We’re thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2016 ITW Thriller Awards:
BEST HARDCOVER NOVEL
Ian Caldwell – THE FIFTH GOSPEL (Simon & Schuster)
Tess Gerritsen – PLAYING WITH FIRE (Ballantine)
Paula Hawkins – THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN (Riverhead Books)
David Morrell – INSPECTOR OF THE DEAD (Mulholland Books)
Karin Slaughter – PRETTY GIRLS (William Morrow)
BEST FIRST NOVEL
Sandra Block – LITTLE BLACK LIES (Grand Central)
LS Hawker – THE DROWNING GAME (Witness Impulse)
Gilly Macmillan – WHAT SHE KNEW (William Morrow)
Brian Panowich – BULL MOUNTAIN (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
Hester Young – THE GATES OF EVANGELINE (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL NOVEL
Marc Cameron – DAY ZERO (Pinnacle)
John Gilstrap – AGAINST ALL ENEMIES (Pinnacle)
Andrew Mayne – NAME OF THE DEVIL (Bourbon Street Books)
D.J. McIntosh – THE ANGEL OF EDEN (Penguin Canada)
Jean Rabe – POCKETS OF DARKNESS (WordFire Press)
BEST SHORT STORY
Reed Farrel Coleman – “Feeding the Crocodile” JEWISH NOIR (PM Press)
Jeffrey Deaver – “Repressed” (Diversion Books)
Sharon Hunt – “The Water Was Rising” (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine)
Terrence McCauley – “El Cambalache” (Thuglit)
Joyce Carol Oates – “Gun Accident: An Investigation” (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine)
BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL
Alan Gratz – CODE OF HONOR (Scholastic Press)
Nicole Maggi – THE FORGETTING (Sourcebooks Fire)
Michelle Painchaud – PRETENDING TO BE ERICA (Viking Books for Young Readers)
Emily Ross – HALF IN LOVE WITH DEATH (Merit Press)
Allan Stratton – THE DOGS (Sourcebooks Fire)
BEST E-BOOK ORIGINAL NOVEL
Diane Capri – JACK AND JOE (AugustBooks)
Chris Kuzneski – THE PRISONER’S GOLD (Chris Kuzneski)
Robert McClure – DEADLY LULLABY (Alibi)
Caitlin O’Connell – IVORY GHOSTS (Alibi)
Eric Rickstad – LIE IN WAIT (Witness Impulse)
Congratulations to all the finalists!
The 2016 ITW Thriller Award Winners will be announced at ThrillerFest XI, July 9, 2016, at the Grand Hyatt (New York City.)
Very special thanks to:
Joshua Corin, Awards Committee Chair
Jennifer Kreischer, Awards Coordinator
Suzanne Rorhus, Awards Coordinator
And all the 2016 ITW Thriller Awards Judges
THE 2016 THRILLER AWARDS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS
LET THE COMPETITION BEGIN!
International Thriller Writers is pleased to announce its
2016 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 short story of the year.
BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL NOVEL:
This award honors the best 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.
RULES OF ELIGIBILITY
All novels FIRST published in the English language by an ITW Recognized Publisher within the 2015 calendar year are eligible for the respective categories listed above.
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 publisher. If a work is not submitted by the deadline date of December 31, 2015, 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, 2015 and December 31, 2015. 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** All submissions (with the exception of short stories) must be attached to the submission form in .pdf format. Wherever possible, we request that short stories also be submitted in .pdf format, but understand there may be exceptions.Please contact the Awards Chair, Joshua Corin with any questions you may have.
SCHEDULE OF ANNOUNCEMENTS
Finalists will be announced April 2016. 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 9, 2016 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
Jen Kreischer, Coordinator (Hardcover, Debut, e-book original)
Suzanne Rorhus, Coordinator (Paperback Original, YA, Short Story)