Friends of the NBCC

Become a Friend of the NBCC and help support the activities and awards of the NBCC while taking advantage of all the benefits of membership. For $30 a year, you can join the NBCC as a non-voting associate member and show your support for working critics throughout the United States. Becoming a Friend of the NBCC allows you access to the premium discount subscriptions offered to all NBCC members. It’s an inexpensive and tax-deductible way for you to help the National Book Critics Circle not only to recognize the most worthy titles in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, biography, autobiography, and criticism but to ensure the long-term financial viability of the organization and its awards.

Ninety percent of the funding for the NBCC is generated from membership dues and revenue from our annual book awards, all of which goes to pay for putting on the annual awards ceremony. Unlike most other significant national literary awards, the NBCC’s membership board sponsors and nominates each title that is considered for our annual awards. This means that the organization doesn’t charge a submission fee to publishing houses to nominate a given title. With the exception of our benefit reception, all NBCC events are free and open to the public. Your support will help the NBCC to keep our awards and events accessible to anyone who is interested in quality literature. It will help us to expand on the mission of the National Book Critics Circle: to honor outstanding writing and foster a national conversation about reading, criticism, and literature. It will help us in our efforts to publicize the annual awards winners and finalists and reach a wider audience with news of the titles that are most worthy of readers’ attention. It will help us to expand the quality literary discussions and panels organized by the NBCC beyond those we have put on in New York City and elsewhere. And it will help us to continue our outreach to students interested in learning how to become involved in reviewing books, an outreach the NBCC has significantly begun to develop in recent years.

In March of 2012, the board of the NBCC voted to take a step we have long set as an organizational goal: to provide a cash prize to the recipient of the annual Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, the award that recognizes each year exceptional work by an NBCC member-critic. By joining the Friends of the NBCC, you can show your support for the kind of criticism the NBCC champions. A healthy critical community is essential to a healthy literary community.

Friends of the NBCC can take advantage of the growing roster of discounts to select periodicals currently offered to all membership levels of the NBCC, from the Paris Review to Granta to the New York Review of Books. These discounts can offset the amount of your $30 annual membership fee. For more details on Friends of the NBCC, contact us at

You may also send a check to Marion Winik, 4600 Keswick Rd., Baltimore, MD 21210. Please include your email address.

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Agni: $20 for a 1-year subscription (regular price $23); $38 for a 2-year subscription (regular price $43); $53 for a 3-year subscription (regular price $59)

Bookforum: 1 year/5 issues for $15.00 in the US (regular price $18).

The Common: 15% discount on any subscription.

Harper's: 12 issues for $10.50.  Subscribe now and save 87% off the cover price.  Plus, you'll get access to the archive of every issue since 1850.  Special offer valid only for members of the National Book Critics Circle.

Kenyon Review: $10 off any subscription: $25 for a 1-year subscription (regular price $35); $50 for a 2-year subscription (regular price $60); $75 for a 3-year subscription (regular price $85). 

New England Review: One-year subscription for $29, and a two-year subscription for $55.

Poetry: 50% off a one-year subscription to Poetry magazine. 

Poets & Writers: 6 issues for $12 (down from $14.95).

A Public Space: 20% off anything, including subscriptions.

Virginia Quarterly Review: 20% off anything in their store, including subscriptions.

Tin House: 20% off books and magazine subscription.