The Crime Readers' Association

The Crime Readers’ Association

The Crime Readers’ Association offers a unique perspective on the largest community of crime writers in the world: the Crime Writers’ Association. Established in 1953, the CWA is behind the prestigious Dagger Awards.

Subscribers to the CRA receive a bi-monthly edition of our online magazine, Case Files, along with all kinds of fascinating features and articles from CWA members: the authors who bring you crime fiction.

In addition, we’ll send you the monthly CRA & Debuts Newsletter containing exciting updates of special events, crime reading (and writing) opportunities, book launches, author insider news, competitions and giveaways. Become part of the CRA today and enjoy crime writing insights you won’t find anywhere else.

It’s free to subscribe and we don’t share your email with any third parties.

The CRA serves as a platform for the crime writers who are members of the CWA. We don’t feature news or books by non CWA members or pay for articles. If you’d like your book or event to feature on the website or in our communications, you need to be a CWA member; crime-writing author of any genre including non-fiction; reviewer; agent; publisher; editor. There are many benefits for author and associate members. Find out more about CWA membership here.

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The Crime Writers’ Association

The CWA celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2013. That’s sixty years of support, promotion and celebration of this most durable, adaptable and successful of genres.

Membership of the CWA is open to writers of crime fiction or non fiction who are published by a bona fide publisher, at the discretion of the committee.

The CWA runs the prestigious Dagger Awards, which celebrate the best in crime writing.

Visit the CWA website

Interested in writing?

Crime reading and writing has never been so popular. We support new writers and our experienced Crime Writers are here to offer the benefit of their experience.
We also have competitions,
the Debut Dagger and
our Criminal Critiques
and Editing service.

Just don’t forget us when
you hit the big time.

Find out more

Join the CRA

Joining the CRA is FREE. There are no lengthy forms to fill out and we need nothing but your email. You will receive a regular newsletter but no spam.