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A new short story
anthology with a difference celebrates short stories from the archives of the
Crime Writers’ Association (CWA).
Vintage Crime gathers
gems from the mid-1950’s, when the CWA began, until the twenty-first century.
The new compilation features an array of award-winning authors including Andrew
Taylor, Kate Ellis, Simon Brett, Liza Cody, HRF Keating, Anthea Fraser and Mick
Published by Flame
Tree Press, the anthology is edited by former Chair of the CWA and CWA
archivist, author Martin Edwards.
Martin said: “This is
a collection with a difference, celebrating the work of CWA members since the
Association was founded in 1953. Entertaining in their own right, the stories
also demonstrate the evolution of the crime short story during the CWA’s
existence, from the Fifties until the early twenty-first century.”
The CWA was
established by John Creasey, the prolific author of over 500 novels with
worldwide sales in the 1970’s of over 80 million copies in 28 different
languages. The long-standing membership organisation is for authors at all
stages of their career and works to promote, support and celebrate the diverse
crime genre, from psychological thrillers, paranormal crossovers to police
The first CWA
anthology, Butcher’s Dozen, appeared in 1956, and was co-edited by Julian
Symons, Michael Gilbert and Josephine Bell. Over the years, the anthology has
yielded many award-winning and nominated stories in the UK and overseas by such
luminaries as Ian Rankin, Lawrence Block and Reginald Hill.
Martin added: “There
are countless gems of crime writing in the CWA archives. I’ve picked the
juiciest stories from some of the best and most well-known authors, but you’ll
also find some hidden treasures by less familiar writers.”
of The Golden Age of Murder, is also President and Archivist of the
world-famous Detection Club and series consultant to the British Library’s
series of crime classics.
The CWA has for over
50 years run the prestigious, world-famed CWA Dagger Awards, which celebrate
the best writing in the genre. It’s also renowned for supporting aspiring and
debut writers with its annual Debut Dagger competition and Margery Allingham
Short Mystery competition.
publication of Vintage Crimes, a special online panel Flame Tree
Live: CWA and Vintage Crime will take be screened on Sunday 16 August
at 6pm on Facebook. To watch, register in advance at https://flametr.com/CWAvintage.
The panel features
authors Martin Edwards, Kate Ellis, Andrew Taylor and the secretary of the CWA,
Dea Parkin, discussing the anthology and crime writing, writers, stories and
A blog tour for the
book will also take place. It starts on 10 August at Karen Reads and
Recommends ending on 21 August at Bookish Jottings (full
schedule in Notes to Editors).
The new CWA Anthology is published in paperback and hardback by Flame Tree
Press on 11 August 2020.
For further media
info please contact Ann Chadwick, firstname.lastname@example.org
About the CWA
The CWA was founded
in 1953 by John Creasey. Its aim is to support, promote and celebrate this most
durable, adaptable and successful of genres and the authors who write within
It runs the
prestigious CWA Dagger Awards, which celebrate the best in crime writing,
hosted every autumn.
A thriving, growing
community with a membership encompassing authors of all ages and at all stages
of their careers, the CWA is UK-based, yet attracts many members from overseas.
It supports author
members (plus literary agents, publishers, bloggers and editors) with a monthly
magazine; a digital monthly newsletter showcasing CWA authors and their books
and events that goes to over 11,500 subscribers; and Case Files, a bimonthly
ezine highlighting new books by CWA members. www.thecra.co.uk
The CWA also supports
the Debuts; as yet unpublished writers, many of whom enter the Debut Dagger
competition and the Margery Allingham Short Mystery competition.
In normal times, the
CWA run an annual conference and hold chapter meetings throughout the UK so
members can access face-to-face networking and socialising.
It supports libraries
and booksellers, with two Library Champions and a Booksellers Champion. It has
links with various festivals and many other writers’ organisations such as the
Society of Authors.