Mystery Writers of America
Mystery Writers of America ( MWA ) is an association of American crime - writer . Founded in New York City on March 26, 1945 by writers Anthony Boucher , Brett Halliday , Clayton Rawson and Lawrence Treat , it represents authors of all types of crime-related literature - fiction and non-fiction, as well as screenplays for all media .
The goals of the association are to promote the interests of crime writers, to improve the reputation of the genre and to give the members the opportunity for stimulating exchange. Mystery Writers of America is particularly well-known for the various awards the association awards to publications in the crime fiction sector:
- The Edgar Allan Poe Award (often called Edgar for short ; named after Edgar Allan Poe ) is an award for the best publication of the past year. It is currently awarded in up to thirteen categories.
- The Ellery Queen Award is given to honor teams of authors and outstanding individuals.
- The Grand Master Award is given to crime novelists for an outstanding life's work.
- The Mary Higgins Clark Award is given for the work that most faithfully continues the tradition of Mary Higgins Clark .
- The Readers Choice Award has been presented since 1985.
- The Raven Award is given for special services to crime fiction that were not made by authors.
- The Robert L. Fish Memorial Award is given for the best crime short story by a previously unpublished American author.