Join the HWA


Benefits of Membership

The HWA exists to promote, support and connect authors of historical fiction and non-fiction. We do this in a variety of ways and are always working on new ideas and fresh approaches for and with our members.

Festivals, Events and Libraries

We continue to work closely with libraries and bookshops to provide speakers, panels and events. Please contact us with any enquiries.
We also run a number of social events for members including two dinners every year in London and an increasing number of regional get-togethers.

Historia Magazine

We have our own online magazine, Historia, which aims to promote our authors to the widest possible online audience. It is edited by Frances Owen and members can advertise free on its pages. See the guide on how to submit an advert on our Resources page.

Social Media

We are building an engaged and enthusiastic audience on twitter and facebook to promote our members and their work.

The Crowns

Our new trio of awards reward and recognise the best in historical writing in the UK today.
Read all about them here.


Our website features links to members’ works helping to engage with a wide audience.

We provide extra publicity through our ‘featured authors‘ section for our new members and any authors who have recently updated their profile or added details of new books.

Membership is open to historical fiction and non-fiction writers who have work published by a recognised publisher, plus their agents and publishers. Membership is limited to those authors who have had work published in the last 5 years. For the avoidance of doubt, ‘historical’ shall be defined as being beyond 35 years from the point of application.


The HWA is run by an elected committee of nine members, including a Chair, Membership Secretary, Treasurer and the Editor of Historia with professional administrative support. Any members wishing to join the committee or take a more active role in the Association will receive a warm welcome from the Chair on