Georgia Writers Registry

Looking for an author for your event? Click here to view the full list of authors on the Registry. If you’re an author and wish to add your name to the Registry, please read the below information and apply. Please note that being a Georgia Writers Association member and/or a nominee/recipient of the Georgia Author of the Year Awards does not guarantee inclusion in the registry. 

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants to the Georgia Writers Registry (GWR) must be residents of Georgia and must also earn a minimum of 12 publication points based on the following point system:

12 Points

  • Each book of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, or creative non-fiction
  • Each play produced by a professional theatre (equity contract)

6 Points

  • Each chapbook
  • Staged readings of plays by professional theatres or professional playwright’s organizations

3 Points

  • Each work of fiction, non-fiction, or creative non-fiction published in a literary journal, anthology, or edited Web publication
  • Each poem published in a literary journal, anthology, or edited web publication

Ineligible Publications

  • Publications from vanity presses
  • Self-published work
  • Work from presses that do not offer authors standard book contracts
  • Work published by a journal or anthology for which one makes editorial decisions
  • Translations

Application Process

Applications may be submitted at any time and are reviewed quarterly. Upon submission of an application, GWA staff will conduct an eligibility review.

Criteria and Scoring Process

The quality of an applicant’s credentials will be evaluated by a peer review panel based on a writing sample and the following criteria:

Artistic Merit: 50 points

The writer is recognized regionally, nationally, or internationally, having been published by recognized independent presses, magazines, or publishing houses. Honors and awards from respected journals and/or competitions as well as services, such as commissions and presentations, are also considered. At least twelve of these points must be earned through publication credentials.

Artistic Excellence: 50 Points

The writing demonstrates a high-level of skill, knowledge of the form/genre, and unique stylistic vision.

Writing Samples

The writing sample should be no more than 10 pages of fiction or creative nonfiction, six poems, or two scenes from a play. All items should be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF formats and should represent an example of the writer’s best work. Please do not send books. Any writing samples that exceed these guidelines will not be reviewed.