Left Coast Crime

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Left Coast Crime is an annual mystery convention sponsored by mystery fans, both readers and authors. LCC is held during the first quarter of the year in Western North America. (For details and a map, see LCC Geographic Region.) Conventions have been held from Anchorage to El Paso, from Boulder to Hawaii, and various locations in between.

Our purpose is to host an event where readers, authors, critics, librarians, publishers, and other fans can gather in convivial surroundings to pursue their mutual interests.

Left Coast Crime is an all-volunteer organization — neither the members of the Standing Committee nor members of each annual convention committee are paid for their time. LCC is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. Each Left Coast Crime Convention raises money to support a local literacy organization with funds collected through silent and live auctions, and the annual Quilt Raffle.

Raven Award from Mystery Writers of America
We are all agog here at Left Coast Crime by the news that we have been awarded the 2020 Raven Award by Mystery Writers of America, given annually to recognize outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside the realm of creative writing. Our thanks to the hordes of volunteers and the amazing teamwork of the local and national committees that have allowed us continue the Left Coast Crime tradition. We are truly thrilled and honored to be recognized by MWA!

Left Coast Crime Scholarships
There were many deserving applicants for Left Coast Crime #30 in San Diego, California, March 12-15, 2020, and we are thrilled to announce that five scholarships have been awarded! The LCC Scholarships include a free registration to the convention in San Diego (currently $215) plus $500 expense money. LCC Scholarships are intended to encourage fandom and talent in crime writing of all types by providing some financial assistance to attend the convention. We look forward to seeing our scholarship winners at Murder’s a Beach in San Diego.


2020: San Diego, California
March 12–15, 2020
San Diego
2021: Albuquerque, New Mexico
April 8–11, 2021
LCC 2021