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Application Process

Applications are required in two instances: new professional and associate members, and associate members applying for professional membership. Former and current ASJA members who are rejoining or renewing do not need to go through the application process.

ASJA accepts applications, renewals, and rejoining memberships only through this website. Applications cannot be emailed or snail mailed. Supporting documentation must be submitted as links and/or pdfs.

Please gather all supporting documents (urls and/or pdfs) before you begin your application. You cannot save your application to finish it later.

New Associate and Professional Members

New members have never joined ASJA. The process for applying for professional and associate membership is the same. A fee of $310 is required to complete the application, which includes providing examples of published articles and books.

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Renewing or Rejoining Members

Renewing or Rejoining members do not need to go through the application process again. They will only need to pay the $235 membership fee.

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Associate Members Applying for Professional Membership

Associate members can apply for professional membership when they have national clips or have published a book with a traditional publisher. To submit their application, they only need to pay the $235 membership fee.


Application Review Process

Membership applications are sent to the application review committee the first Tuesday of the month and are reviewed by the third Tuesday. Applicants will be notified about their membership status by the fourth Tuesday of the month.

The membership review and approval process can take up to six weeks.

If you have questions or need further guidance on what types of materials to submit, please see our FAQ; if any questions remain, contact our office at ASJAOffice@asja.org


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