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At Sisters in Crime We Love Bookstores. As a part of our mission to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition, and professional development of women crime writers, every month we award $500 to a bookstore to use for promotion, marketing, or hosting book signing events.

In response to the current pandemic, we will be drawing the winners for the rest of 2020—nine winners—on April 16, 2020. We want to get these prizes out while the need is great. The deadline for entry is April 15. All other entry criteria remain the same.


Eligibility and Restrictions


  • Only bookstores located in the United States and Canada may enter.
  • The 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.
  • There is no cost or obligation other than allowing Sisters in Crime to post winners' photos on our website and in inSinC, the Sisters in Crime quarterly journal.


How to Enter


  • Complete this entry form.
  • Include a photo of one or more of your staff holding three or more books by Sisters in Crime members that are for sale in your bookstore. You can find a list of Sisters in Crime authors here.


What Happens Next


  • Sisters in Crime holds a random drawing on the first business day of the month.
  • The winning bookstore is contacted.
  • Those not successful in one month are automatically be entered for subsequent drawings.

2020 Winners

Four Seasons Books in Shepherdstown, WV 

To celebrate their win, owner Kendra Goldsborough plans to use her grant to host a panel workshop on writing and publishing with SinC members Ginny Fite, Lee Doty and local writer Carla Vergot. In the photo, a staff member is holding books by Louise Penny, G.M. Malliett, Ginny Fite and Amy Stewart.


The Book Tavern in Augusta, Georgia

To celebrate their win, owner David Hutchison displays books by women crime writers including Sisters in Crime members Rhys Bowen, Sasscer Hill and Louise Penny. 

Fiction Addiction Bookstore in Greenville, South Carolina

A staff member displays books by women crime writers including Sisters in Crime members Susan M. Boyer, Lowcountry Boomerang, Linda Lovely, Bad Pick, and Sally Handley, Second Bloom. Owner Jill Hendrix plans to use the grant money to promote her store events on social media.


Prior Year Winners

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