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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.


They're here! Some old friends, some new ones and some surprises. The winners will be announced at the PWA Banquet (see below) at the Bouchercon in Raleigh in October this year, but click here to check out the complete list of finalists.


Ya'll come for some award-winning Southern aatin' but leave yer gats, hats and trenchcoats at home. This year's Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Awards Banquet will be held at Big Ed's in Raleigh, N.C. on Friday, October 9th.

But be forewarned! No booze will be served, so likker up good before and after the event, if yer so inclined. Doors open at 6:30 PM, 'n' dinner'll be served at 7 PM, with the awards presented at 8 PM.

Invitations go out the end of August with directions and all the particulars, but the event is also open to the public. Please save the date and forget your diet. You won't regret it.

For more information, email, and a rollicking good time will be had by all.

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