The Crime Writers' Association

CWA Bursaries

The CWA is offering a range of bursaries for both new and existing members. These bursaries provide full or partial funding towards membership, CWA conference or CrimeFest attendance for members whose financial circumstances might prevent them from re-joining the Association or attending an event.

Some of these bursaries are intended for authors from specific groups.


How to apply

If you would like to apply for any of the bursaries below please email: bursaries@thecwa.co.uk

We ask you to provide your name, email contact address, and which bursary you are applying for. Your application should also let us know how you meet any criteria for the bursary, where specified, and what receiving it would mean to you. Applications will be considered in strict confidence by a CWA subcommittee led by the Chair.

Our website will announce when bursaries have been awarded but not the name of the recipient.


The bursaries available


Bursary 1: Finfoot Literary Legacies Bursary

Sponsoring: One year’s UK individual Full print membership of the CWA.


Bursary 2: J.C. Briggs Bursary

Sponsoring: One year’s UK Full membership of the CWA, print or digital.


Bursary 3: Kate Nash Literary Agency Bursary

Sponsoring: One year’s Full UK membership printed or digital.


Bursary 4: Linda Stratmann Senior Membership Bursary

Sponsoring: One year’s Full UK membership printed or digital, for members aged 70 or over.


Bursary 5: Antony Johnston UK Membership Bursary for Young Writers

Sponsoring: One year’s Full print UK membership for a member under the age of 35.


Bursary 6: Lesley Jones (Fiction Editor) UK Membership Bursary for New Members

Sponsoring: One year’s Full membership of the CWA, either print or digital, for UK members who have just published their first novel.


Bursary 7: The Peter James UK Membership Bursary

Sponsoring: One year’s UK Full printed membership of the CWA.


Bursary 8: Bookouture Full Overseas Membership Bursary

Sponsoring: One year’s Full Overseas (rest of world) printed membership of the CWA.
Bookouture would love to see applications from writers from under-represented groups.


Bursary 9: Fifty-something UK Membership Bursary

Sponsoring: One year’s UK Full membership fee, printed or digital, for a member aged 50-59.


Bursary 10: UK Full Digital Membership Bursary

Sponsoring: One year’s Full digital membership of the CWA.


Bursary 11: Crimefest Bursary

Sponsoring: Attendance at Crimefest 2020 – cost of registration, travel and hotel up to a maximum of £500


Bursary 12: Fiction Feedback (Dea Parkin) Membership Bursary

Sponsoring: One year’s Full membership, printed or digital UK and digital overseas.


Bursary 13: Specsavers CrimeFest Bursary

Sponsoring: A Full Weekend Pass to CrimeFest, a panel appearance, and two nights’ accommodation at the convention hotel. (Not included are travel, meals, or any other expenses.)