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About QCW

Mission statement

Queer Crime Writers was founded in 2019 to promote community and collaboration among authors of crime fiction who identify as LGBTQIA+ and celebrate the long history of queer writers in the genre.


Queer Crime Writers wants the mainstream crime fiction reading, writing, publishing, and retail book community to value our written work and treat it as having equal status and commercial viability as straight, cis-gendered crime fiction authors.

We do this by:
1) strengthening our bond as a queer crime writing community
2) serving as a liaison to established crime fiction organizations, including publishers, conferences, and other professional organizations
3) educating the broader community about the history and legacy of LGBTQIA+ crime fiction.

Where to find us

Browse our member list.

Browse our growing collection of books by queer crime writers, past and present.

Check out a calendar of events featuring QCW members.

Conference & speaker info

Looking for a speaker to give a talk, teach a workshop, or participate on a panel for your event or organization? Queer Crime Writers members represent a wide variety of expertise in craft and other industry-related topics. Check out our Members tab to review a list of our members who are available for speaking engagements.

If you are a conference organizer interested in making your event more inclusive, please email to connect with our Conference Liaison Committee.

Get involved

If you are an established or emerging LGBTQIA+ crime writer interested in joining us, please click below.

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