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The Private Eye Writers of America

The Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) is an organization devoted to Private Eye fiction.

A Private Eye is defined as a private citizen (not a member of the military, federal agency, or civic or state police force) who is paid to investigate crimes. A Private Investigator can be a traditional private eye, a TV or newspaper reporter, an insurance investigator, an employee of an investigative service or agency (think Pinkertons), or similar character.

Membership is open to fans, writers, and publishing professionals. There are three levels of membership: Active, Associate, and International.

The PWA was founded in 1981 by Robert J. Randisi, who also created the Shamus Awards.

Bill Pronzini served as the organization's first president, with Robert as its first Vice-President. The aim of the organization is to support and further the private eye genre.

One of our original goals was to elevate the P.I. story from a sub-genre of the mystery to a genre of its own, and we feel we have been successful in that.

Our continued goal is to make sure the genre continues to prosper and grow.

2016 SHAMUS AWARD FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

The finalists for the Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Awards for 2016 for private eye novels and short stories first published in the United States in 2015 can be found here. The awards will be announced at the PWA Banquet in the fall of 2016 at the Bouchercon in New Orleans.

2016 SHAMUS AWARD BANQUET DETAILS RELEASED

The details on the upcoming Shamus Awards Banquet are available here.

2015 SHAMUS WINNERS

They're here! Some old friends, some new ones and some surprises. The winners were announced at the PWA Banquet at the Bouchercon in Raleigh in October 2015. Click here to check out the complete list of finalists.

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