Crime Writers' Association

Since 1953, the CWA has promoted the crime and thriller genres, and supported its membership of professional writers working in both fiction and non-fiction. Though founded and based in the UK, CWA members can be found across the globe.

The CWA is also home to the world-famous Daggers, awards celebrating the very best in crime writing since 1956.


London, England UK



CWA members enjoy a wide range of benefits and support, including promotion of their work and events to a large, engaged audience of readers; meeting and networking with other writers; inclusion in newsletters and social media posts; attending CWA events such as our annual conference, regional chapter social meetings, and the Christmas party; Red Herrings, the CWA’s monthly members-only magazine; discounts for festivals and sister organisations; the chance to be published in official CWA anthologies; online promotion through our newsletters and social media; opportunities to give paid critiques to help aspiring writers; a free members-only tax helpline; and more.

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