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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.

SUBMISSIONS FOR 2019 SHAMUS AWARDS

The guidelines for the 2019 Shamus Awards, for private eye novels and short stories first published in the United States in 2018, have just been released. The awards will be presented in the fall of 2019. The complete list of submission guidelines can be viewed here.

2018 SHAMUS WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The finalists for the 2018 Shamus Awards, for works published in 2017, were announced at the PWA Banquet on September 7th, at the 2018 Bouchercon in St. Petersburg. The full list of finalists can be viewed here.

PWA EXECUTIVE ANNOUNCED

The 2018-19 executive of the Private Eye Writers of America has been announced. Joe Abramo will be accepting the duties of President, while Michael Sears will be serving as Vice-President.

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