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Membership in Mystery Writers of America numbers over 3,000 Active Status, Associate, and Affiliate members internationally.

There are four categories of membership:

Active status members are published professional writers of fiction or nonfiction in the crime/mystery/suspense field.

Associate members are professionals in allied fields such as editors, publishers, agents, booksellers, librarians, etc.

Affiliate members are writers of crime fiction who are not yet professionally published, and others with an interest in the genre, including unpaid reviewers and fans or publishers not approved by MWA.

Corresponding members are those who are qualified members living outside the United States.

Benefits of Membership in Mystery Writers of America

Awards and Scholarships
Minotaur/MWA First Crime Novel Contest
MWA University
Sponsorships of Book Fairs/Festivals
The Third Degree
Website and Facebook Page
Yahoo Group

Membership in MWA automatically makes you a member in the state where you reside. Go here for more information:


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