Golf Writers Association of America
Thanks for your interest in GWAA membership. Our organization's goal is to improve working conditions for the membership. We strive for constant improvement in press facilities at tournaments, hotel accommodations, local transportation, interviews with the players and work in concert with the Association of Golf Writers, our British counterparts. In August 2015, we had 830-plus members. We publish an annual directory and monthly newsletters and maintain a members-only website that includes the most comprehensive archive of tournament transcripts dating back to 1997, contact numbers, links to newspapers, magazines and tournament sites, a bulletin board and other information that help us do our jobs better.
We also sponsor an annual writing contest and a number of annual awards. Those winners are honored at our annual GWAA Awards Dinner in Augusta, Ga., the Wednesday night of Masters week. The 2016 dinner is April 6. Our board of directors meets annually with officials from the all governing bodies to review policies, working conditions at events and discuss any bumps we encountered while doing our jobs. There are currently three membership categories -- Regular (staff writers and editors), Associate (part-time writers, includes freelancers), and Professional (golf public relations/ marketing). Writers applying for membership must meet a specific set of criteria, which includes writing for GWAA recognized publications/websites. Professional membership is for individuals only. Among other criteria, candidates for Regular membership must submit a minimum of 12 different golf stories published (not just written) in the current 12-month period. Associate members must publish six different stories under the same criteria. A book, which must be published and released in that 12-month period, counts as one piece. Further details are in the application. Membership is closed for 2015. Please note, we review new member applications only twice a year. Applications for 2016 will be available in mid-November and the first application deadline is January 8, 2016. The second and final deadline is July 8, 2016. Interested parties can email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application starting in mid-November or for further requirements. If you are requesting an application, please note the name of your publication/company. We send applications via email. If you want the form sent via U.S. mail, please include a postal mail address.