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The International Thriller Writers is pleased to announce its 2014 Thriller Awards Competition. Categories include:
Best Hardcover Novel - This award honors the best hardcover thriller novel of the year.
Best Paperback Original Novel – This award honors the best paperback original 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 or language.
Best E-Book Original Novel - This award honors the best e-book original thriller novel of the year, first published in 2013.
Best Young Adult Novel - This award honors the best young adult thriller novel (aimed at ages 12 – 18) of the year.
Best Short Story - This award honors the best thriller short story (up to 35,000 words) of the year.
THIS LIST OF 2014 THRILLER AWARD SUBMISSIONS CAN BE FOUND HERE.
RULES OF ELIGIBILITY
All work FIRST published in the English language by a ITW Recognized Publisher within the 2013 calendar year are eligible for the respective categories listed above. ITW maintains a list of recognized traditional commercial publishers on its website. Any publisher or author may fill out ITW’s “Publisher Questionnaire,” seeking admission to the list.
Active-status ITW members may submit independently published work to the appropriate category of Thriller competition (Best Hardcover, Best Paperback Original, Best E-Book Original, Best Young Adult, and Best Short Story). Independently published work from Associate ITW members or non-members will not be considered for competition.
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 and ensure copies reach each judge in that category by the stated deadline dates. If an entered work does not reach the judge by the deadline date, that work will be disqualified. It is solely the entrant’s responsibility to ensure copies are delivered.
Publishers are requested to submit a title to only the appropriate 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. All First Novels must be entered in the Best First Novel category with the exception of Young Adult Novels, which may be entered in the Young Adult category. E-Books that have been previously published in any format are ineligible. The work of a novelist who has been previously published in any format is ineligible for Best First Novel.
ELIGIBILITY AND RULES SPECIFIC TO SHORT STORIES
The term “Short Story” includes novellas.
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, 2013 and December 31, 2013.
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).
The Entry Form is posted on the ITW website. Once your entry form is received, your entry will be assigned to a judging panel. **PLEASE NOTE:** All submissions (with the exception of short stories) must be attached to the submission form in .pdf format. We hope that this change will greatly simplify the submission process, and eliminate the cost borne by the submitter. If it is not possible for a .pdf to be submitted, please contact the coordinator for that category (see below). Wherever possible, we request that short stories also be submitted in .pdf format, but understand there may be exceptions.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS
Any thrillers meeting the criteria stated above that are first published from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013 are eligible. Publishers, agents, publicists and/or authors are required to send electronic copies of eligible work to ITW no later than December 31, 2013, to allow adequate time to review the titles. Only works received by ITW at the close of business on December 31, 2013 are eligible for award consideration.
SCHEDULE OF ANNOUNCEMENTS
Finalists will be announced in April 2014. 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 12, 2014 at the International Thriller Writers’ gala banquet held during ThrillerFest.
To receive notification of these announcements, please email the Awards Coordinator overseeing the appropriate category.
Anthony Franze, (email@example.com): Best Hardcover Novel, Best Paperback Original, Best First Novel
Jeff Ayers (firstname.lastname@example.org): Best E-Book Original, Best Young Adult Novel, Best Short Story
The 2014 contest is now open–let the best Thriller win!
ITW Awards Program Committee:
Carla Buckley, Vice President, Awards
Joshua Corin, Awards Chair
Jeff Ayers, Awards Coordinator
Anthony Franze, Awards Coordinator