2018 Thriller Awards

LET THE COMPETITION BEGIN!

International Thriller Writers is pleased to announce its 2018 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 NOVEL:
This award honors the best e-book original thriller novel of the year.


RULES OF ELIGIBILITY

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

Eligible Short Stories:  Stories must be under 35,000 words and first published during the eligibility period. 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).

Eligibility Period:   Eligible works must have been first published between September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017.  This is a change from prior years where the eligibility period was on a calendar-year basis.

Submission Deadline:   November 1, 2017. ITW will solicit publishers for eligible work, but ultimately it is the responsibility of each author who would like to be considered for an award to contact his or her publisher. Works submitted after the November 1, 2017 deadline are not eligible for an award.

Other Eligibility Requirements:  Works may be submitted to only 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.

 


 

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 that all works must be submitted via NetGalley or in .pdf format. Instructions for each are on the submission form.

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

 


 

SCHEDULE OF ANNOUNCEMENTS

Finalists will be announced Spring 2018. 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 14, 2018 at the International Thriller Writers’ gala banquet held in New York City.

Let the thriller competition begin!

Anthony Franze, VP Awards