Kerr Framed

Wayne Kerr, Framed, Imajin Books

After surviving ten years in prison for a murder she didn't commit, former homicide detective Reggie Swann, wants to return to her old life.

Kent FoldedDreams

Michael Kent, Folded Dreams, Mezzo Publications Inc.

It’s bad publicity for the city when the businesswoman of the year is murdered execution style. Officials want the case solved fast.

Delany HarktheHerald

Vicki Delany, Hark the Herald Angels Slay, Penguin Random House

Santa’s summer vacation plans turn deadly in this festive mystery from the author of Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen and We Wish You a Murderous Christmas.

Duncan MuchAdoAboutMurder

Elizabeth J. Duncan, Much Ado About Murder, Crooked Lane

Costume designer Charlotte Fairfax has another murder on her hands as she prepares for the Catskills Shakespeare Theater Company's production of Much Ado About Nothing.

Barclay PartingShot

Linwood Barclay, Parting Shot, Doubleday Canada

From New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Linwood Barclay comes a new, standalone blockbuster thriller that spins off from the events of the explosive Promise Falls trilogy.

Danna Lament

Jen J. Danna, Lament The Common Bones, Jen Danna

Forensic anthropologist Matt Lowell doesn’t go looking for death. But when one of Matt’s students suspects the skeleton hanging in a research lab is actually from a murder victim...

White LullabyGirl

Loreth Anne White, The Lullaby Girl, Montlake

Detective Angie Pallorino's past made her a cop. Now her past could kill her. Book 2 in the Angie Pallorino Series, a gritty, northern noir procedural set on Vancouver Island.

Dube ForsakenMan

Marcelle Dubé, The Forsaken Man, Falcon Ridge Publishing

It’s been a hard winter and Chief of Police Kate Williams longs for a quiet Spring. What does she get instead? The theft of valuable bull semen from the local vet and increasingly dangerous vandalism at a construction site.

Bruce GhostWriter

Alison Bruce, Ghost Writer, Imajin Books

Jen has to deal with two kinds of spooks: spies and ghosts. But which one is trying to kill her?

Arnold PowerStruggle

Carolyn Arnold, Power Struggle, Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.

Detective Madison Knight investigates the murder of the man who killed her grandfather, and she fears the Russian Mafia is behind it.

Wilkshire Moscow

Nick Wilkshire, The Moscow Code, Dundurn Press

In Moscow, the truth can be a dangerous commodity.

Kong ToxicCraft

Debra Purdy Kong, A Toxic Craft, Imajin Books

Who knew that the elderly knitters at a Christmas craft fair would take their rivalry so far that someone could die?

Test Arthur Ellis

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, 2017

Awards Banquet - Thursday 24 May, 2017

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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