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. By the end of 2012, we had 870 members. We publish an annual directory and monthly newsletters and maintain a members-only website that includes tournament transcripts, 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 awards. Those winners are honored at our annual GWAA Awards Dinner in Augusta, Ga., the Wednesday night of Masters week. The 2013 dinner is April 10. 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. Interested parties can email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application or further requirements. If you are requesting an application, please note the name of your publication and an address where information can be sent via U.S. mail. Membership is closed for 2012. Please note, we review new member applications only twice a year. Applications for 2013 will be available in mid-November and the first application deadline is January 7, 2013. The second and final deadline is June 20, 2013.