Sunday, April 21, 2013

Arthur Ellis Award Nominees Announced!

On Thursday night, several cities across the country hosted entertaining events to announce this year’s Arthur Ellis Award Nominees. For those who don’t know, these awards are sponsored by Crime Writers of Canada, and were created nearly thirty years ago to celebrate excellence in Canadian crime writing. This year we are fortunate, not to mention grateful, for the following media coverage: 

From the National Post:

From the CBC:

The Vancouver Sun also printed a piece, and there might well be others. The list of nominees is posted on the Crime Writers of Canada website at If you are a fan of mysteries, I would encourage you to visit the website to find out where your favorite authors will be appearing. Authors post their appearances regularly and there are plenty of events to choose from.

Because there are eight categories, I won’t list all of the nominees here, but I will say that all nominations are for books published in 2012, with the exception of the “Unhanged Author” category, which is for the best unpublished novel. Other categories include Best Novel, Best First Novel, Best French Crime Book, Best Short Story, Best Non-Fiction Book, Best Juvenile/YA Novel and the newly created (on a 3-year trial basis) Best Novella.

For those of you who write mysteries, please bookmark CWC’s website for contest guidelines and deadlines. The website is a wealth of information for fans and writers alike.

The winners will be announced on May 30th at a Gala in Toronto and I’m sure it will be an exciting night!

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