Private Eye Writers of America Accepting Submissions for 2014 Shamus Awards
Posted by Writing PIs on January 9, 2014
Below is the announcement for the Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) 2014 Shamus Awards, which acknowledges the best private-eye novels and short stories in 2013. For more information, please go to the PWA website.
PRIVATE EYE WRITERS OF AMERICA ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS
FOR 2014 SHAMUS AWARDS
For Works First Published in the U.S. in 2013
Following are the categories for the Private Eye Writers of America 2013 Shamus Awards for private eye novels and short stories first published in the United States in 2013. The awards will be presented in the fall of 2014 at Bouchercon in Long Beach, California.
DEADLINE: For publishers submissions must be postmarked by March 31, 2014. No extensions can be given.
Shamus Committees will forward their final list to the Shamus Awards Chair by May 31, 2014.
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.
SUBMISSIONS; Please send one copy of each eligible work to ALL members of the appropriate committee, and send a copy to the Shamus Awards Chair, Gay Toltl Kinman. Do NOT submit a book to more than one committee.
A new category has been added for Best Indie PI Novel.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org BEFORE submitting.
BEST HARDCOVER PI NOVEL: A book-length work of fiction published in hardcover in 2013 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 2013 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 2013 that is NOT the author’s first P.I. novel; and 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 2013, are NOT eligible.
BEST INDIE PI NOVEL: A book-length work of fiction, in hardcover, paperback or e-book, first published in 2013 featuring a private investigator as a main character and published independently by the author.
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