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 in the UK and overseas who 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.

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

It’s been well over sixty 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?

Membership of the CWA is open to published crime writers, with provisional membership available to writers who have a contract but whose book is not yet out.

Please note that:

* Self-published works do not qualify you for membership.

* Nor do works where you have contributed to the cost of publication.

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.

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, in film, radio or television.

Categories of membership

Full is 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
Provisional is 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
Associate is 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
Corporate is 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


Apply for membership

If you are applying as a Full or Provisional member please also indicate, using the dropdown list, which publisher you are with.

Eligible publishers also include those listed in the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook (excluding any self-publishing imprints). If your publisher does not appear on this list please do get them to contact so they can be included.

If you are applying as an Associate member please use ‘n/a’.

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  6. The CWA has reciprocal agreements with the Society of Authors, the Historical Writers’ Association and Crime Writers of Canada to give a 20% discount on the first year’s CWA subscription to members of those organisations. This discount will be applied after your membership has been approved.
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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.

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Renew your membership

We are delighted that you wish to renew your membership. To do so please contact