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Private Eye Writers of America: 2016 Shamus Awards – Submissions Open

Posted by Writing PIs on January 16, 2016

PRIVATE EYE WRITERS OF AMERICA ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS

FOR 2016 SHAMUS AWARDS

For Works First Published in the U.S. in 2015

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Following are the categories for the Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) 2016 Shamus Awards for private eye novels and short stories first published in the United States in 2015.  The awards will be presented in the fall of 2016 at Bouchercon.

DEADLINE: For publishers submissions must be postmarked by March 31, 2016. No extensions can be given.

Shamus Committees will forward their final list to the Shamus Awards Chair by May 31, 2016.

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. Eligible private investigator characters 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 (such as coroners and investigators in public defender offices), 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, and send a copy to the Shamus Awards Chair, Gay Toltl Kinman. Do NOT submit a book to more than one committee. Contact Gay Kinman for judges’ names and addresses for the appropriate category (her email address is below).

There is no application fee and no submission form—a simple cover letter will suffice. If you have any questions, please e-mail Gay Toltl Kinman at gaykinman@gaykinman.com BEFORE submitting.

BEST HARDCOVER PI NOVEL: A book-length work of fiction published in hardcover in 2015 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 2015 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 2015 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 2015, are NOT eligible.

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