How Do I?

ACFW has so much to offer, and we want to make sure you make the most out of your ACFW membership and your conference experience. Here are some frequently asked questions about becoming a member of ACFW, finding a local chapter, attending a conference, connecting with us, and so much more.

Membership | Conference | Contests | Email & Facebook | Local Chapters & Zones | Programs | Contact List

Membership Questions
  • I’m a new member. How do I access the Member’s Only section?
    Click the LOGIN button at the top right of our website and fill in your chosen user name and password. If you don’t recall your chosen user name, you may use your email address as your user name. You can retrieve your password here or email If you want to join ACFW, click here to register. The new member fee is $75. Renewal for current members is $49, as of February 1, 2019.
  • I’ve forgotten my password. How do I retrieve it?
    Click here to reset your password. If your email has changed, contact ACFW’s Membership Director at or the Web Manager at
  • If I’m a former member, may I just renew my membership?
    Once your membership has lapsed, you’ll need to re-join ACFW for the $75 new member fee. However, if you know your user name and password, you may log-in to your old account and make any updates. This will save you from completing a brand new membership application. From there, you’ll be taken to the payment page. Please see questions above if you’ve forgotten your user name and password.
  • How do I know when my ACFW membership is up for renewal?
    Your membership is good for one year. The Membership Director will email you a renewal notice before your renewal is up as a reminder. If you have questions about your membership, contact
  • How do I renew my ACFW membership?
    Click here to renew your membership. If you have questions, contact the Membership Director at
  • I’m under 18. Do I qualify for ACFW membership?
    Teen members over the age of 14 are welcome to join ACFW. Our policy is that your parent will be notified when you input the membership application. This does not change the conference age requirement. If you have questions, contact the Membership Director at

ACFW’s National Conference

I have a question about the conference. Who do I email?
Go to our conference pages, which should have all the information needed to answer your question. Look carefully at the right hand sidebar for specifics. If you don’t see your answer on the website, contact our Conference Director at

ACFW Contests

I have a question about ACFW’s contests. Who do I contact?
The Genesis Contest is for unpublished novelists. Click here for details. If you have more questions, contact the Genesis Coordinator at The Genesis Contest is open for entries from January 2 – March 15.

The Carol Awards honors the best in Christian fiction from the previous year. Click here for more details. If you still have questions, contact the Carol Awards coordinator at The Carol Awards accepts entries from January 2 – March 15.

ACFW’s First Impressions Contest gives unpublished writers the opportunity to enter the first five pages of their manuscript for judging. Information is available here. Questions may be directed to

Any general questions about ACFW’s contests can be sent to

Email Loops and Facebook Groups

  • How do I join one of ACFW’s Email Loops?
    First, log-in to the members only area of the website. Then follow this link to eLoops page and follow the instructions. You’ll also see a link to the Facebook pages from here. If you have trouble joining an eLoop, contact our List Hostesses at for assistance.
  • What are the eLoop guidelines?
    There are guidelines for posting to the main loop. You can see them here. If you have questions regarding the guidelines or determining whether your message is appropriate for the main loop, please contact the List Hostesses at They’ll be happy to answer any question you might have.
  • I’m having difficulty with managing my eLoop subscriptions, receiving or sending eLoop messages or joining or unsubscribing from an eLoop. What do I do?
    Contact the ACFW List Hostesses at
  • How do I access eLoop or Course archives?
    Our Loop archives are here. You must have your user name and password to link to this area.

Local Chapters and Geographic Zone Groups

How do I find an ACFW chapter near me?
Check out our Local Chapters list here or contact our Zone Coordinator for more information at

Geographic Zones?
ACFW is divided into various geographic zones so you can find writers in your area, with or without a local chapter. See which Zone you belong in here or contact our Zone Coordinator for more information at

Programs to Keep you Writing

  • How do I join the Novel Track program?
    Click here for details on Novel Track, where you set a monthly writing goal and find tips, tricks and encouragement to help you meet that goal. We hold month-long writing challenges, to encourage you to reach your word count goal, then month-long editing sessions, to polish your work.
  • How do I join ACFW’s critique group?
    Information on ACFW’s Critique program can be found here. You must first go through our brief critique orientation program. Once you’ve completed the orientation program, you will be provided a link to join the large critique group.
  • How do I join the monthly on-line course?
    Information about ACFW’s monthly on-line email courses can be found here. There’s also a link to our on-line course loop archives on this page.

Contact List

Do you have a list of contacts for any other questions I might have?
Our list of contacts can be found here. Or for a more detailed list of our staff and volunteers, click here. Keep this information handy for future reference.