The Arthur Ellis Awards
for Excellence in
Canadian Crime Writing
Submissions open September 1, 2016.
Unhanged Arthur submissions must be postmarked or courier dated October 15, 2016.
Published submissions must be postmarked or courier dated December 15, 2016.
Shortlist Events - April 21, 2017
Awards Banquet - May 26, 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 2016:
For unpublished novels:
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.
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.
Copyright 2016 Crime Writers of Canada