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Every month we are awarding $500 to a bookstore to use for promotion or marketing or hosting book signing events.  

UPDATE (1/21/2018): The Board has approved the extension of this program through 2018.

Entering could hardly be easier.

To enter: simply complete the entry form. Be sure to include a photo of one or more of your staff holding three books for sale in your bookstore -- books that are written by Sisters in Crime members. You can find a list of our members who are authors by clicking here, or by navigating to our top menu drop-down menu and look under Resources --> Author Search.) There's also a scroll line of members' books on the bottom of our homepage to get you started.

What happens then? After the random drawing on the first business day of the month, the winning bookstore will be contacted. Those not successful in one month will automatically be entered for subsequent drawings. There is no cost or obligation other than allowing us to post winners' photos on our website and InSinC, the Sisters in Crime quarterly (you can see older back-issues at

We welcome photos of bookstore staff receiving the check from a representative of a local SinC chapter and/or photos of any promotional event that may have resulted from the award. You can send them to  WINNERS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO HAVE AN EVENT FOR SISTERS IN CRIME.

Below you will find photos of our latest winners, and you can visit past year's winners by using the drop-down More in this Section navigation.

Restrictions: Only bookstores located in the United States may enter the drawing. This funding must be used for promotional expenses that support authors by encouraging the sale of books. It may not be used for salaries or basic operational expenses.

If you have Sisters in Crime author mysteries on your shelves we would love for you to enter this drawing. We at Sisters in Crime LOVE bookstores and want to see them thrive.

And the Winners Are... 

January 2018: Sherman's Maine Coast Book Shop in Damariscotta, ME.

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December 2017: Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City, IA.

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