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Who are we?                                                                                          Join Sisters in Crime

We are 3600 members in 50 chapters world-wide, offering networking, advice and support to mystery authors. We are authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers and librarians bound by our affection for the mystery genre and our support of women who write mysteries. Sisters in Crime was founded by Sara Paretsky and a group of women at the 1986 Bouchercon in Baltimore.

Our mission?

Promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers.

What do we offer our members?


  • Our inSinC Quarterly (the SinC newsletter)

    Our monthly SinC Links — a digest of "news you can use" about the mystery business

    An interactive map to find our authors

    Sisters in Crime listserv, including special guests on "Mentor Mondays"

    Regional chapters, including The Guppies, a support and critique group for unpublished writers

    Discounts for Members - Gotham Writing Workshops and Writers' Police Academy

    A link on our website link to titles by Sisters in Crime authors via WorldCat, a global catalog of library collections

    An institutional presence at national and regional book events, mystery conferences and festivals with opportunities for individual author participation and/or distribution of promotional materials

    An on-going mystery review project that monitors media coverage of female and male authors

    Our blog written by board members and other distinguished SinC members

    Reports from our annual publishers summit

  • Networking, mentoring, and fun!

Please take a few minutes to explore the many facets of our website. If you're new to Sisters in Crime and want to become part of our dynamic organization, you'll find a link to the membership application in the top navigation bar. Click to join now.

Reach out to the camaraderie for which Sisters in Crime is famous; and keep reading, keep writing, keep recommending mysteries to everyone, everywhere.

The SinC archives are at home at the Mabel Smith Douglass Library of Douglass College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ.


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