A contest entrant from Maine writes:
QUESTION: For membership, should I send my membership application form (which provides a different address) with the membership fee and contest submission, or should I send the membership application separately to its own address with a note that the fee was sent with the contest submission?
ANSWER: If you were in-state it wouldn't really matter which address you sent your membership to (the one on the membership application for our website or the one on the contest entry form). However, because we require organizational membership for people entering our contest who live out-of-state it's important that the contest coordinator (me) know that you're a member when processing your entry. Rather than me needing to contact the secretary to confirm it with her, it's easier if you include your membership application and fee as part of your contest entry fees. This way I will immediately know you're paid up and eligible. I'll then forward the membership information on to the secretary and your check to our treasurer.
(WV Writers is an a volunteer organization with officers spread across the state, so it gets tricky sometimes.)