2020 Thriller Awards

2020 THRILLER AWARDS
NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS!

LET THE COMPETITION BEGIN!

International Thriller Writers is pleased to announce its
2020 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 NOVEL:
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.

 


**SUBMISSION DEADLINE**
The submission deadline is November 1, 2019!

 

RULES OF ELIGIBILITY

Eligible Novels:  All novels first published in the English language by an ITW Recognized Publisher or from an ITW Active Member.

Eligible Short Stories:  Entries must be under 35,000 words to be eligible for entry in the Best Short Story category. Original publication or a copy of the story published is admissible, provided it is accompanied by proof of publication (i.e., the publication’s copyright page/notice).

Eligibility Period:   Eligible works must have been first published between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019.

Submission Deadline:   The deadline for submission is November 1, 2019.  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, 2019, that work will be disqualified.

Other Eligibility Requirements:  Works may be submitted to only one category. Hardcover novels must be entered in the Best Hardcover Novel category (except for First Novels). Paperback Originals must be entered in the 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). Any author who has previously published a novel in any format is ineligible to submit work for Best First Novel.  E-books sold principally in e-book format with only incidental print copies available (such as POD) and that are not distributed in brick-and-mortar stores are eligible for the E-Book Original category.  If you have questions about the appropriate category for your submission please contact Anthony@anthonyfranzebooks.com.

Frequently Asked Questions:  For other eligibility or submission questions, please review our Frequently Asked Questions.


 

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR WORK

To submit a novel or short story 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 that all books and short stories must be submitted via NetGalley (instructions for doing so are on the entry form) or in .pdf format.

Please contact the Awards Vice President, Anthony Franze (Anthony@anthonyfranzebooks.com) with any questions.


 

SCHEDULE OF ANNOUNCEMENTS

ITW will announce the finalists in April 2020. ITW will contact finalists directly.

ITW will announce the winners on July 11, 2020 at the International Thriller Writers’ gala banquet held in New York City.

Let the thriller competition begin!

Anthony Franze, VP Awards


 

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