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Who can become a Professional Author Member of Crime Writers of Canada?
To be considered a professional author member, you must have one of the following to your credit: a published book of at least 50,000 words (fiction, non-fiction, YA), three short stories published in approved paying markets, non-fiction articles equivalent to a non-fiction book, or a play/script/screenplay equivalent in length to a book. Because the CWC is an association of crime writers, the published works have to be crime-related to count.
To qualify with a published book: the book must be available in paperback or hard cover for sale across Canada at a price commensurate with standard trade practice for like work, through a Canadian retailer (Amazon.ca is accepted.) It must have an ISBN, copyright, professionally designed cover, and be professionally edited.
What is Crime-Related Writing?
The field of Crime Writing is a broad category that includes includes crime, detective, espionage, mystery, suspense, and thriller writing, as well as fictional or factual accounts of criminal doings and crime-themed literary works. Cross-over novels and short stories such as romantic suspense and speculative thrillers are also considered part of the genre. In broader terms, it includes any book-length work, novella or short-story that features crime or mystery as a central element.
If you do not have a crime-related publication to your name but are working on something, you would join as an associate writer member; we change your membership status to professional author member once you are published in the crime genre.
Cost of Annual PAM Membership: $130 CAN
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Associate Memberships include:
Cost of Annual Associate Membership: $88 CAN
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