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The Shamus Awards
The Private Eye Writers of America

The Shamus Award was first presented in 1982 for work published in 1981. Bill Pronzini was the first winner in the Best Novel Category. In 1982 the awards were given for Best Novel and Best Paperback Novel. The Short Story award was added in 1983. In 1985 the Best First Novel category was added.


The finalists for the 2021 Shamus Awards for private eye novels and short stories first published in the United States in 2020 can be found here.


Information regarding submitting your novel or short story for consideration for the Shamus Awards can be found here. Further questions regarding eligibilty should be addressed to the Shamus Awards Commitee Chair, Gay Toltl Kinman.