The Sisters in Crime/LA Educational Grant

PURPOSE OF AWARD: The Sisters in Crime/LA Educational Grant serves to further the education of published and aspiring mystery/crime writers on the path to writing excellence. Sisters in Crime/LA (SinC/LA) will award up to three grants to attend the 2017 California Crime Writers Conference, June 10-11, 2017 in Culver City, California. (Recipients must attend the conference for funds to apply.)

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: The grant is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents, regardless of gender, age, or race. Sisters in Crime membership is not required. The Sisters in Crime/LA Educational Grant is intended for the use of serious, aspiring mystery/crime writers who wish to improve their skills.

GRANT AMOUNT: Sisters in Crime/LA will award up to three grants valued at $800 each. SinC/LA will pre-pay the conference registration fee and provide $500 to each recipient for additional expenses. Grant checks will be presented at the 2017 CCWC Keynote Luncheon on Saturday, June 10, 2017.


  • EMAIL ONLY to (with “SinC/LA Grant” in the subject line.)
  • One submission per person, with the following attachments:
    • Completed Grant Application form (download form HERE)
    • Short bio
    • 250–500-word essay on why the applicant chooses to write in the mystery/crime genre

DEADLINE: All applications must be received via email by midnight PST, January 31, 2017. Late applications will not be accepted.

APPLICATION REVIEW: Applications will be reviewed and grant recipients chosen by the Sisters in Crime/LA Grant Committee or its designated representatives, and approved by the SinC/LA Board of Directors. The Committee reserves the right to reject incomplete or inappropriate applications. In the event there are no qualified candidates, SinC/LA reserves the right to make no award at all. The decision of the Board of Directors is final.

RECIPIENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Recipients will be notified by email on April 1, and announced to the public at the Sisters in Crime/LA chapter meeting on Sunday, April 2, 2017, at the South Pasadena Public Library.


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