Ottawa at night.


Fiction writers reach across international borders with their work and with the multitudes of sites and connections out there in the e-world it's always a challenge as to whom you include on the list. As a website is an ever-changing presence in cyber-space, there will continue to be additions to those links noted below.

Organizations for mystery and crime writers

Crime Writers of Canada (CWC) ( is a national non-profit organization for Canadian mystery and crime writers. It has sponsored Canada's Arthur Ellis Awards for Crime and Mystery Writing since 1984.

The Mystery Writers of America ( is a professional organization for professional mystery and crime writers in the United States. It hosts the prestigious Edgar Awards annually.

The Crime Writers' Association ( is an organization in Great Britain open to resident writers of crime fiction or non-fiction who are published by a bona fide publisher. Overseas members are welcomed and Associate membership is available for editors, agents and booksellers who meet certain criteria.

Sisters in Crime ( is an international organization originally created for female mystery writers. Open to both readers and writers it's a place to meet like-minded people interested in mysteries and thrillers.

International Thriller Writers ( is a professional organization for thriller writers and hosts the annual Thrillerfest conference.

Deadly Ink ( features information on contests, conferences, retreats, and other resources for aspiring and professional mystery writers.

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