WHO ARE WE?
The International Association of Crime Writers is
an organization of professional writers who have formed
national branches in order to encourage communication among
writers of all nationalities and to promote crime writing
as an influential and significant art form. We support the
translation of crime writing into other languages and we
speak with a strong voice to defend authors against censorship
and other forms of tyranny.
Currently, we have branches
in England, Italy, Spain, Russia, Scandinavia, Bulgaria,
Germany, Mexico, Cuba, the Czech Republic, France, Switzerland,
the Netherlands, and other countries. The North American
branch, which covers both Canada and the United States,
has about 250 members. Membership world-wide is about 1,000.
WHAT DO WE DO?
IACW sponsors a number of conferences around the world.
An annual celebration of the mystery, Semana Negra,
is held in Gijòn, Spain, each summer.
The North American branch publishes a quarterly newsletter
(Border Patrol), sponsors occasional social events,
and has created several anthologies of international crime
We also annually award the prestigious Hammett
Prize for literary excellence in crime writing to a
work of fiction or nonfiction by a U.S. or Canadian author.
of Crime Writers
North American Branch
243 Fifth Avenue, #537
New York, NY 10016