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 to people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford the membership or activity. 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, including some indication of the financial difficulties from which you’re suffering. Applications are considered in strict confidence by a subcommittee, and never disclosed.


Bursaries available

BursarySponsoringStatus
1LITERARY LEGACIES LTD BURSARYOne year’s UK individual Full print membership of the CWA.
2J.C. BRIGGS BURSARYOne year’s UK Full membership of the CWA, print or digital.
3KATE NASH LITERARY AGENCY BURSARYOne year’s UK Full membership of the CWA, print or digital.
4LINDA STRATMANN SENIOR MEMBERSHIP BURSARYOne year’s UK Full membership of the CWA, print or digital, for members aged 70 or over.
5ANTONY 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.
6LESLEY JONES (FICTION EDITOR) UK MEMBERSHIP BURSARY FOR NEW MEMBERSOne year’s UK Full membership of the CWA, print or digital, for an individual who has just published their first novel.
7THE PETER JAMES UK MEMBERSHIP BURSARYOne year’s UK individual Full print membership of the CWA.
8BOOKOUTURE 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.
9FIFTY-SOMETHING UK MEMBERSHIP BURSARYOne year’s UK Full membership of the CWA, print or digital, for a member aged 50-59.
10UK FULL DIGITAL MEMBERSHIP BURSARYOne year’s Full digital membership of the CWA.
11CRIMEFEST BURSARYAttendance at CrimeFest for a CWA member – cost of registration, travel and hotel up to a maximum of £500
12FICTION FEEDBACK (DEA PARKIN) MEMBERSHIP BURSARYOne year’s Full membership of the CWA for an eligible self-published author, print or digital UK and digital overseas.
13CRIMEFEST’S SPECSAVERS BURSARYA Full Weekend Pass to CrimeFest, a panel appearance, and one night’s accommodation at the convention hotel for a CWA member. (Travel, meals and other expenses not included.)
14JARED CADE UK MEMBERSHIP BURSARYOne year’s digital membership for a Full member resident in the UK.
15JANE CORRY CRIMEFEST CONTRIBUTION BURSARY£50 contribution to a weekend pass to CrimeFest for an existing member of the CWA.
16HUMPHREY HAWKSLEY FULL MEMBERSHIP BURSARYOne year’s UK Full membership of the CWA, printed or digital.
17RAKE OZENNA SERIES FULL MEMBERSHIP BURSARYOne year’s UK Full membership of the CWA, printed or digital.
18THE FV SMITH CHILDREN’S & YA CRIME & MYSTERY BURSARYOne year’s Full digital membership fee, for writers of children’s or YA (under 18) crime or mystery.
19THE 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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