The Crime Writers' Association


The Crime Writers’ Association is one organisation with around 850 ambassadors. Our entry criteria is simple and wide ranging. We offer full membership for those authors in the UK and overseas who have/ have had published a full length work of crime fiction or non-fiction, and provisional membership for those who have a contract from a recognised publishing house but have not yet had their work published. If you are an author based outside the UK you are equally welcome. If you have self-published a full-length crime novel and can demonstrate your professionalism, you are most welcome too.

For those who work primarily within the industry – publishers, editors, agents, bloggers and reviewers – we also have associate and corporate membership categories.

It’s approaching seventy years since John Creasey founded the CWA with the remit of promoting and supporting the genre. The association has gone from strength to strength without losing sight of our original mission, and our membership is diverse with authors at all stages of their writing careers, writing within a multiple of crime genres and sub-genres, including non-fiction and true crime.

Why should you join?

Are you a crime writer, reviewer, editor or agent? Or is your business concerned with publishing, bookselling or representing crime writers?

Click here to read all the benefits of becoming a member

Join us today and you can benefit from:

  • Meeting and networking with other crime writers – both at our events and virtually via our members-only Facebook page
  • The pleasure of attending our annual conference, exclusively for CWA crime writers
  • Discounts and special offers; for example 20% off your first year’s CWA membership for members of the Society of Authors
  • Meeting publicists, journalists, bloggers, editors and other associate member at our events
  • Our wide range of contacts in libraries and festivals, to help you organise and publicise your author events
  • Our monthly magazine, Red Herrings, and regular enewsletters full of news, events, and opportunities for crime writers
  • Selling your books and engaging directly with thousands of crime writing fans through our Crime Readers’ Association. As well as the website, where you can post blogs and have your books – complete with Amazon and Hive links – and profile featured in Find An Author, we send a regular newsletter featuring members’ news, and a bimonthly ezine with details of members’ new books, to a database of over 11,000 – all of which help our members to reach new audiences.
  • Access to a dedicated free tax helpline for members, kindly provided by HW Fisher & Company.

Who can join?

Individual authors
Membership of the CWA is open to published crime writers, whose books are currently available in the English language (either in original text or translation), with provisional membership available to writers who have a contract but whose book is not yet out.

Application for membership is open to authors who:

  1. have a traditional publishing contract with a recognised traditional publisher and the author has not contributed to the cost of publication;
    List of recognised traditional publishers (a-z). NB This is not exhaustive; if your publisher isn’t on here, please apply anyway. We will contact you.

    • are published by a third party and have contributed to the cost of publication;
    • are independently or self-published, where the author acts as their own publisher and covers all costs.

    Authors who fall under Category 1 should fill in the Traditionally Published Author Membership form.

    Authors who fall under Categories 2 & 3 should complete the Self-Published application form.

    Please note: while the application process for the different categories of authors differs, once membership is approved, there is no hierarchy of membership and all full members enjoy the same rights and benefits.

    If you are an author and would like to join the CWA but financial constraints are a problem, please take a look at our Bursaries.

    Associate membership is open to individuals in the publishing industry who work in a professional capacity with crime writers or in crime writing. Editors, individual agents, booksellers, reviewers, bloggers and journalists are likely to be eligible. Please apply here.

    Corporate membership of the CWA is open to publishers, literary agents, booksellers and others connected with the production of individual CWA members’ work, whether in print, on stage or in film, radio or television. Please apply here.

    Please click here to read all of the benefits of becoming a Corporate or Associate member.

    Categories of membership

    Fullis open to writers who have published at least one full –length novel or non-fiction book with a crime theme; or published serials, short stories or feature articles with a crime theme, equivalent in total to a book-length work; or a feature film script or a number of shorter screenplays with a crime theme, approximating to a book-length work; or a full-length play with a crime theme, produced in the professional theatre; or radio or television scripts, which have been broadcast, and which approximate to a book-length work.£55
    UK: £65
    Europe: £100
    Rest of World: £107
    Provisionalis open to crime writers with a valid contract, whose first book will be published within the next two years. Provisional membership is open to those, who when their book is published, will qualify for full membership. If the book on the basis of which provisional membership has been granted is not published at the end of two years, then this membership will automatically expire. Provisional membership will automatically convert to Full membership when your book is published.£55
    UK: £65
    Europe: £100
    Rest of World: £107
    Associateis open to those who, in their profession or occupation, are associated with the genre – including publishers, editors, literary agents, crime reviewers, booksellers and those connected with the production of members’ work, whether in print, online, on stage, in film, radio or television.£65
    UK: £75
    Europe: £105
    Rest of World: £115
    Corporateis open to companies and organisations, such as publishers and literary agencies, whose activities are to a large degree concerned with crime writing. Corporate Members can receive up to five printed copies of Red Herrings. Extra copies can be ordered at an extra cost.£100
    UK: £120
    Europe: £145
    Rest of World: £155