Saturday, June 3, 2023


Happy Pride Month! Sisters in Crime
is accepting entries for its third annual PRIDE Award, a $2,000 grant awarded to an emerging LGBTQIA+ crime writer. Entries must be submitted by July 31, and the winner will be announced later this summer.

The award is the legacy project of past Sisters in Crime President, Sherry Harris. “Each past president is required to do a legacy project, something that they feel passionate about. When thinking about what I wanted to do, I kept two things in mind. First, why SinC was formed — to equal the disparity in how female crime fiction writers and male crime fiction writers were reviewed and won awards. Second, I love our Eleanor Taylor Bland Award for emerging crime writers of color. With those two thoughts in mind, I realized I wanted to start a similar award for the LGBTQIA+ community."

“SinC supports marginalized writers in many ways," says Sisters in Crime Executive Director Julie Hennrikus. "This includes the PRIDE award and the Eleanor Taylor Bland award, two exciting ways for emerging crime fiction authors to get acknowledgement and support for their writing journey.”

The no-fee submissions are open to any LGBTQIA+ crime writer who has not published more than ten short works or two novels. More information is available at

Sisters in Crime (SinC) was founded in 1986 to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers. Today, the organization boasts over 4,500 members and more than 50 chapters worldwide. SinC programs and initiatives include other grants for emerging crime writers; the SinC Writer’s Podcast; webinars on craft, the business of writing and research; grants for academic research into the roles of women and underserved voices in crime fiction; cash awards to libraries and bookstores; and surveys and monitoring projects which determine visibility and representation of women and diverse voices in the genre and across the marketplace. For more information on its programs and author members, visit the organization’s website at

Complete guidelines and the application can be found at

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