Joint Writing Conference

From Writer to Author

SouthWest Writers (SWW) and the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) are co-hosting a joint writing conference in Albuquerque from Thursday, September 12 through Saturday, September 14, 2019. Read the conference overview here.

Visit these conference pages:
Full and Half Conference
Awards Banquet Only

Contest Information:
Both the SWW Short Prose & Poetry Contest and the Annual MWSA Book Contest are now closed. Winners will be announced at the conference awards banquet on Saturday night, September 14.

Conference Cost

Conference Registration

Visit the Registration Page to choose full- or half-conference options. Early-bird pricing is available through July 15. An option to attend the awards banquet only is available here. Also, make sure to choose your banquet meal by visiting this link on the MWSA site — you do not have to be a member of MWSA or SWW to use the form.

Conference Location

Hotel Albuquerque

800 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104
phone: 505.843.6300
toll-free: 1.800.237.2133
fax: 505.842.8426

Click here for the Google Map.

Hotel Albuquerque delights travelers with a distinctive blend of historic grandeur and contemporary comfort. This landmark Albuquerque luxury hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Old Town, offering lodging and amenities including an on-site restaurant and bars, an outdoor resort swimming pool, and more than 62,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space. The hotel is located in a historic district easily accessible from I-40 and within 15 minutes of Albuquerque International Sunport Airport. Within walking distance are historic landmarks, restaurants, and local shopping favorites.

Hotel Room Reservations

Rooms have been set aside at the Hotel Albuquerque for September 11–15, 2019 at the rate of $139.00 per night plus tax (single/double occupancy).

To make your own reservations, contact the hotel by calling 866-505-7829 and ask to be connected to reservations. To receive the group rate, guests must state they would like to be placed within the “MWSA General Membership Conference” block of rooms, or they may refer to the Block Code 1909MWSA.

Use this link if you prefer to do your own online booking—the Block Code comes up automatically. The link will only work over the actual room block dates. The date of arrival and departure should be selected. Please note, the reservation cut-off date is August 21, 2019. After this date, any remaining rooms within the block will be released to the hotel’s general inventory.

Book Sales

Registered attendees for the joint SWW/MWSA writing conference can sell their books during the conference via a routine process for SWW—a table on which the authors put their books with a price marked, and someone manages the sale of those books—in this case SWW will manage the sales at tables that will be provided.

For those who want SWW to manage all sales (see below), there will be a 10% cost to defray SWW costs for credit cards and mailings.

There will also be a separate table where authors can simply display their books. If another attendee wishes to buy a book from that table, the author is free to work out the sale with the purchaser.

The Book Sales table managed by SWW will be handled as follows:
Author will bring up to 5 copies each of their books to the Sales table on Friday morning. If those 5 copies sell out, the author can replenish the stock. The author is required to retrieve whatever books have not been sold by the end of the conference on Saturday. Books not picked up will not be mailed to the author.

After the event, the SWW office manager will tally up how many books were sold and checks will be cut and posted to the authors equal to the sale price of the book minus a 10% processing fee. This fee covers SWW credit charges, and charges related to cutting and mailing checks to the authors. Checks to the authors should be in the mail no later than the following Friday.

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