WPA Hero – $20,000 and Above

Sisters in Crime

Sisters in Crime, a major sponsor of the Writers’ Police Academy, are 3600 members in 50 chapters world-wide, offering networking, advice and support to mystery authors.

We are authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers and librarians bound by our affection for the mystery genre and our support of women who write mysteries. Sisters in Crime was founded by Sara Paretsky and a group of women at the 1986 Bouchercon in Baltimore.

Our mission? Promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers.

Sisters in Crime offers a generous discount to their members attending the WPA for the first time. Not a member? No problem. Simply join SinC today to receive your discount.

*You must be a SinC member at the time of WPA registration to receive the discount. Click here to join SinC today!



Gold Shield – $15,000


Silver Star – $10,000


Medal of Valor – $5,000

Sirchie is the Global Leader in Crime Scene Investigation and Forensic Science Solutions; providing quality Products, Vehicles, and Training to the global law enforcement and forensic science communities.

We manufacture high-quality criminal investigation, tactical, surveillance, and other police-related solutions including customized special purpose vehicles.  We deliver industry-leading training for public safety, medical, and education communities featuring hands-on learning techniques. Our customers make communities safer by using Sirchie solutions to respond, investigate, analyze, support, and educate.All levels of government, law enforcement, corrections, medical systems, educational institutions, security firms, corporations, and more use Sirchie solutions to help Command Every Scene®.




Special Agent – $2,000

Stacy Allen

Stacy Allen served on the Board of Trustees of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, the Pacific Northwest Mystery Writers of America chapter, and currently serves as Vice President of the Southeast Mystery Writers of America (SEMWA) chapter. She is represented by Jill Marr, of Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. She lives in Georgia with her husband and a very large house cat named Valentino. Expedition Indigo is the first in her Romantic Suspense series. Expedition Indigo introduces Dr. Riley Cooper, an archaeology professor who is thrust into the world of wreck diving and treasure hunting when she travels to Italy with a team of treasure hunters to find and salvage The Indigo, a cargo ship that sank off the coast of Sorrento in 808 A.D. http://stacyallenauthor.com




Commissioner – $1,000

Howard Lewis

Howard Lewis has practiced martial arts for 20 years and taught for 10. His highest rank is a 5th degree black sash in Esoma Kung Fu. Howard says there are things in books that drive martial artists nuts, and he has taken it upon himself to see that writers receive the best information available.

Howard is a key player in the WPA organization. Without him the bells wouldn’t ring and the whistles would remain, well, whistleless…and there would be no name tags, classes would certainly be in dissarray, and the t-shirts would not arrive on time, if at all.


Linda Lovely

A journalism major in college, Linda Lovely has always made her living as a writer, primarily in public relations and advertising fields. Now, she’s focusing on her first love—fiction. Linda writes romantic suspense and mysteries that offer a main course of thrills coupled with a generous side of romance.

Linda’s new suspense novel, LIES: SECRETS CAN KILL, is set in 1938 in her hometown, Keokuk, Iowa. This novel proves great stories dwell in every era.

In addition to Lies, her published fiction includes novels in two series. Her award-winning MARLEY CLARK MYSTERIES feature a kick-ass, 52-year-old heroine, while her SMART WOMEN, DUMB LUCK romantic thrillers follow three smart—and very different—women brought together by dumb luck.

The author’s strong heroines, love of Carolina and Iowa settings, and her sense of humor help make her books standouts.

Linda served five terms as president of the Upstate South Carolina Chapter of Sisters in Crime. She’s also a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), RWA’s Kiss of Death chapter, and International Thriller Writers. She is a volunteer staffer for the renowned Writers’ Police Academy.


Cheryl Yeko

Cheryl Yeko, the genius behind all the gorgeous WPA raffle baskets, is a multi-published, award-winning author and Acquiring Editor with Soul Mate Publishing. She also co-writes with fellow Soul Mate Editor, Char Chaffin, under the pen-name CiCi Cordelia.

She received her Administrative Assistant Degree from Milwaukee Area Technical College, in Wisconsin, as well as a Paralegal Certification through the American Institute for Paralegal Studies. She has over twenty-five years as a Legal Assistant, involving the drafting of legal correspondence and court documents. She belongs to several writing groups, including Romance Writers of America, Wisconsin Writers Association, and Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum.

Cheryl lives in Wisconsin with her husband Patrick, and loves to read, play piano, and spend time with family and friends. She enjoys novels with fast-paced action and steamy romance, protective alpha men and strong heroines.

You can find her online:

Cheryl Yeko:

Website: http://www.cherylyeko.com/ ‘Where Love Always Wins’

Amazon Author Page: http://tinyurl.com/qzsks8q

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhereLoveAlwaysWins/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cherylyeko

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/cyeko/boards/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5406425.Cheryl_Yeko

CiCi Cordelia

Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/Cici-Cordelia/e/B01AJ5EM90

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HeartfeltRomance

Website: https://ccromance.com/

Soul Mate Publishing:



Ford McMurtry
Ford McMurtry is a modern day Walter Mitty. After a career spent coaching high school, college, and professional sports, he became a sports journalist, NFL and MLB player agent, and insurance executive.  He is CEO of Hitman Designs which develops brand merchandise for authors, artists, and athletes. Ford is an aspiring author who is co-writing a novel on life in the South after the Great Depression.
For assistance in creating branded products or an online store, contact: fordmcmurtry@gmail.com


Dr. Katherine Ramsland

Dr. Katherine Ramsland, director of the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program at DeSales University, also teaches the forensic psychology track. She has published over 1,000 articles, stories, and reviews, and 59 books, including The Mind of a Murderer, The Forensic Science of CSI, Inside the Minds of Serial KillersThe Human Predator: A Historical Chronicle of Serial Murder and Forensic Investigation, The Ivy League Killer, and The Murder Game. Her book, Psychopath, was a #1 bestseller on the Wall Street Journal’s list. She presents workshops to law enforcement, psychologists, coroners, judges, and attorneys, and has consulted for several television series, including CSI andBones She also writes a regular blog for Psychology Today called “Shadow-boxing” and consults for numerous crime documentary production companies. Her most recent book is with serial killer, Dennis Rader, called Confessions of a Serial Killer: The Untold Story of Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer. She will also publish The Ripper Letter, a supernatural thriller based on Jack the Ripper lore.


Kathy Harris


The Oak Ridge Boys


Melinda Leigh

Melinda Leigh is a fully recovered banker. A life-long lover of books, she started writing as a way to preserve her sanity while raising her kids. Over the next few years, she learned a few things about writing a book and decided the process was way more fun than analyzing financial statements. Melinda’s debut novel, SHE CAN RUN, was nominated for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers. Her bestselling books have twice been nominated for the Daphne du Maurier Award.

Melinda holds a 2nd degree belt in Kenpo Karate. She’s dabbled in Arnis stick fighting, studied Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and taught women’s self-defense. She lives in a messy house in the suburbs with her husband, two kids, a couple of shelter dogs and two rescue cats who clearly run the show. With such a pleasant life, she has no explanation for the sometimes dark and disturbing nature of her imagination. Find out more about Melinda by visiting melindaleighauthor.com.

Melinda is a member of Liberty States Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, Kiss of Death, and International Thriller Writers. She is represented by Jill Marsal of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.




Chief of Detectives – $500

UC Riverside, M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts - Tod Goldberg, Director

The M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts is a two-year program that offers study in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, screenwriting, and playwriting.

Our program consists of workshops in chosen genres, culminating in a final project (the master’s thesis or manuscript) that showcases the writer’s cultivated talents, in the form of a poetry collection, novel, short story collection, memoir, essay collection, screenplay, or full-length play.

The M.F.A. requires students to major in one genre, but encourages them to explore the other genres as well, allowing for creative movement within disciplines. Structure and focus in screenwriting and playwriting can also be applied to fiction and nonfiction, and lyricism and metaphor in poetry can also enhance description and dialogue in the other genres, for example.

Students will also engage in supplemental course work through seminars selected from other departments on campus. Our students commonly take classes offered by such varied programs as Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages, English, Hispanic Studies, and Media and Cultural Studies, among others.


Gina Panettieri, Talcott Notch Literary

Our Agency Background Founded in 2003, Talcott Notch Literary is a rapidly-growing mid-size literary and screen rights agency representing the freshest new voices in both fiction and nonfiction. Our founder, Gina Panettieri has expertise in every aspect of writing and publishing and has helped thousands of writers achieve their goals. She has successfully placed hundreds of books with such well-known publishers as Berkley, St. Martin’s Press, Adams Media, Palgrave-Macmillan, McGraw-Hill, John Wiley & Sons and many others.

In more than twenty years in the publishing industry, Gina has appeared as a speaker at scores of national and regional conferences, leading workshops on a range of subjects ranging from characterization, dialogue and query letters, to the changing publishing market, publicity and new trends in fiction.

Talcott Notch Literary Services, LLC


Diana Hurwitz

Diana Hurwitz spent her childhood near Cincinnati daydreaming and writing poetry. She is often found lost in a book and dissects fiction for fun. She currently resides in central Florida with her husband and two cats.

When not writing, she indulges in reading, painting, jewelry design, travel, graphic art, and web design.

She is a member of Mystery Writers of America and the Ladyscribes critique group.

She is the author of the young adult series Mythikas Island which she was inspired to write for her teen daughter who complained, “Why do YA books always have love triangles? Can’t a girl be a hero without a boyfriend?” The answer is, “Yes, yes she can.”

She writes the Story Building Blocks series and the companion blog because she loves helping other writers and as a book addict thinks life is too short for bad fiction.

She contributes to the Blood Red Pencil Blog with other fun editors and writers.

She can be found hanging out on Facebook far more often than she should be.

*Diana proudly sponsors Dr. Katherine Ramsland.


Melanie Atkins

Melanie Atkins a multi-published author of romantic suspense, a fan of crime dramas, and an avid reader. Writing is more than an escape for her — it’s a way of life. She grew up in the Deep South listening to tall tales and penning stories about her cats. Now she writes gripping stories of love, suspense, and mystery with the help of her furry little feline muses. You can read more about her and her books at http://www.melanieatkins.com


Patti Phillips

Patti Phillips is the person behind Detective Charlie Kerrian at www.kerriansnotebook.com. Her ebook, “Kerrian’s Notebook, Volume 1,” is based on the first year of the popular blog.

Ms. Phillips has experienced several of the Writers’ Police Academies. Many of her stories and non-fiction articles are based on the interviews she conducted at WPA as well as the intensive WPA sessions she attended over the years. Hundreds of Phillips’ photographs seen on her blog and around the internet attest to the fun had by all at WPA.

Her book reviews can be read at www.nightstandbookreviews.com




Lieutenant – $300



Major – $250



Captain – $100

Tracy Clark

Tracy Clark is a native Chicagoan who writes mysteries set in her hometown while working as an editor in the newspaper industry. She is a graduate of Mundelein College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, and the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she earned her MA.



Deadly Ink Writers Conference - Debby Buchanan, Director

New Jersey’s biggest little mystery conference, Deadly Ink, will convene this year at the Marriott Renaissance in Woodbridge, New Jersey, from August 10-12.


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Melange Books, LLC

Melange is a royalty-paying company publishing in e-books (digital formats) and print books (Print on Demand NOT mass-market print runs.) We pay authors 40% net royalties on digital formats and 10% on print.


Soul Mate Publishing, LLC

Soul Mate Publishing welcomes you to romance, where two become one.  We offer high-quality romantic fiction for readers around the world.  Our novels, written by only the finest authors, will be available both electronically and in paperback.

Whether you enjoy traditional romance or are searching for stories that push the limits, you’ll find what you’re looking for.  We are NOT the same old thing!

If you are a budding author who needs a publisher to seriously look at your work, just follow the instructions under the Submissions link at the top of this page.  We WILL look over your materials and provide a personal response.

For more, click here.




Friends of the WPA – $50 and Below


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