2022 Thriller Awards

2022 THRILLER AWARDS
NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS!

LET THE COMPETITION BEGIN!

International Thriller Writers is pleased to announce its
2022 Thriller Awards Competition.

BEST HARDCOVER NOVEL:
This award honors the best hardcover thriller 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 paperback original thriller of the year.

BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL:
This award honors the best young adult thriller of the year, 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.

BEST AUDIOBOOK:
This award honors the best audiobook thriller of the year.


 

RULES OF ELIGIBILITY

(Please check our FAQs for detailed answers to your eligibility questions)

Eligibility Period: All works must be published in the English language for the first time between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021.

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

Eligible Short Stories: All short stories under 35,000 words and first published in English by an ITW Recognized Publisher or from an ITW Active Member. 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).

Eligible Audiobooks: All audiobooks first published in English by an ITW Recognized Publisher or from an ITW Active Member, which have not been submitted to the Thriller Awards in any other format (print or e-book) in a previous year.

Submission Deadline: The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2021. Works may be submitted by either the publisher or the author. To avoid duplicate submissions, an author should confirm with their publisher that their work has not already been submitted. If a work is not submitted by the deadline date of September 30, 2021, that work may be disqualified.

Other Eligibility Requirements: With the exception of audiobooks, each work must be submitted to only one category. ITW will accept up to three eligible works per author (for example, an author may submit one novel and two short stories, if all three were published in 2021).

Please note the following category-specific requirements:

  • Novels first published in hardcover must be submitted to Best Hardcover (except for first novels).
  • Novels first published in paperback must be submitted to Best Paperback Original (except for first novels).
  • All first novels must be submitted to the Best First Novel (except for young adult novels). Any author who has previously published a novel in any format is ineligible to submit to Best First Novel.
  • All young adult novels, including YA novels that are also first novels, must be submitted to Best Young Adult.
  • 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.
  • A novel may be submitted to both Best Audiobook and one other category, provided both submissions meet all eligibility requirements. An audiobook is not eligible if it the book was submitted to the Thriller Awards in any format in a previous year.

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


 

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR WORK

To submit a novel, short story, or audiobook for consideration, please fill out the entry form below. Once your submission is received, your entry will be reviewed for eligibility and assigned to the appropriate judging panel.

Please note that novels and short stories must be submitted via NetGalley or .pdf format only. Audiobooks must be submitted via Audible link only. If you have questions about eligibility requirement or the submission guidelines, please check our FAQs.


 

SCHEDULE OF ANNOUNCEMENTS

ITW will announce the finalists in February 2022.

ITW will announce the winners at its annual ThrillerFest conference in New York City on Saturday, June 4, 2022.

Let the thriller competition begin!

Jennifer Hillier
ITW Board of Directors, Vice President, Awards


Please note: Submissions will begin on Monday, May 31.

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