with a long list of accolades, we are here to support, educate, promote, and offer camaraderie. We meet our goals by offering the following services, events, and publications:

Exit 271: Your Georgia Writers Resource – Winter 2016

  Just in time for the new year! Georgia Writers Association announces its official digital magazine, Exit 271: Your Georgia Writers Resource. Exit 271 is both a writer’s resource magazine and a literary journal. Four times a year, we will bring you a...
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The Thrifty Freelancer

More often than you might think, freelance writers stare in aggravation at an empty space where something they need–and thought they had–used to be. Whether it’s printer paper, a legal pad, batteries for a mouse, or even a memory stick, things run out just when...
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Blogging for Fun and (Potentially) Profit

It’s no exaggeration to say that blogs are everywhere. Enthusiasts, experts, and people just simply love to share thoughts and ideas click madly away on a keyboard, sometimes on a daily basis. Blogs number in the millions and millions of people read them. It...
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Making Friends with Time

There is a common misconception that if you’re a freelance writer, you don’t have a “real” job. In fact, say that you’re a freelance anything, and people conjure up images of someone who sits around watching TV or goofing off on social...
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Workshop: Saturday, January 9, 2016

How to Work on Your Now and Write a Non-Fiction Book! It’s that time of year again when we start making affirmations and resolutions of what we want to do in the New Year! For those of you who’ve had a book inside of you for a long time, you may be in need of a nudge...
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The 52nd GAYA

Nominations for the 2016 Georgia Author of the Year Awards are now open. Books published in 2015 by a Georgia author are eligible for nomination. All required materials must be submitted on or before January 31, 2016. To download nomination form and guidelines, please...
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Member-Only Benefits

Members of the Georgia Writers Association receive extra benefits—from discounted workshops to member-only online information written by experienced authors and editors. To sign-up, click here.

Georgia Author of the Year Awards

GAYA is an annual award that honors Georgia authors published in the previous calendar year. The awards cover thirteen categories in both fiction and nonfiction genres.

Workshops & Events

To see a schedule of our workshops and presentations, click here. To be notified of upcoming workshops and presentations, click here to join our mailing list.

Red Clay Writers Conference

The Red Clay Writers Conference is an all-day event that is comprised of multiple workshops that cover topics such as writing, marketing, and publishing.

Flash Fiction Contests

We will post winners of our winter flash fiction contest in our spring issue of Exit 271. Stay tuned for our summer flash fiction contest. Join in the fun and tell a story in fewer then 300 words.

Literary Events Grant of Georgia

Literary Events Grant of Georgia (LEGG) supports writers’ fees for literary events in underserved communities across the state. Literary events include readings, workshops, presentations, and performances.Click here.

Very classy with a bit of an edge.

Ann Hite

Author of Ghost on Black Mountain, 2012 Georgia Author of the Year

So striking and well put together.

Sandra Hood

Author of Blood Exchange, 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Finalist