New England Chapter: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island

About Us

How to Become a Member of MWA

Taken from the MWA website at

The Mystery Writers of America is the leading association for professional crime writers in the United States. Members of MWA include most major writers of crime fiction and non-fiction, as well as screenwriters, dramatists, new-media writers, editors, publishers, and other professionals in the field. We welcome anyone who is interested in mysteries and crime writing to join MWA.

The membership information on this Web site is subject to change without notice. Every attempt has been made to present accurate information about membership and membership categories, but all memberships, criteria, and category assignments are made or approved at the discretion of the MWA National Board.

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There are four categories of membership:

*Active membership is open to professional writers in the crime/mystery/suspense field whose work has been published or produced in the U.S., who reside in the U.S., and who meet specific criteria set by the Board for this category. Only Active members may vote, hold office, and serve on Edgar® committees in MWA. If you are interested in applying for Active category membership, please contact our office.

*Associate membership is open to professionals residing in the U.S. who work in certain allied fields.

*Affiliate members are writers of crime/mystery/suspense fiction who are not yet professionally published, and others with an interest in the genre, including unpaid reviewers.

*Corresponding members are those who might be in any of the above categories, but who live outside the United States.

To apply, you must print the appropriate application form from your browser, or write to us to ask for an application form:

Mystery Writers of America
1140 Broadway, Suite 1507
New York, NY  10001

Click here for an application. If you are applying for Active category for the first time, we will be sending you a supplemental application asking for more information regarding your professional credits.

Completed application forms should be sent to the same address. All memberships and membership classifications must be approved by the MWA Board.

Dues for all categories of membership are $115.00 per year. There is no initiation fee. Payment may be made online at or mailed directly to MWA. Please include your first year’s dues with your application.