ALSCW membership carries full voting rights and privileges, regardless of dues category, free subscriptions to Literary Imagination (our acclaimed review, issued three times per year), Literary Matters: The Newsletter of the ALSCW, Forum (our imprint on literary advocacy and public policy, issued on an occasional basis and with the approval of the ALSCW Council),
access to all password-protected sections of the ALSCW Website, including the ALSCW Member List, and the complete archive of the ALSC Newsletter and Literary Matters, dating back to 1995.
Members are also eligible to serve as ALSCW officers, members of the ALSCW Council, and as members of any of a number of standing and/or special committees.
Members have the opportunity to attend any local readings or meetings that may be organized throughout the year. Members also have opportunities to propose, organize, host such local meetings , and to apply for mini-grants to defray some or all of the associated costs.
Notes on renewal rates, categories, and general membership.
New members are entitled to the discounted dues rate of $45 for the first calendar year of membership; after the first year, these members are referred to the tiered dues structure to determine the membership category that best fits their circumstances..
Joint members receive single subscriptions to all ALSCW imprints.
Lifetime members are exempt from all renewal policies but encouraged to contribute to the ALSCW Annual Fund each year.
The ALSCW membership year is based on the calendar year (January-December). When you join as a new member, ALSCW will send you all ALSCW publications for the year up to your joining date, and continue your subscriptions on a regular basis for the remainder of the membership year.
Dues may be paid at any time during the calendar year, but early renewals allow us to budget our resources more effectively; please renew your dues early in the year or request the automatic renewal option.
- To authorize automatic renewal of your membership, simply check the appropriate box on your Membership Form. You will be charged for subsequent years' dues according to the payment information you provide. ALSCW will send you a reminder notice of the impending automatic debit at least one month before the charge to your account is to be made.
- You can cancel your participation in this program at any time. Simply inform ALSCW in writing before January 1 of the year for which you wish to cancel your participation in the auto-renewal program. Thereafter, you can renew "manually" or cancel your membership altogether.
You may join ALSCW or renew your membership at any time; however, to vote in the annual elections, ALSCW must RECEIVE your membership instructions and contribution by February 1. Postmarks are not considered proofs of receipt for this purpose.
New Rates, effective as of December 1, 2012: The categories have been reduced to 4: Premium memberships at $125 annually; Regular memberships at $85 annually; Senior membership (70 and above) at $60; Reduced price memberships at $45 annually (those eligible for reduced price memberships are members in their first year, students, and members earning less than $50,000 a year). We have eliminated the category of joint domestic memberships and will simply offer two-member households the regular $85 rate, in return for which they will receive all the benefits provided by a current joint domestic membership--a single copy of our publications and full member privileges for both persons in the household.