Class of 2010/2011

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


A CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Gallery
5/17/2011
HORIZONTAL COLLABORATOR
TotalRecall Publications
1/4/2011
MAN LAW
Carina Press
7/4/2011
FINAL VECTOR
Medallion Press
2/1/2011
Law of Attraction
Simon & Schuster
10/1/2010
THE TAKER
Century
4/1/2011
SAVING MAX
MIRA
10/1/2010
POWER DOWN
St. Martin's
9/28/2010
ONE ROUGH MAN
Dutton
2/1/2011
HYBRID
Fiction Studio
4/16/2011
EYEWALL
Belle Books
5/1/2011
BOLT ACTION
Hodder Headline
9/1/2010
THE WITCH OF BABYLON
Penguin Canada
6/7/2011
DELIRIOUS
Kensington
1/25/2011
SILENT KILL
L&L Dreamspell
8/2/2010
UNHINGED
Medallion
2011
STEALING THE MARBLES
Rebel E-Publishers
9/1/2010
THE SHEPHERD
Fiction Studio
3/16/2011
HUNTER'S WORLD
Five Star
5/18/2011
THE EPHIALTES AFFAIR
St. Martins Minotaur
Fall 2010
THE PRIEST
Scribner
3/8/2011
THE FUND
Forge
5/1/2011
LA VIE CLAIRE
Berkley
5/1/2011
THE DAMAGE DONE
Forge
10/1/2010
GIDEON'S WAR
Touchstone/Fireside
1/11/2011
THE WATER RAT OF WANCHAI
House of Anansi
2/1/2011
THE GENESIS KEY
HarperCollins
6/28/2011
NO PLACE TO DIE
Dorchester
8/1/2010
THE FIRST VICTIM
Carina Press
6/13/2011
THE BREATH OF GOD
West Hills
3/1/2011
CREEP
Simon&Schuster/Gallery
7/1/2011
MIDNIGHT CALLER
MIRA
2/1/2011
A GOOD EXCUSE TO BE BAD
Kensington
6/28/2011
SWEET TEA AND SECRETS
Turquoise Morning Press
5/1/2011
AMERICAN DEVIL
Headline
9/1/2010
IDENTITY: LOST
Oceanview
6/14/2011
THE DEVALERA DECEPTION
Enigma Books
9/21/2010
SPIRAL
Dial Press
3/22/2011
THE CRUELEST CUT
Pinnacle
10/1/2010
IN THE BELLY OF JONAH
Greenleaf Book Group
9/1/2010
LEARNING TO SWIM
Crown
2/22/2011
THE SAMARITAN
Bancroft Press
1/1/2011
THE INFORMATIONIST
Crown
3/1/2011
SECRET SIGNS
Gallaudet University Press
11/30/2010
DEATH NOTICE
Kensington
10/1/2010
GIRL THREE
Turquoise Morning Press
6/1/2011
THE STORY IN THE STARS
Risen Books
6/1/2011

 


 

Class of 2011/2012

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


PETROPLAGUE
Diversion
10/26/2011
ONLY FEAR
Carina Press
9/5/2011
THE LAST JUSTICE
Sterling & Ross
2/7/2012
THE NINTH MAN
Ingalls
11/1/2011
THE CURE
Diversion Books
6/1/2012
THAT WHICH SHOULD NOT BE
Journalstone
10/7/2011
THE CALYPSO DIRECTIVE
Arcade
4/1/2012
FINAL CROSSING
Vantage Point
6/1/2012
THE PROFESSOR
Carina Press
1/23/2012
THE CRYPTOS CONUNDRUM
Forge Books
6/19/2012
DEAD HARVEST
Angry Robot Books
2/28/2012
THE PORTAL
Black Opal Books
10/5/2011
HUSH MONEY
St. Martin's Minotaur
5/8/2012
DON'T EVER GET OLD
Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's
5/22/2012
LOW TOWN
Doubleday
8/16/2011
DEATH, TAXES AND A FRENCH MANICURE
St. Martin's
11/1/2011
A HUMAN ELEMENT
Echelon Press
3/15/2012
THE WINSLOW INCIDENT
Five Star
12/16/2011
BLUES HIGHWAY BLUES
Thomas & Mercer
6/26/2012
Q: AWAKENING
Variance
3/15/2012
BEACH RENTAL
Turquoise Morning
7/12/2011
THE DEEP ZONE
Ballantine Books
4/3/2012
BLOOD AND BULLETS
Kensington
2/7/2012
THE MAN FROM PRIMROSE LANE
FSG Macmillan
2/28/2012
THE TRAITEUR'S RING
JournalStone
9/9/2011
WHITE LIES
Oceanview
5/7/2012
FROM THE ASHES
Fiction Studio
1/17/2012
A FATAL DEBT
Random House
6/27/2012
DOVE SEASON
Amazon Encore
9/13/2011
PLAYING DEAD
Bantam
5/29/2012
HUSHED
Entangled Publishing LLC
12/1/2011
LIVING PROOF
Tor
2/28/2012
THE LEVITICUS MISSION
Sunbury Press
9/26/2011
SAVING HOPE
Musa Publishing
5/5/2012
EVERY LAST SECRET
St. Martin's/Thomas Dunne
4/24/2012
NIGHT WALKER
Entangled Publishing
5/1/2012
STARTERS
Delacorte
3/13/2012
LIVER LET DIE
Berkely Prime Crime
10/4/2011
DUKKHA: THE SUFFERING
YMAA Publication Center
12/2/2011
WHERE THE DEAD FEAR TO TREAD
Untreed Reads
9/1/2011
THE INQUISITOR
Henry Holt & Co.
4/10/2012
THE GENEVA CONNECTION
Musa Publishing
12/15/2011
THE 500
Little, Brown
6/5/2012
SHE CAN RUN
Montlake Romance
11/28/2011
IN A TREACHEROUS COURT
Gallery
8/2/2011
NIGHTCRAWLER
SamHain Publishing
5/1/2012
THE CROWN
Touchstone/Firesidee
1/10/2012
KILL SWITCH
Kensington
12/13/2011
THE PROFESSIONALS
Putnam
3/29/2012
THE HALO EFFECT
LBF Books
3/30/2012
LETHALLY BLONDE
Leap Books
2/14/2012
EVIL AGREEMENT
Headline Booksyes
7/1/2012
HELLFIRE
Transit Publications
9/1/2011
RIVER BOTTOM BLUES
Barking Rain Press
1/27/2011
UNDER FIRE
Carina Press
8/22/2011
JACK OF HEARTS
Untreed Reads
6/1/2012
EQUITY OF EVIL
Twilight Times Books
3/5/2012
DROP DEAD ON RECALL
Midnight Ink
2012
CHILDREN OF PARANOIA
Dutton
9/8/2011
THE DOCTOR'S DILEMMA
Avalon
8/5/2011

 


 

Past Nominees and Winners

ITW Thriller Award nominees and winners.

Winners are listed in bold with *

 

2012 Thriller Awards
(Winners announced July, 2012)

Jack Higgins, ThrillerMaster
in recognition of his legendary career and outstanding contributions to the thriller genre

Ann Rule, True Thriller Award

Richard North Patterson, Silver Bullet Award

BEST HARD COVER NOVEL

Joseph Finder – BURIED SECRETS (St. Martin’s Press) **
Jonathan Hayes – A HARD DEATH (Harper)
Stephen King – 11/22/63 (Scribner)*
Michael Koryta – THE RIDGE (Little, Brown and Co.)
Marcus Sakey – THE TWO DEATHS OF DANIEL HAYES (Dutton Adult)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL

Jeff Abbott – THE LAST MINUTE (Sphere/Little, Brown UK)*
John Gilstrap – THREAT WARNING (Pinnacle)
Helen Grant – THE GLASS DEMON (Delacorte Press)
Steven James – THE QUEEN (Revell)
John Rector – ALREADY GONE (Thomas & Mercer)

BEST FIRST NOVEL

James Barney – THE GENESIS KEY (Harper)
Melinda Leigh – SHE CAN RUN (Montlake Romance)
Paul McEuen – SPIRAL (The Dial Press)*
H.T. Narea – THE FUND (Forge Books)
Leslie Tentler – MIDNIGHT CALLER (Mira)

BEST SHORT STORY

James Scott Bell – “One More Lie” (Compendium Press)
Michael Lewin – “Anything to Win” (Strand Magazine)
Twist Phelan – “Happine$$” (MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA PRESENTS THE RICH AND THE DEAD, Grand Central Publishing)
Tim L. Williams – “Half-Lives” (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)*
Dave Zeltserman – “A Hostage Situation” (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)

 

2011 Thriller Awards
(Winners announced July, 2011)

R.L. Stine, ThrillerMaster in recognition of his legendary career and outstanding contributions to the thriller genre

Joe McGinniss, True Thriller Award

Karin Slaughter, Silver Bullet Award

Best Hard Cover Novel:

Michael Connelly – THE REVERSAL (Little Brown)
Jeffery Deaver – EDGE: A NOVEL (Simon & Schuster)
Brian Freeman – THE BURYING PLACE (Minotaur)
Mo Hayder – SKIN (Grove)
John Sandford – BAD BLOOD (Putnam)*

Best Paperback Original:

Robert Gregory Browne – DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN (St. Martin’s)
Max Allan Collins and Matthew Clemens – YOU CAN’T STOP ME (Pinnacle)
J.T. Ellison – THE COLD ROOM (Mira)*
Shane Gericke – TORN APART (Pinnacle)
Jon Trace – THE VENICE CONSPIRACY (Hachette Digital)

Best First Novel:

Carla Buckley – THE THINGS THAT KEEP US HERE (Random House)
Paul Doiron – THE POACHER’S SON (Minotaur)
Reece Hirsch – THE INSIDER (Berkley)
Thomas Kaufman – DRINK THE TEA (Minotaur)
Chevy Stevens – STILL MISSING (St. Martin’s)*

Best Short Story:

Mike Carey – “Second Wind” (THE NEW DEAD, St. Martin’s)
Michael Connelly – “Blue on Black” (Strand Magazine)
Richard Helms – “The Gods for Vengeance Cry” (Dell Magazine)*
Harley Jane Kozak – “Madeeda” (CRIMES BY MOONLIGHT: Mysteries from the Dark Side, Berkley)
Nicholas Kaufmann – “Chasing the Dragon” (ChiZine Publications)
Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins – “Long Time Dead” (Strand Magazine)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

2010 Thriller Awards
(Winners announced July 10, 2010)

Ken Follett, ThrillerMaster
in recognition of his legendary career and outstanding contributions to the thriller genre

Mark Bowden, True Thriller Award

Linda Fairstein, Silver Bullet Award

US Airways, Silver Bullet Award (Corporate)

Best Hard Cover Novel:
VANISHED by Joseph Finder
LONG LOST by Harlan Coben
FEAR THE WORST by Linwood Barclay
THE NEIGHBOR by Lisa Gardner*
THE RENEGADES by T. Jefferson Parker

Best Paperback Original:
SHADOW SEASON by Tom Piccirilli
URGE TO KILL by John Lutz
VENGEANCE ROAD by Rick Mofina
THE COLDEST MILE by Tom Piccirilli*
NO MERCY by John Gilstrap

Best First Novel:
FRAGMENT by Warren Fahy
DEAD MEN’S DUST by Matt Hilton
COLLISION OF EVIL by John J. Le Beau
DRACULA: THE UN-DEAD by Dacre Stoker & Ian Holt
RUNNING FROM THE DEVIL by Jamie Freveletti*

Best Short Story:
THE DESERT HERE AND THE DESERT FAR AWAY by Marcus Sakey
A STAB IN THE HEART by Twist Phelan*
BACKUP by Rick Mofina
ICED by Harry Hunsicker
BOLDT’S BROKEN ANGEL by Ridley Pearson

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

2009
ThrillerMaster: David Morrell
Silver Bullet Award: Brad Meltzer
Silver Bullet Corporate Award: Dollar General Literacy Foundation
(winners announced July 11, 2009)

Best Thriller Of The Year
Hold Tight by Harlan Coben
The Bodies Left Behind by Jeffery Deaver*
The Broken Window by Jeffery Deaver
The Dark Tide by Andrew Gross
The Last Patriot by Brad Thor

Best First Novel
Calumet City by Charlie Newton
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith*
Criminal Paradise by Steven Thomas
Sacrifice by S. J. Bolton
The Killer’s Wife by Bill Floyd

Best Short Story
Between the Dark and the Daylight (Ellery Queen Magazine) by Tom Piccirilli
Last Island South (Ellery Queen Magazine) by John C. Boland
The Edge of Seventeen (The Darker Mask) by Alexandra Sokoloff*
The Point Guard (Killer Year Anthology) by Jason Pinter
Time of the Green (Killer Year Anthology) by Ken Bruen

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

2008
ThrillerMaster: Sandra Brown
Silver Bullet Award:  Macy’s
and David Baldacci
(winners announced July 12, 2008)

Best Novel
No Time For Goodbye by Linwood Barclay (Bantam)
The Watchman by Robert Crais (Simon & Schuster)
The Ghost by Robert Harris (Simon & Schuster)*
The Crime Writer by Gregg Hurwitz (Viking)
Trouble by Jesse Kellerman (Putnam)

Best First Novel
Interred With Their Bones by Jennifer Lee Carrell (Dutton)
Big City, Bad Blood by Sean Chercover (William Morrow)
From the Depths by Gerry Doyle (McBook Press)
Volk’s Game by Brent Ghelfi (Henry Holt and Co.)
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill (William Morrow)*

Best Paperback Original
The Last Nightingale by Anthony Flacco (Ballantine)
A Thousand Bones by P.J. Parrish (Pocket)
The Midnight Road by Tom Piccirilli (Bantam)*
The Queen of Bedlam by Robert McCammon (Pocket)
Shattered by Jay Bonansinga (Pinnacle)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

2007
ThrillerMaster: James Patterson

(winners announced July 14, 2007)

Best Novel
False Impression, Jeffrey Archer (St. Martin’s Press)
Killer Instinct, Joseph Finder (St. Martin’s Press)*
Cold Kill, Stephen Leather (Hodder & Stoughton)
The Messenger, Daniel Silva (Putnam)
Beautiful Lies, Lisa Unger (Shaye Areheart Books/Bantam)

Best First Novel
Shadow of Death, Patricia Gussin (Oceanview Publishing)
Switchback, Matthew Klein (Orion)
A Thousand Suns, Alex Scarrow (Orion)
18 Seconds, George D. Shuman (Simon & Schuster)
Mr. Clarinet, Nick Stone (Michael Joseph Ltd/Penguin) *

Best Paperback Original
Skeleton Coast, Clive Cussler with Jack DuBrul (Berkley Trade)
The Deep Blue Alibi, Paul Levine (Bantam)
An Unquiet Grave, P.J. Parrish (Pinnacle)*
Headstone City, Tom Piccirilli (Spectra Books/Crown)
Mortal Faults, Michael Prescott (Onyx Books)

Best Screenplay
Inside Man: Russell Gewirtz
The Departed: William Monahan
The Good Shepherd: Eric Roth*
Children of Men: Alfonse Cuarón, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby
Casino Royale: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Paul Haggis

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

2006
ThrillerMaster: Clive Cussler
(winners announced July 1, 2006)

Best Novel
Panic, Jeff Abbott (Dutton)
Consent to Kill, Vince Vlynn (Atria)
Velocity, Dean Koontz (Bantam)
The Patriots Club, Christopher Reich (Delacorte Press)*
Citizen Vince, Jess Walter (Regan Books)

Best First Nove
l
Improbable, Adam Fawer (Willaim Morrow)*
The Color of Law, Mark Gimenez (Doubleday)
Cold Granite, Stuart MacBride (St. Martin’s Minotaur)
Pain Killer, Will Staeger (Will Morrow)
Beneath a Panamanian Moon, David Terrenoire (Thomas Dunne Books)

Best Paperback Original
Sleeper Cell, Jeffrey Anderson (Berkley)
Pride Runs Deep, R. Cameron Cooke (Jove)*
Upside Down, John Ramsey Miller (Dell)
The Dying Hour, Rick Mofina (Pinnacle Books)
Exit Strategy, Michael Wiecek (Jove)

Best Screenplay
Match Point, screenplay by Woody Allen
Syriana, based on the book by Robert Baer, written by Stephen Gaghan
Cache (Hidden), screenplay by Michael Haneke*
Oldboy, screenplay by Jo-yun Hwang, Chun-hyeong Lim, Joon-hyung Lim, and Chan-wook Park; story by Garon Tsuchiva
Munich, screenplay by Tony Kushner and Eric Roth; based on the book by George Jonas

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…]

ThrillerFest IX – Registration Now Open!

ThrillerFest IXThrillerFest IX – July 8th – 12th, Grand Hyatt, NYC.

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This year is the 10th Anniversary of ITW, and we are thrilled to be honoring 2014 ThrillerMaster Scott Turow and 2014 Silver Bullet Award recipient Brenda Novak. We’ll also be welcoming back 2013 ThrillerMaster Anne Rice and 2013 Silver Bullet Award recipient Steve Berry.

With the upcoming release of ITW’s Thriller 4 Anthology, FACEOFF, we’re pleased to be showcasing the contributing authors, including David Baldacci, Linwood Barclay, Steve Berry, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Jeffery Deaver, Linda Fairstein, Joseph Finder, Lisa Gardner, Heather Graham, Peter James, Raymond Khoury, Dennis Lehane, John Lescroart, Steve Martini, T. Jefferson Parker, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Ian Rankin, James Rollins, M.J. Rose, John Sandford, R.L. Stine, and F. Paul Wilson. You won’t want to miss this incredible line-up, so please sign up today!

Visit The ThrillerFest Website for more information.

Register Online Today!

If you prefer to mail your registration, you can download and print the appropriate registrations forms here:

Join ITW

membersITW welcomes applications for Author and Associate Membership.

The International Thriller Writers is an honorary society of authors, both fiction and nonfiction, who write books broadly classified as “thrillers.” This would include (but isn’t limited to) such subjects as murder mystery, detective, suspense, horror, supernatural, action, espionage, true crime, war, adventure, and myriad similar subject areas.

ITW’s mission is “To bestow recognition and promote the thriller genre at an innovative and superior level for and through our Active members; to provide opportunities for mentoring, education and collegiality among thriller authors and industry professionals; and to grant awards for excellence in the thriller genre.” ITW By-laws: Article II, Purposes, Section 2.

One of the main purposes of the organization is to provide a way for successful, bestselling authors to help debut and midlist authors advance their careers. To that end, ITW has designed numerous, effective programs and events which promote debut and midlist writers and their work, sometimes in partnership with bestselling authors. In addition, ITW promotes literacy, gives money to worthy organizations, supports libraries, and advances the genre. Finally, it brings together almost a thousand writers, readers, publishers,  editors and agents at its annual conference, ThrillerFest, as well as at CraftFest, a writing workshop program, and PitchFest, where aspiring authors can meet and pitch top literary agents. [Read more…]