2017 Thriller Awards

We’re thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2017 ITW Thriller Awards:

BEST HARDCOVER NOVEL

Megan Abbott — YOU WILL KNOW ME (Little, Brown and Company)
Reed Farrel Coleman — WHERE IT HURTS (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
Noah Hawley — BEFORE THE FALL (Grand Central Publishing)
Laura McHugh — ARROWOOD (Spiegel & Grau)
Ben H. Winters — UNDERGROUND AIRLINES (Mulholland Books)

BEST FIRST NOVEL

Bob Bickford — DEADLY KISS (Black Opal Books)
J.L. Delozier — TYPE AND CROSS (WiDo Publishing)
David McCaleb — RECALL (Lyrical Underground)
Nick Petrie — THE DRIFTER (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
E.Z. Rinsky — PALINDROME (Witness Impulse)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL NOVEL

Robert Dugoni — IN THE CLEARING (Thomas & Mercer)
Anne Frasier — THE BODY READER (Thomas & Mercer)
Paul Kemprecos — THE MINOAN CIPHER (Suspense Publishing)
Jonathan Maberry — KILL SWITCH (St. Martin’s Griffin)
Stephen Maher — SALVAGE (Dundurn)

BEST SHORT STORY

Eric Beetner — “The Business of Death” UNLOADED: CRIME WRITERS WRITING WITHOUT GUNS (Down & Out Books)
Laura Benedict — “The Peter Rabbit Killers” (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine)
Brendan DuBois — “The Man from Away” (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine)
Joyce Carol Oates — “Big Momma” (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine)
Art Taylor — “Parallel Play” CHESAPEAKE CRIMES: STORM WARNING (Wildside Press)

BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL

Pierce Brown — MORNING STAR (Del Rey)
Elle Cosimano — HOLDING SMOKE (Disney-Hyperion)
A.J. Hartley — STEEPLEJACK (TOR Teen)
Billy Taylor — THIEVING WEASELS (Dial Books)
Kara Thomas — THE DARKEST CORNERS (Delacorte Press)

BEST E-BOOK ORIGINAL NOVEL

James Scott Bell — ROMEO’S WAY (Compendium Press)
Sean Black — THE EDGE OF ALONE (Sean Black)
Sibel Hodge — UNTOUCHABLE (Wonder Women Publishing)
J.F. Penn — DESTROYER OF WORLDS (J.F. Penn)
Richard Thomas — BREAKER (Alibi)

Congratulations to all the finalists!

The 2017 ITW Thriller Award Winners will be announced at ThrillerFest XII, July 15, 2017, at the Grand Hyatt (New York City.)

Very special thanks to:

Carla Buckley, Past ITW Vice President, Awards
Joshua Corin, Awards Committee Chair
Jennifer Kreischer, Awards Coordinator
Suzanne Rorhus, Awards Coordinator
And all the 2017 ITW Thriller Awards Judges

Anthony Franze
ITW Board of Directors, Vice President, Awards

 


SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2017 THRILLER AWARDS ARE NOW CLOSED

 

LET THE COMPETITION BEGIN!

International Thriller Writers is pleased to announce its 2017 Thriller Awards Competition.

 

BEST HARDCOVER NOVEL:
This award honors the best hardcover thriller novel of the year.

BEST FIRST NOVEL:
This award honors our debut thriller novelists.  Eligibility covers an author’s first novel, whether under the author’s name or a pseudonym, regardless of publication format. ALL FIRST NOVELS (EXCEPT FOR YA) MUST BE ENTERED IN THE BEST FIRST NOVEL CATEGORY.

BEST SHORT STORY:
This award honors the best thriller short story of the year.

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL NOVEL:
This award honors the best thriller paperback original novel of the year.

BEST YOUNG ADULT:
This award honors the best young adult thriller novel, aimed at ages 12 – 18. THIS INCLUDES FIRST NOVELS

BEST E-BOOK ORIGINAL:
This award honors the best e-book original thriller novel of the year.


**NOTE NEW SUBMISSION DEADLINE**
The submission deadline is November 1, 2016!

 

RULES OF ELIGIBILITY

All novels FIRST published in the English language by an ITW Recognized Publisher or from an ITW Active Member between January 1, 2016 and August 31, 2016 are eligible for the respective categories listed above.  This is a change from prior years where the eligibility period was on a calendar-year basis.  Information on the change is here: Important Changes to the ITW Thriller Awards.ITW maintains a list of recognized publishers on its website. Any publisher or author may fill out ITW’s “Publisher Questionnaire,” seeking admission to the list.

ITW will solicit publishers for eligible work, but ultimately it will be the responsibility of each author who would like to be considered for an award category to contact his or her publisher. If a work is not submitted by the deadline date of November 1, 2016, that work will be disqualified.

Works may only be submitted to one category. Hardcover novels must be entered in Best Hardcover Novel category (except for First Novels). Paperback Originals must be entered in Best Paperback Original category (except for First Novels.) All First Novels must be entered in the Best First Novel category (except for YA submissions which must be submitted to the YA category.) E-Books that have been previously published in any format are ineligible. Any author who has previously published a novel in any format is ineligible to submit work for Best First Novel.


 

ELIGIBILITY AND RULES SPECIFIC TO SHORT STORIES

Entries must be under 35,000 words to be eligible for entry in the Best Short Story Award category. Entries must be first published in the English language in print or e-zine format between January 1, 2016 and August 31, 2016. Original publication or a copy of the story published is admissible, provided it is accompanied by proof of publication (i.e. publication’s copyright page/notice).


 

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR WORK

To submit work for consideration, please fill out the entry form below. Once your entry form is received, your entry will be assigned to a judging panel.**PLEASE NOTE**  If possible, ITW is requesting that works be submitted via NetGalley (instructions for doing so are on the entry form). If that is not possible, as in the past, the entry form will accept submissions in .pdf format (and other formats may also be available).

Please contact the Awards Chair, Joshua Corin (Joshua@JoshuaCorin.com) with any questions you may have.

 


 

SCHEDULE OF ANNOUNCEMENTS

Finalists will be announced April 2017. ITW will contact finalists directly. In filling out the submission form, please make sure to include the author’s contact information.

Winners will be announced July 15, 2017 at the International Thriller Writers’ gala banquet held in New York City.

Let the thriller competition begin!

ITW Awards Program Committee

Carla Buckley, VP Awards
Josh Corin, Chair, Awards


SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2017 THRILLER AWARDS ARE NOW CLOSED