Moss LindstromAlone

John Moss, Lindstrom Alone, Iguana Books: A Stonewood Imprint

Drawn into the saga of a family bent on self-destruction, a Toronto P.I. travels to Sweden and a showdown with a killer on the windswept island of  Fårö.

Campbell B Team

Melodie Campbell, The B-Team, Orca Books

They do wrong for all the right reasons. And sometimes it even works...

Zendrowski ShakeofftheGhosts

Jay Zendrowski, Shake Off The Ghosts, Createspace

Detectives Tee Pepper and Rupert Wallace have a case full of prime suspects. They use their wits to find the guilty party.

Delany CatoftheBaskervilles

Vicki Delany, The Cat of the Baskervilles, Crooked Lane Books

The game is once again afoot at the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium

Fritze CrooksHill

Peter Fritze, Crook's Hill, Peter Fritze

Alan Boltby yearns to be more than a workaholic lawyer. Confronted by insider trading, unexplained deaths and blame for a sordid family secret, he turns investigator.

Sheluk HoleinOne

Judy Penz Sheluk, A Hole in One: A Glass Dolphin Mystery (#2), Barking Rain Press

Murder, mystery, and mayhem—small-town secrets have never been bigger…

Koetting TripleThreat

Alexis Koetting, Triple Threat, Iguana Books

The second Bella James Mystery, filled with new and familiar characters who will make you laugh, cry, and keep you guessing until the very end.

Wiken MarinatinginMurder

Linda Wiken, Marinating in Murder, Berkley Prime Crime

There's one thing J.J. Tanner and the Culinary Capers Dinner Club didn't have on the menu -- the dead body in the trunk!

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, 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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