MWA 30th Anniversary Celebration

30 Years Strong

Founded in March 1988, the Maryland Writers' Association (MWA) is a voluntary, not-for-profit, state-wide association supported by the Maryland State Arts Council and dedicated to supporting the art, business, and craft of writing in all its forms and encouraging and mentoring Maryland writers, poets, playwrights, and authors.

MWA strives to: 

  • Bring together aspiring, emerging, and established writers of all genres and disciplines
  • Serve as an information and networking resource
  • Help members make contacts that lead to publication
  • Encourage writers to reach their full potential, and
  • Promote writing within Maryland communities

MWA's diverse membership ranges from professional freelancers and published authors, to writers aspiring to be published and those who write as a creative outlet.Members produce both nonfiction and fiction, including novels, short stories, poetry, plays, scripts, speeches, feature articles, and essays. Some work in specific genres such as romance, science fiction, thriller, fantasy, children's literature, travel writing, or biography.

MWA sponsors activities that benefit the community and encourage the creative growth of Maryland's citizens. We are always open to new ideas and we welcome volunteers who wish to launch or help with community efforts.

Maryland Writers’ Association Annual Writing Contest Focuses on Maryland

** Due to overwhelming interest, Deadline has been extended to November 22, 2018 **

To help celebrate our 30th Anniversary, we want to hear from YOU about Maryland. The 30 winning submissions will be collected into an anthology titled 30 Ways to Love Maryland. Submissions are open to all MWA Members and must fit the theme, 30 Ways to Love Maryland

  • Submission must fit the theme 30 Ways to Love Maryland.
  • Submission may be fiction or non-fiction. No poetry, erotica, children’s literature, or religious material.
  • Word count: 500-3,500 words.
  • Submission open to all MWA members. (Join now!) Limit of three entries per person.
  • While writers do not have to reside in Maryland, each written piece must include a substantive connection to the state.
  • Work will be judged on creativity, quality of writing, and fit with theme.
  • There are no cash prizes. Winners will receive one copy of 30 Ways to Love Maryland at or around the time of the 2019 MWA Conference. Additional books will go on sale at the conference.

Submissions open July 1 and close midnight, Oct. 31, 2018 November 22, 2018. Link here for more information and to submit (you will be prompted to login).


The MWA held its first annual writer’s conference in 1988 and has maintained the tradition The Annual Conference has been described as a year of monthly meetings packed into a single day with a keynote addresses and seminar topics fiction, non-fiction, various genres, and business concerns. Join us for the 2019 Conference, From Brain to Bookshelf, from March 29-31, and help us cut the 30th Anniversary cake!