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Military Writers Society of America


Click on our logo to learn more about MWSA membership benefits, join or organization, or renew your existing membership.

Click on our logo to learn more about MWSA membership benefits, join or organization, or renew your existing membership.

Who we are

We are a nationwide association of authors, poets, and artists, drawn together by the common bond of military service.  Most of our members are active duty military, retirees, or military veterans.  A few are lifelong civilians who have chosen to honor our military through their writings or their art.  Our only core principle is a love of the men and women who defend this nation, and a deeply personal understanding of their sacrifice and dedication.

Our skills are varied.  Some of us are world class writers, with many successful books.  Others write only for the eyes of their friends and families.  But each of us has a tale to tell. Each of us is a part of the fabric of Freedom.  These are our stories…

For more details, click here to read more about us.  Feel free to browse our site and get to know our organization, our members and their work. 

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MWSA Reviews & Awards

One of our primary missions is to provide our MWSA authors with an objective evaluation and a written review of their work.  All books entering our review system will also be considered for an MWSA award during the season in which the book was submitted.

Our annual book submission window runs from January 15th through June 15th. 

The History of M.W.S.A.


In 1998, Vietnam veteran author Bill McDonald built a website presence for his old Army unit in Vietnam (The 128th Assault Helicopter Company) that also honored all facets of the Vietnam War. That original website started off with just his poetry and prose that he had composed while on his “tour-of-duty” in South Vietnam. That website was named “The Vietnam Experience” www.vietnamexp.com. It began as a humble reservoir of his war memories that eventually expanded to include dozens more of his brothers in arms.

The first six months online the website traffic had increased to over 17,000 visitors a month. Eventually peaking at close to 275,000 a month after he participated in the making of the war documentary film (from Arrowhead Films) called “In The Shadow of The Blade” www.intheshadowoftheblade.com  The Vietnam Experience website eventually surpassed the 30 million total visitors in 2008. They no longer track the total...


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Dispatches is the quarterly publication for the Military Writer's Society of America.

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Current Issue:

2019 General Membership Conference
September 2019
Albuquerque, NM

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