The Crime Writers’ Association

Bursaries

The Crime Writers’ Association offers a range of bursaries for both new and existing members, to help those whose financial circumstances might prevent them from joining the CWA, renewing their membership or attending events. The bursaries are kindly provided by our members and other contributors to provide full or partial funding towards membership, CWA conference attendance or CrimeFest attendance.

Some bursaries are targeted at helping authors from specific groups. They are all awarded in strict confidence. Our online listing shows when a bursary has been awarded, but not its recipient.


How to apply

To apply for one of the bursaries below please email, bursaries@thecwa.co.uk. Please tell us your name, which bursary you are applying for, how you meet any specified criteria for the bursary, and what receiving it would mean to you. Applications are considered in strict confidence by a subcommittee, and never disclosed


Bursaries available

BursarySponsoringStatus
FINFOOT LITERARY LEGACIES BURSARYOne year’s UK individual Full print membership of the CWA.
J.C. BRIGGS BURSARYOne year’s UK Full membership of the CWA, print or digital.
KATE NASH LITERARY AGENCY BURSARYOne year’s UK Full membership of the CWA, print or digital.Awarded for 2021
LINDA STRATMANN SENIOR MEMBERSHIP BURSARYOne year’s UK Full membership of the CWA, print or digital, for members aged 70 or over.
ANTONY JOHNSTON UK MEMBERSHIP BURSARY FOR YOUNG WRITERSOne year’s UK individual Full print membership of the CWA, for an individual under the age of 35.
LESLEY JONES (FICTION EDITOR) UK MEMBERSHIP BURSARY FOR NEW MEMBERSOne year’s UK Full membership of the CWA, print or digital, for an individual who have just published their first novel.
THE PETER JAMES UK MEMBERSHIP BURSARYOne year’s UK individual Full print membership of the CWA.Awarded for 2021
BOOKOUTURE FULL OVERSEAS MEMBERSHIP BURSARYOne year’s Full Overseas (rest of world) printed membership of the CWA. Bookouture would love to see applications from writers from under-represented groups.
FIFTY-SOMETHING UK MEMBERSHIP BURSARYOne year’s UK Full membership of the CWA, print or digital, for a member aged 50-59.Awarded for 2021/22
UK FULL DIGITAL MEMBERSHIP BURSARYOne year’s Full digital membership of the CWA.Awarded for 2021
CRIMEFEST BURSARYAttendance at Crimefest 2021 – cost of registration, travel and hotel up to a maximum of £500Awarded for 2021
FICTION FEEDBACK (DEA PARKIN) MEMBERSHIP BURSARYOne year’s Full membership of the CWA, print or digital UK and digital overseas. This bursary can be applied for from January 2022.
SPECSAVERS CRIMEFEST BURSARYA 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.)
JARED CADE UK MEMBERSHIP BURSARYOne year’s digital membership for a Full member resident in the UK.
JANE CORRY CRIMEFEST ATTENDANCE BURSARYWeekend pass for CrimeFest 2021 for an existing member of the CWA.
HUMPHREY HAWKSLEY FULL MEMBERSHIP BURSARYOne year’s UK Full membership of the CWA, printed or digital.
RAKE OZENNA SERIES FULL MEMBERSHIP BURSARYOne year’s UK Full membership of the CWA, printed or digital.
THE FV SMITH CHILDREN’S & YA CRIME & MYSTERY BURSARYOne year’s Full UK, Europe or International membership fee, printed or digital, for writers of children’s or YA (under 18) crime or mystery.
THE SAPERE BOOKS UK MEMBERSHIP BURSARYOne year’s Full membership for eligible UK authors who are independently published. Sapere Books would love to see applications from writers from under-represented groups.

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