This article is from the misc.writing Writing FAQ, by Wendy Chatley Green firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
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[from the MWA Web Site:]
Mystery Writers of America, Inc. was established in 1945 by a dozen or
so like-minded mystery writers for the purpose of promoting and
protecting the interests and welfare of mystery writers and to
increase the esteem and literary recognition given to the genre.