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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.

THE PRIVATE EYE WRITERS OF AMERICA Invite You...

Join us for the 2018 Shamus Award Banquet in St. Petersburg this September 7th, 2018. This year's banquet will kick off at 6:30 PM on the rooftop of the Zamora Hotel, voted one of the best in St. Pete Beach.

Tickets are $60. For more information email Robert Randisi.

NEW 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.

NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS
FOR 2018 SHAMUS AWARDS

The Private Eye Writers of America is now accepting submissions for the 2018 Shamus Awards, for works first published in the U.S. in 2017.

For more information, please read the Submission Guidelines.

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