Unpublished Category Award

The Award for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel

The first Award for Best Unpublished was awarded by the Crime Writers of Canada in 2007 as part of the CWC mandate to recognize and promote the careers of promising new crime writers.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 must have a completed novel manuscript (50,000-110,000 words) at the time of entry.

The submission rules are updated every year by September 1st.