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arthur-200The Arthur Ellis Awards

for Excellence in

Canadian Crime Writing

Submissions open September 1, 2017.

Submission Rules are available here.

Unhanged Arthur submissions must be postmarked or courier dated no later than October 15, 2017. - SUBMISSIONS NOW CLOSED.

Published submissions must be postmarked or courier dated no later than December 15, 2017.

Shortlist Events - Wednesday 18 April, 2018

Awards Gala - Thursday 24 May, 2018

The Arthur Ellis Awards, established in 1984 and named after the nom de travail of Canada's official hangman, are awarded annually by the CWC in the following categories.

For published works released in 2017:

  • Best Crime Novel
  • Best Crime First Novel sponsored by Rakuten Kobo with a $1000 prize
  • The Lou Allin Memorial Best Crime Novella with a $200 prize
  • Best Crime Short Story
  • Best French Crime Book (Fiction and Nonfiction)
  • Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book (Fiction and Nonfiction)
  • Best Nonfiction Crime Book

For unpublished novels:

  • The Unhanged Arthur Award for Best Unpublished Crime Manuscript sponsored by Dundurn Press with a $500 prize

The Arthur Ellis Awards are for CRIME WRITING, and are not restricted to mystery writing. Crime-writing encompasses far more than the traditional whodunit. The crime genre includes crime, detective, espionage, mystery, suspense, and thriller writing, as well as fictional or factual accounts of criminal doings and crime-themed literary works. If you are not certain that your submission qualifies as a crime book or story, please contact us at

The Arthur Ellis Awards are open to permanent residents of Canada, or by Canadian citizens living abroad.

For Submission Rules and Entry Forms click here.

 

Crime Writers of Canada would like to thank our award sponsors.

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Crime Writers of Canada would also like to thank everyone in the Canadian publishing community

for making the Arthur Ellis Awards such a success through the years.

Judging Process

Judging Process

 

Crime Writers of Canada recruits twenty-one volunteers from among the large body of award-winning writers, reviewers, booksellers, librarians, academics and avid crime fiction fans across Canada. The judges are not required to be CWC members, and many are not. The judges, therefore, represent a broad and knowledgeable cross-section of the reading public. Three judges read and evaluate the entries in each of the seven prize categories. Finalists in all categories are announced at Canada-wide Arthur Ellis Awards Shortlist Events late in April, and winners are announced at the annual Arthur Ellis Awards Gala in late May.

If you would like to volunteer as an Arthur Ellis Awards judge, please contact

 

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