Become a Member

Our Members are champions of literature. Their support makes our engagement work in schools and prisons possible. They enable us to celebrate literature in all of its wonderful diversity. As a thank you, we give them all the joys of a literary festival and book club rolled into one, all year round.

As a Member of the RSL you can:

  • Attend our events – over 20 each year – free of charge, online and in person
  • Bring a guest to each event at a discounted price
  • Subscribe free to our magazine RSL Review, both in print and online
  • Watch previous event recordings and access special Member-only content
  • Enter the ballot to come to our summer party where we present new Fellows
  • Take advantage of exclusive offers with our partner organisations.


Membership is £30 a year for Young Persons’ Membership (under 30) or £50. There is an additional £10 administration fee in the first year only.

If you would like to pay annually by Direct Debit, please visit our GoCardless page for either Individual or Young Person’s Membership and enter your details there.

If you have any questions about RSL Membership, please contact us.

Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.

Billing Address
Is your billing address the same as your postal address?
Type of Membership
Please select which type of Membership you would like to purchase
Date of Birth
Enter here your discount or gift membership code.
£0.00
Eligible for Gift Aid?
The RSL is a charity, and with Gift Aid you can support us even further. If you are a UK taxpayer, for every £1 you give, we can claim 25p in addition from HM Revenue and Customs at no extra cost to you. All we need is your consent, which you can give by selecting ‘Yes’ above. By selecting 'Yes', you agree to the following statement. 'I would like the Royal Society of Literature to Gift Aid this donation and any donations I make in the future or have made in the last 4 years. I am a UK taxpayer and understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax in the current tax year than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations it is my responsibility to pay any difference. I will inform The Royal Society of Literature if I wish to amend or cancel this claim, or if I change my name or address.'

You must be aged 16 or over to join the RSL. In order to fulfill your membership, the RSL will process the information you have provided above, including adding you to our mailing list. Please ensure that you have read and understood our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy prior to submitting your details. By purchasing a Membership, you are agreeing to these.