Welcome to the Houston Writers Guild

Houston Writers Guild is a non-profit, volunteer led community of writers in the Greater Houston area.  Our purpose is to support each other in fellowship, work to sharpen our craft, and promote our members' writing careers.  Join the Houston Writers Guild today!

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Join Us For Our Guild Social @ The Downtown Grotto!


Writefest 2018

A Festival for Writers Presented by Houston Writers' Guild and Writespace


For the last twenty years, the Houston Writers' Guild has been running its annual Agents and Editors conference, bringing literary agents and book editors to Houston every spring.

Two years ago, Writespace launched Writefest, a festival focused on connecting new and emerging writers of short form work, such as poetry, short stories, or essays, with literary journal editors who can publish their writing.

Now these two conferences are coming together as one.

Writefest 18 will combine the best of both the HWG Agents and Editors conference and the original Writefest festival. Literary agents, book publishers, and journal editors will converge in the heart of Houston to mingle with writers of all genres, backgrounds, and experience levels. The festival will feature one-on-one pitch sessions, a literary journal fair, a week of intensive workshops, panels and presentations covering the breadth of publishing topics, and much more. And as with both of its parent conferences, Writefest 18 will be dedicated to serving writers of all genres, from literary fiction to poetry to mystery to creative nonfiction to science fiction and fantasy.

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Join Us For Our Spring Series!

Masquerade Gala
and Toy Drive

SATURDAY, December 2, 2017

Join the Houston Writers Guild for our first annual Masquerade Gala.  The event will start at 7pm with a sit down plated dinner accompanied by light jazz.  Following a short message from the leadership, the event will flow into a night of dancing, giveaways, and culminate in a costume contest around 11 pm.  As an official 501c3 organization, your ticket price, your membership dues, and any donations you choose to give to your Guild are tax deductible.

Come have fun, dance, dress up in your finest or come in costume, and support your Guild. There will be a cash bar for those who would like to partake.

Masquerade Gala Book Cover Contest

To enter, purchase your ticket to the Masquerade.  Bring your book with you.  Voting will take place during the event.  Winner will be announced that night.

Winner will receive a seal for best book cover 2017 from the Guild and the book will be featured on our website with link to purchase and a press release will be issued about the winner.

Bring your friends and family and join us for a great and fun night!

HWG presents our 2017 annual short story contest:

We’ll be accepting submissions from 09/06 to 12/31/2017 for fiction and/or creative non-fiction short stories no longer than 5000 words.

The theme of this year's contest is Outside the Window – Tales of the World: submissions must adhere to the topic - related to traveling, exploring, and/or experiencing new and different cultures, and how traveling opens one’s mind to understand and appreciate the world around us.

All qualifying entries will receive feedback from our judge panel that includes industry professionals, and prizes will be given to 1st place and runner up. Eligible entries will be published in HWG Press next anthology.

For more information click here.

Indiepalooza 2017

The Houston Writers Guild is Proud to announce our annual independent writers conference, Indiepalooza!

Houston Writers Guild Summer Series

The Houston Writers Guild, in collaboration with the Katherine Tyra Public Library, is hosting a free hands-on craft-focused series of workshops.  Each Monday starting in June through to the end of August, from 6 pm to 7:30 pm, at 16719 Clay Rd, various craft topics will be presented and time will be allotted for writing.  No RSVP needed. Full line up and topics can be found at this event’s page.

Volunteers Needed!

Want to get involved? We are currently looking for volunteers! If you would like to get in on the action contact us at info@houstonwritersguild.org.


The Annual April Guild Conference is held for three days every Spring. This is HWG’s cornerstone event, bringing together literary professionals in a themed conference. In addition, the Guild hosts the Indiepalooza Conference each Fall.


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Whether to sharpen your craft, prepare for publishing, or start marketing, HWG offers workshops at every step of your writing career. Generally, monthly workshops, instructional seminars, and other events are held at venues across Houston.

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Critique Groups

With critique groups and writing circles all over the Houston area, HWG makes it easy to find the right support for your genre and goals.  Want to start a new critique group? We can help with that, too!

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HWG now broadcasts live webinars on our You Tube Channel. Participate in an interactive, real-time webinar with a professional in the literary industry, from the privacy of your own computer.

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Houston Writers Guild holds an annual themed contest for publication in our Spring Anthology. In addition to learning about last year’s contest, find information about the anthology theme and its release date.

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Advertising Opportunities

Free book launch and event marketing through our newsletter and social media sites for HWG members. Advertising opportunities include website and newsletter advertising, workshop and conference program sponsorship.

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HWG Voices BlogThe HWG Voices Blog

For, by and about Houston Writers Guild Members, the HWG Voices Blog features member-written topical series posts. Find instructions for submitting your original ideas, tips and experiences on the member post submission guidelines page. Submit as many posts as you like throughout the topic campaign -- there is never a fee for submission. Provides opportunity to promote your book or brand in an accompanying bio.  HWG Voices also includes informative and motivating guest posts, inspirations from the HWG Leadership Team, author interviews, publisher and agent insights, and event reviews.  There is an on-going call for submissions on various topics.  See Submission Guidelines for more information.

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