Am I eligible?

Our membership covers all types of writers, illustrators and literary translators at every stage of their careers. From journalists to webcomic artists, scriptwriters to bloggers, novelists to games writers, and translators to performance poets, our members work in a wide range of disciplines.

Career hasn’t yet taken off? Think you might benefit from our events, training and resources? Emerging writers who are serious about building a career can join as Associates for all the same benefits!

When we say ‘author’, we mean anyone who creates work for publication, broadcast or performance. We advise, support and campaign for all types of creators, from novelists to translators, playwrights to children’s book illustrators, performance poets to comics creators, academics to ghostwriters, and many more.

If you are interested in becoming a member, but you are unsure if it applies to you, feel free to ask us.

Check your eligibility below. If you have any queries, or if none of the below categories are quite right for you, email

I plan to become a professional writer in the future

  • Taking a course of at least one academic year’s duration that will help you become an author? Student membership (Associate) 
  • Otherwise working to develop a career as an author? Check the criteria below.

I’m a self-published or print-on-demand writer

I’m a freelance writer, blogger or journalist

I’m a writer with an agent but no publisher

I’m a writer with a publisher

I illustrate an online publication, zine or webcomic

I’m a freelance illustrator

I’m a traditionally-published illustrator

I’m a literary translator

I’m the owner or administrator of a deceased authors’ estate

If you have any questions about your eligibility that are not answered on this page, email our membership team – – or call 020 3880 2230.