2013 ARTHUR ELLIS AWARDS WILL START ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS
SEPTEMBER 1, 2012
The Arthur Ellis Award for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel
(The Unhanged Arthur)
Is the Great Canadian Crime Novel tucked carefully away in a drawer or even languishing under your bed?
Well, here's your chance to pull out that manuscript and enter it for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel (the Unhanged Arthur).
The Arthur Ellis Award for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel was first awarded by the Crime Writers of Canada in 2007 as part of the CWC mandate to recognize and promote the careers of promising new crime writers. The competition is open to (1) Canadian citizens, no matter where they are living, and to writers, regardless of nationality, who have Permanent Resident status in Canada, and (2) who have never had a novel of any kind published commercially.
Contestants should have a completed manuscript and should submit the opening chapter(s) – no more than 5000 words – plus a 500-word synopsis of the rest of the novel. "Crime novel" is defined as crime, detective, espionage, mystery, suspense, or thriller, and can be set in any time period and crime-related sub-genre.
From these initial submissions, up to ten (10) authors will be asked by the judges to submit their completed manuscripts. A shortlist will be selected from these completed manuscripts. The winner will receive a special Arthur Ellis Award along with a cash prize.
The award is presented at the Arthur Ellis Awards Banquet. Details will be sent to the shortlisted authors.
NOTE: Winning this award does not guarantee you will get published. It does mean, however, that your work will come to the attention of publishers and agents, both members of the CWC and others involved in Canadian crime fiction publishing.
Unhanged Competition Rules
Unhanged Style Guide
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