Why join?

Why join EPA? Reasons to belong

Regular EPA membership is available to publications that meet our membership criteria. Associate membership is available for writers, photographers, designers and others. Business affiliate membership is available for organizations that work with the Christian publishing industry.

All members of EPA receive the following benefits:

  • Joining EPA makes you a member of the world’s largest professional organization for the evangelical periodical publishing industry.
  • Full access to the extensive “members-only” area of this Web site, including instructional articles, interviews with leading Christians, style guides, photo sources, a guide to freelancers, industry-specific classified ads, and more.
  • Access to our regularly updated on-line membership directory.
  • The ability to use our Web site to list job openings, equipment for sale, internship opportunities, freelance needs, and more.
  • EPA members have the opportunity to network with their peers throughout the year using our e-mail lists — a service set up to facilitate easy communication among members.
  • EPA’s newsletter, Liaison
  • The Annual EPA Handbook and Directory, listing extensive contact information for all EPA members.
  • Special membership rates to our annual convention. The convention offers training and encouragement for editors, writers, designers, publishers � anybody involved in periodical production. It’s a great chance to take one’s nose away from the grindstone for a few days and think about the bigger picture. EPA staffers come back from conventions with dozens of ideas for improving their work and adding to their bottom line.
  • By joining EPA, you help strengthen the entire industry through such programs as journalism scholarships and support for overseas Christian publishing efforts.

Publication members receive these additional benefits:

  • EPA member publications can display the EPA logo, signifying their commitment to professionalism and to the evangelical publishing industry. Press cards for qualifying staffers, indicating that they are credentialed with a national press organization.
  • Opportunities to participate in EPA’s mentoring program, pairing newer members with experienced editors for ongoing critique and training.
  • EPA members receive a discount when they register for our annual convention. The convention offers training and encouragement for editors, writers, designers, publishers � anybody involved in periodical production. It’s a great chance to take one’s nose away from the grindstone for a few days and think about the bigger picture. EPA staffers come back from conventions with dozens of ideas for improving their work
  • Eligibility for our annual contest. which recognizes the best of Christian magazine publishing each year, Even if you don’t win, the contest provides an inexpensive critique service — an opportunity to have your work evaluated by top-notch industry professionals.
  • Access to our “Person to Person” evaluation program. An experienced editor will review several issues of your magazine before our annual convention, then sit down with your editor and/or other staffers for a one-on-one in-depth critique.
  • EPA represents its members in postal matters by participating in rate cases with the post office to fight increases in non-profit periodical rates.
  • EPA members have access to the services of our standing ethics committee. While most members hope to never need this service, our ethics committee can provide a useful alternative to court-based resolution of disputes.

Associate members receive these additional benefits:

  • A press card, indicating that you are credentialed with a national press organization.
  • An opportunity to enter your best published article in our annual contest).
  • Access to our on-line library of writer’s guides and theme lists for EPA member periodicals.
  • Free classified ads in the “members only” section of our Web site, including a category for “freelance articles available.”
  • Expanded access to decision-makers at the nation’s leading Christian periodicals.
  • A member discount on listing in our “Guide to Freelancers,” which puts your name and information in the hands of hundreds of editors.

Business Affiliate members receive these additional benefits:

  • EPA business affiliates can use the EPA logo, signifying their commitment to the evangelical publishing industry.
  • Expanded access to decision-makers at the nation’s leading Christian periodicals.
  • Member discounts on promotional opportunities offered by EPA