Thriller Awards FAQs

Thriller Awards FAQs

How do I submit my book for the Thriller Awards?  Scroll down to the submission below the FAQ.

Can I submit more than one book?  Yes. All books must be published between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011.

Is there a category for nonfiction?  No.  Currently there is no category for nonfiction.

What if my book was published in another country prior to 2011? Any previously published work is ineligible.

My novel is releasing in December and I won’t have copies before the deadline.  Can I send ARCs or a manuscript?  Yes.

Do publishers and agents automatically enter any book on their list that qualifies?  No. It is the author’s responsibility to contact their publisher or publicist to specifically request that they submit the book in the contest.

My novel was published in a foreign language.  Can I still submit it?  No. This contest is open only to books printed in English.

What criteria are entries judged on?  Judges consider all aspects when reading an entry such as character, plot, goal, motivation, and conflict. The first and foremost criteria, however, is whether or not the book is a thriller and does it THRILL.

Who judges the entries?  Members of ITW. Each year, the Awards Chair reaches out to the ITW community and requests their participation in the contest.  We are honored that so many writers find the opportunity to participate as judges. If you are interested in becoming a judge in future years, please email the Awards Chair.

I previously published in a different genre.  Can I enter my first thriller novel in the First Novel category?  No. Any author who has previously published (even nonfiction) is disqualified from the First Novel category.

Can I enter my e-pubbed thriller novel?  No. Only works that have been published in print qualify. However, we do offer the judges the opportunity to receive their entries via ebook should the printed version be available in that media.

What happens if one of the judges does not receive my book?  The book will be disqualified. It is the entrant’s sole responsibility to make certain each book is received by the judges no later than December 1, 2011.

How will I know if my book makes it to the second round?  The second round entrants are notified via email no later than January 31st. If you do not receive notification by January 31, 2011, then your book has not made it to the second round.

May I contact the judges after the contest for their opinion of my work?  It is highly inappropriate for any entrant to discuss their work with the judges.  The judges sacrifice an immense amount of time on behalf of this contest, and any challenge or direct contact (either via email or in person) from an entrant is considered extremely unprofessional.

Do I really have to send my international packages via Federal Express or UPS?  While we recognize that the cost is higher via Federal Express or UPS, it is the only manner to insure that your work reaches those judges in a timely manner.

Why use judges who live outside the United States?  This is an international organization. And, as such, our international members are an integral part of ITW.

Class of 2012/2013

Please note: Class designations are based on members’ release dates, and run from ThrillerFest to ThrillerFest. (August – July)


THE COLONY
Thomas Dunne Books
11/1/2012
SANDSTORM
Tor/Forge
6/1/2013
LOST AND FOUND
Who Dares Wins Publishing
8/1/2012
THE ANATOMIST'S WIFE
Berkely
11/6/2012
THE RIVIERA CONTRACT
Diversion Books
3/3/2013
THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING
Hyperion
5/14/2013
SEEKING SAMIEL
Sunbury Press
7/27/2012
THE ADEN AFFECT
Naval Institute Press
10/15/2012
CHAIN OF COMMAND
Stairway Press
1/1/2013
A SPOONFUL OF MURDER
Berkley
8/7/2012
The Libra Affair
Crimson Romance, A Division of F+W Media
4/8/2013
RUN TO ME
Random House Australia
1/13/2013
THE DEVIL OF ECHO LAKE
JournalStone
10/1/2012
THE RAGNAROK CONSPIRACY
Prometheus - Seventh Street Books
10/9/2012
HARROW
Black Opal Books
10/1/2012
DOUBLE VISION
Harper Collins
10/16/2012
CLOAKS AND VEILS
Thomas & Mercer
7/17/2012
AN AFFAIR OF VENGEANCE
Montlake Romance
11/6/2012
THE BUBBLE GUM THIEF
Thomas and Mercer
12/4/2012
TOWN RED
Black Opal Books
9/1/2012
COVER OF SNOW
Ballantine
1/15/2013
THE CAT SITTER'S CRADLE
St. Martin's/Minotaur
7/9/2013
HELL OR HIGH WATER
St. Martin's/Thomas Dunne
7/17/2012
DESOLATION ROW
Stairway Press
3/1/2013
BRIGANDS KEY
Five Star
8/1/2012
HIDDEN: A Bone Secrets Novel
Montlake Romance
7/17/2012
THE WIG IN THE WINDOW
Harper Children's
6/18/2013
BLIND SPOT
Harcourt Children's Books
10/1/2012
ANGEL HEAT
Suspense Publishing
2/13/2013
THE SIXTH STATION
Forge
1/22/2013
THE GENESIS CODE
DarkFuse
5/1/2013
DANTE'S WOOD
Seventh Street Books
1/15/2013
CARVED IN DARKNESS
Midnight Ink
5/8/2013
TWISTED
Bell Bridge Books, Belle Books
3/23/2013
THE BOOKSELLER
Prometheus - Seventh Street Books
10/9/2012
THE SCOOP
Gallery/Simon and Schuster
6/1/2013
ANONYMOUS SOURCES
Gallery Books
6/18/2013
YESTERDAY'S ECHO
Oceanview
5/1/2013
THE CURIOUS STEAMBOX AFFAIR
Penguin/InterMix
11/1/2012
BLACK FRIDAYS
Putnam
9/18/2012
THE BOY FROM REACTOR 4
Thomas & Mercer
3/19/2013
TWICE SHY
JournalStone
10/20/2012
The Boy Who Said No: An Escape to Freedom
Oceanview Publishing
6/4/2013
FIRELANDS
Stonehouse Ink
6/14/2013
NO REGRETS, NO REMORSE
Poisoned Pen Press
11/1/2012
THE HONEY GUIDE
FSG Macmillan
3/15/2012
UNKNOWN DAMAGE
Midnight Ink
4/1/2013
CORRUPT PRACTICES
Seventh Street Books, imprint of Prometheus Books
6/1/2013
NAYAK BROTHERS: THE VALENTINE'S DAY CLUE
Leadstart Publishing
8/4/2012
THE MIDWIFE'S TALE: A MYSTERY
St. Martin's Minotaur
1/8/2013
LEGAL HEAT
Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
4/23/2013
FOLLOW HER HOME
St. Martin's Minotaur
4/16/2013
A MURDER AT ROSAMUND'S GATE
St. Martin's Minotaur
4/23/2013
PLAYING TYLER
Strange Chemistry
7/1/2013
SPEAKING OF MURDER
Barking Rain Press
12/9/2013
SACRIFICE FLY
St. Martin's/Minotaur
10/16/2012
THE LINCOLN CONSPIRACY
Random House
9/1/2012
LENIN'S HAREM
Knox Robinson Publishing
12/1/2012


 

Class of 2013/2014

Please note: Class designations are based on members’ release dates, and run from ThrillerFest to ThrillerFest. (August – July)


GATED
Random House
8/1/2013
The Butterfly Sister
William Morrow/HarperCollins
8/6/2013
JAPANTOWN
Simon & Schuster
9/1/2013
SAY THAT TO MY FACE
Rebel E-Publishers
11/30/2013
A BURNABLE BOOK
Harper Collins
2/18/2014
LIMESTONE GUMPTION
Five Star
1/22/2014
THE EDGE OF NORMAL
Minotaur Books
9/10/2013
BLACK CHALK
Random House
4/1/2014
THE CLEARING
Exhibit A
11/7/2013
CONE OF UNCERTAINTY
Soul Mate Publishing
8/13/2013
PALL IN THE FAMILY
Berkley (Penguin)
8/6/2013
KILLING THE CURSE
Headline Books
5/29/2014
THE ASCENDANT
Simon & Schuster
1/7/2014
I'LL SLEEP WHEN YOU'RE DEAD
Black Opal Books
11/1/2013
ESCAPE FROM EDEN
Merit Press
8/18/2013
HUNTED
Mira
1/1/2014
NEARLY GONE
Dial/Penguin
3/25/2014
THE RED CHAMELEON
Pegasus
6/15/2014
THE ZODIAC DECEPTION
TOR/Forge
5/6/2014
CAIN'S BLOOD
Touchstone
9/3/2013
Graeme Shimmin
A KILL IN THE MORNING
Bantam Books
6/19/2014
MONTANA
The Permanent Press
10/25/2013
MISTRESS OF FORTUNE
Carina Press
2/3/2014
The Line
47North
2/1/2014
STYX & STONE
Prometheus Books
10/15/2013
THE PROBLEM WITH GOODBYE
Martin Brown
2/14/2014
DEATH SPIRAL
Poisoned Pencil
4/1/2014
THE ABSENCE OF MERCY
William and Morrow
11/19/2013
INVISIBLE CITY
St. Martin's Minotaur
5/6/2014
DOING HARM
St. Martin's Press
2/4/2014
BLESSED ARE THE DEAD
Harpercollins
6/10/2014
WANTED: DEAD OR IN LOVE
Merit Press
6/30/2014
DEATH AL DENTE
Berkley
8/1/2013
THE BLACK HOUR
Seventh Street Books
7/8/2014
The Impersonator
Minotaur Books
9/17/2013
NIGHTLIFE
Pocket Star, Simon & Schuster
10/13/2013
LEGITIMATE BUSINESS
Endeavor Press
3/11/2014
COME HELL OR HIGH DESIRE
Entangled Publishing
8/12/2013
THE CODE OF THE HILLS: AN OZARKS MYSTERY
Witness Impulse
4/15/2014
IN THE SHADOW OF REVENGE
Carina Press
7/15/2013
THE TRIDENT DECEPTION
St. Martin's Press
3/4/2014
FATAL SNOW
Sunbury Press
2/17/2014
A SINISTER OBSESSION
Black Opal Books
8/27/2013
DEADSTICK DAWN
Suspense Publishing
8/2/2013
DEEP WINTER
Blue Rider Press
2/20/2014
THE WELL'S END
Putnam Juvenile
8/1/2013
TIME OF DEATH: INDUCTION
Permuted Press
5/26/2014
The Madonna Files
Whiskey Creek Press
8/31/2013
COUNTRY HARDBALL
Tyrus Books
11/18/2013
OVER MY LIVE BODY
The Story Plant
3/18/2014
SECRETARIAT REBORN
Oceanview Publishing
10/1/2013
Ted Scofield
EAT WHAT YOU KILL
St. Martin's Press
3/25/2014
DEADLY CHEMISTRY
Entangled
6/23/2014
COURIER
Angry Robot Books
4/29/2014
A Killing at Cotton Hill
Seventh Street Books
7/16/2013
TOMORROW AND TOMORROW
Putnam
7/10/2014
THE INHERITOR
Turner Publishing Company
6/3/2014
KILLER IMAGE
Henery Press
10/1/2013


 

Debut Authors Program Frequently Asked Questions

Q.   Am I eligible for the Debut Authors Program?

A.   To qualify for the Debut Authors Program, an author must satisfy the following four requirements:

  • The novel is the author’s first novel published in any format, anywhere; and
  • The novel has or will be published after the most recent ThrillerFest. For instance, the last ThrillerFest was held July 11-14, 2012 and therefore an author who applied for the Debut Authors Program and whose first novel was released before July 11, 2012 was eligible for the Program. Conversely, an author whose book was released before the year’s ThrillerFest (any time before July 11, 2012) but who did not apply to the Debut Program until after July 14, 2012 is not eligible for the Program. 

Q.   What if my publisher is not on the ITW-Recognized Publisher List?

A.   ITW’s list of Recognized Publishers is growing, and if you are published by a new or small press that is not yet included, please encourage them to apply by reading the guidelines here.

Q.   What if I’ve written other books?

A:   Well, you can write as many books as you want—we Debuts all know that the first book published isn’t always the first written!  But in order to be a Debut Author, you must have published or be about to publish your first novel-length work.  That means that publishing short stories or non-fiction does not preclude you from membership.

Q.   What is a Debut Author’s “Class Year”?

A.   ITW has divided the Debut Authors into Classes based on release dates, from ThrillerFest to ThrillerFest. The Class of 2012/2013, for instance, have first books published between July 15, 2012 (the last day of the 2012 ThrillerFest) and July 10, 2013 (the first day of the 2013 ThrillerFest). A Debut Author’s Class determines, among other things, the year in which the author is eligible to participate in the Debut Breakfast at ThrillerFest.

Q.   What are the benefits of joining the Debut Authors Program?

A.   There are several benefits, including:

  • The opportunity to receive media coverage concerning Debut Author events.  For instance, this year BookTrib.com profiled the Class of 2011/12 and The Big ThrillLibrary Journal, and Suspense Magazineran stories as well.
  • Membership in the Debut Authors Discussion Forum and Mentor Forum.

The Discussion Forum is a private forum where debut authors share experiences, give one another advice, post notices about upcoming events, and build relationships. The Forum also has archived resources, including a Debut Survival Guide, advice on getting blurbs, and much more.

The Mentor Forum features established ITW members who appear in the Forum to answer questions. Recent events have included a two-hour Skype session with Lee Child, as well as monthly on-line forums with David Morrell, Douglas Preston, Gayle Lynds, Harlan Coben, Lisa Gardner, and other bestselling thriller writers.  Read about one of those events here.

  • A growing network and community, both with writers at just your stage, and with many of the greats in the business, which will provide support, resources, and opportunities at every stage of a career.
  • Social media support, including inclusion on The Big Thrill’s Debut Author page, the opportunity to post on our blog, The Thrill Begins, and social media guidance and advice from Debut members. 

Q.   Do Debut Authors ever get together in person?

A.   Yes.  Members of the Debut Authors Program have attended one another’s book events, met for social gatherings, and even helped with research. Members of the Program who attend ThrillerFest go out to dinner together to unwind from the rapid-fire pace of the conference. And, one of our members recently helped another get a VIP tour of the Pentagon and a tour of the U.S. Capitol by a senator’s chief of staff.

Q.   Does it cost anything to be a member of the Debut Authors Program?

A.   No.  As with ITW, there are no membership or other dues.  The Debut Authors Program does maintain a “sunshine fund” for any donation members may wish to make. Donations are completely voluntary and go toward thank-you gifts to Mentor Forum mentors and small expenses that arise.

Q.   How do I apply to the Debut Authors Program?

A.   You can apply in one of two ways.  First, when you apply to join ITW, the application form asks if you are a Debut Author.  If you check the box, the Debut Authors Committee will contact you.  Second, if you are already an ITW  member and want to join the Debut Authors Program, please just email our Membership Coordinator, Wendy Tyson.

Q.   What if I have more questions?

A.   Please contact a member of the Debut Authors Committee:

Amy Christine Parker, Chair:    amychristineparker@gmail.com
Wendy Tyson, Membership:    wentyso@verizon.net
Ed Aymar, Social Media:    eaymar01@gmail.com
Margery Brody, Social Media:    mbrody@satx.rr.com
Cathy Perkins, Social Media:    cathy.p.perkins@gmail.com
Bryan Robinson, Discussion Forum:    cogswood@yahoo.com

Announcing FACE OFF – On Sale Now!

face-offSIMON & SCHUSTER TO PUBLISH INTERNATIONAL THRILLER WRITERS ANTHOLOGY

New York, N.Y., July 9, 2013 – In an unprecedented collaboration, 23 of the world’s bestselling and critically acclaimed thriller writers will pair their series characters in an 11-story anthology curated by the International Thriller Writers (ITW) and to be published in 2014 by Simon & Schuster.

The stories in Face Off will feature such pairings as Michael Connelly’s Hieronymous “Harry” Bosch joining forces with Dennis Lehane’s Patrick Kenzie in the story Red Eye and John Sandford’s Lucas Davenport teaming up with Jeffery Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme in Rhymes with Prey.

All of the contributors are ITW members and the project will be edited by ITW member and #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci, who says, “This is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity for readers. It’s only through ITW that we were able to bring these literary legends toe to toe. I’m honored to be at the helm of this amazing ship.” [Read more…]