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The Shamus Awards
The Private Eye Writers of America

SUBMISSIONS FOR 2018 SHAMUS AWARDS

Following are the submission requirements and categories for the Private Eye Writers of America 2018 Shamus Awards for private eye novels and short stories first published in the United States in 2017.

DEADLINE
Submissions must be postmarked by March 31, 2018. No extensions can be given.

Shamus Committees will forward their final list to the Shamus Awards Chair by May 31, 2018.

ELIGIBILITY
Eligible works must feature as a main character a person PAID for investigative work but NOT employed for that work by a unit of government.  These include traditionally licensed private investigators; lawyers and reporters who do their own investigations; and others who function as hired private agents.  These do NOT include law enforcement officers, other government employees or amateur, uncompensated sleuths.

Independently published books (Indies) may be submitted to the Best Original Paperback PI Novel category.

SUBMISSIONS
Please send one copy of each eligible work to ALL members of the appropriate committee, and send a copy to the Shamus Awards Chair, Gay Toltl Kinman. Do NOT submit a book to more than one committee.

There is no application fee and no submission form; as a simple cover letter will suffice. If you have any questions, please e-mail Gay Toltl Kinman at gaykinman@gaykinman.com BEFORE submitting.

BEST HARDCOVER P.I. NOVEL
A book-length work of fiction published in hardcover in 2017 that is NOT the author's first published P.I. novel.

BEST FIRST P.I. NOVEL
A book-length work of fiction, in hardcover or paperback, first published in 2017 that is the author's first published novel featuring a private investigator as a main character.

BEST ORIGINAL PAPERBACK P.I. NOVEL:
A book-length work of fiction first published as a paperback original in 2017 that is NOT the author's first P.I. novel; and paperback reprints of previously published novels are NOT eligible.

BEST P.I. SHORT STORY
A work of fiction of 20,000 words or fewer. Stories first published in an earlier year and reprinted in a magazine, anthology or collection in 2017, are NOT eligible.

2018 SHAMUS AWARDS COMMITTEE 

BEST P.I. SHORT STORY COMMITTEE

Linda Sands, Chair,
7010 Sentara Pl., Alpharetta  GA 30005

Julie Parkinson
17 WH Jones Rd., New Hill  NC 27562

Andrew Welsh-Huggins,
223 S. Roys Ave., Columbus  OH 43204

BEST FIRST P.I. NOVEL COMMITTEE

Corey Lynn Fayman, Chair,
1431 Pacific Coast Hwy Unit 206, San Diego  CA 92101

David Housewright,
2014 Cleveland Avenue North, Roseville MN 55113 

Clive Rosengren,
1052 E. Main St., Ashland  OR 97520

BEST P.I. NOVEL COMMITTEE

Billy Kring, Chair,
P.O. Box 1036, Sabinal  TX 78881

Jake Needham,
113 Prince St., Alexandria  VA 22314

Christa Selnick,
P.O. Box 56, Marion  OH 43301 

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL P.I. NOVEL

Colleen Collins, Chair,
P.O. Box 12159, Denver  CO 80212

Paul McGoran.
364 Bellevue Ave #D201, Newport RI 02840

April Kelly,
P.O. Box 8157, Lynchburg  TN 37352

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Please direct all further inquiries to Shamus Awards Chair Gay Toltl Kinman.
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