The Crime Readers' Association

CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition

18th September 2013

The CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition is now open. We encourage both published and unpublished writers to enter their short stories, up to 3500 words. The winner will receive £1,000 as wel...

Sunday Reading: CWA Anthology

15th September 2013

Click by Alison Joseph ‘You’d know if he was dead, though, wouldn’t you? Your own husband…..’ She stared into the black water. Around her the trees dripped with recent ra...

Saturday Sixers: Best Ever Crime Novel

7th September 2013

Over the last three weeks we have asked you, the Crime Reader, to vote for the Best Ever Crime Series and Crime Writer. Today is the day to determine which is your Best Ever Crime Novel. You may choos...

Joe Geraghty and Hull – Nick Quantrill

2nd September 2013

When I started to write the first Joe Geraghty novel, I was always going to write about my home city of Hull. I’d read Ian Rankin’s Rebus series and the way Edinburgh is used as a character left...

Saturday Sixers: The Best Ever Crime Series

31st August 2013

Over three Saturdays we will be asking you, the Crime Reader, to vote for the CWA Poll – to be announced on our 60th anniversary at a special event in London. Question Two: What is the Best Ever Crime...

CWA Dagger Shortlists

29th August 2013

The Crime Writers’ Association announced the shortlists for the remaining three CWA 2013 Gold Daggers. The eventual winners will be revealed on 24th October, at the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 20...

Saturday Sixers: The Best Ever Crime Writer

24th August 2013

Over the next three Saturdays we will be asking you, the Crime Reader, to vote for the CWA Poll – to be announced on our 60th anniversary at a special event in London. Question One: Who is the B...

Leigh RussellCRA Writing Tips: Variety in Writing

22nd August 2013

The importance of varying your pace when you are writing cannot be stressed too much. To some extent this will happen naturally through your plot, but you should also use your language to control the...

Crime Poll: Your turn

19th August 2013

Three months ago the Crime Writers’ Association asked its members to answer three simple questions as part of the celebrations surrounding the Association’s 60th Anniversary. (It was found...

A Cry for the Cosy- Lesley Cookman

16th August 2013

We’re a quietish bunch in the UK, us Mystery Writers. There’s me and a few others, some of whom cross into historical crime. But we are largely ignored by the media, rarely reviewed (except on Amazon)...

crimefestCRA Monday Giveaway -CrimeFest

11th August 2013

We are delighted to announce our August giveway – a complimentary weekend pass to CrimeFest 2014. CrimeFest was recently listed by the Guardian as one of the best crime writing festivals in the...

RefusalFelix Francis: The Low Down

2nd August 2013

Writer:  Felix Francis Area:    North Oxfordshire Day job: Ex-physics teacher but now full time writer, and dog-minder  Refusal (Dick Francis Novel) is by Felix Francis. Here, we take a look at both w...

Saturday Sixers: Sixty Shades of Grey

27th July 2013

Book sales and maternity wards bloomed with the publication of Fifty Shades of Grey.  As a bit of fun, I had a look at the CWA’s Diamond Dagger award winners over the years, and wondered how some of t...

Leigh RussellCrime Writing Tips: The Importance of Character

25th July 2013

Crime fiction is plot driven. Yet however clever and intriguing the storyline, no novel succeeds without strong characters. They need to be credible so readers can believe in them. It is also importan...

Monday Competition: Barbara Nadel

22nd July 2013

Although we have finished Crime Writing Month we are still going to run some great competitions over the next few weeks. Starting with this one a mystery selection of 3 Cetin Ikmen hardback books by t...

Saturday Sixers: On being 60

20th July 2013

The Crime Writer’s Association is 60 this year and so am I. I passed that dubious landmark just a few weeks ago.  There, that is my confession, out in the open. And while I am getting things off my ch...

Dagger Focus: CWA Dagger in the Library

19th July 2013

Belinda Bauer wins the CWA Dagger in the Library Sponsor: Dead Good, The Random House Group Belinda Bauer has won the 2013 CWA Dagger in the Library. Mobeena Khan, who chaired this year’s judges, made...

Helen-PhiferSaturday Sixers: Six Hours Can Change Your Life

13th July 2013

11:00 It’s a busy day at work today and probably the first time in a few hours that I haven’t checked my e-mails. I have been working with a wonderful editor from Harlequin who I call ‘the lovely Anna...

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.