For Works First Published in the U.S. in 2018
DEADLINE: Submissions must be postmarked by March 31, 2019. No extensions can be given.
Shamus Committees will forward their final lists to the Shamus Awards Chair by May 31, 2019.
ELIGIBILITY: Eligible works must feature as a main character a person PAID for investigative work but NOT employed for that work by a unit of government. These include traditionally licensed private investigators; lawyers and reporters who do their own investigations; and others who function as hired private agents. These do NOT include law enforcement officers, other government employees or amateur, uncompensated sleuths.
Independently published books (Indies) may be submitted to the Best Original Paperback PI Novel category.
SUBMISSIONS: Please send one copy of each eligible work to ALL members of the appropriate committee. Do NOT submit a book to more than one committee.
There is no application fee and no submission form, as a simple cover letter will suffice. If you have any questions, please e-mail Gay Toltl Kinman at email@example.com BEFORE submitting.
BEST HARDCOVER PI NOVEL: A book-length work of fiction published in hardcover in 2018 that is NOT the author’s first published P.I. novel.
BEST FIRST PI NOVEL: A book-length work of fiction, in hardcover or paperback, first published in 2018 that is the author’s first published novel featuring a private investigator as a main character.
BEST ORIGINAL PAPERBACK PI NOVEL: A book-length work of fiction first published as a paperback original in 2018 that is NOT the author’s first P.I. novel. Paperback reprints of previously published novels are NOT eligible.
BEST PI SHORT STORY: A work of fiction of 20,000 words or fewer. Stories first published in an earlier year and reprinted in a magazine, anthology or collection in 2018, are NOT eligible.
For more information, head on over to the Private Eye Writers of America Web Site.