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The Shamus Awards
The Private Eye Writers of America

SUBMISSIONS FOR 2019 SHAMUS AWARDS

Following are the categories for the Private Eye Writers of America 2019 Shamus Awards for private eye novels and short stories first published in the United States in 2018.  The awards will be presented in the fall of 2019.

DEADLINE
Submissions must be postmarked by March 31, 2019.
No extensions can be given.
Shamus Committees will forward their final lists
to the Shamus Awards Chair by May 31, 2019.

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. 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 PI NOVEL
A book-length work of fiction published in hardcover in 2018 that is NOT the author's first published P.I. novel.

BEST FIRST PI NOVEL
A book-length work of fiction, in hardcover or paperback, first published in 2018 that is the author's first published novel featuring a private investigator as a main character.
 
BEST ORIGINAL PAPERBACK PI NOVEL
A book-length work of fiction first published as a paperback original in 2018 that is NOT the author's first P.I. novel. Paperback reprints of previously published novels are NOT eligible. 

BEST PI 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 2018, are NOT eligible.


2019 SHAMUS AWARDS COMMITTEE

BEST P.I. SHORT STORY COMMITTEE
Terence Faherty, Chair. 8640 Vintner Way, Indianapolis  IN 46256
John Hoda, 24 Squire Ct., Milford  CT 06460
Ken Wishnia, 21 Bridle Path Ln., Port Jefferson  NY 11777

BEST FIRST P.I. NOVEL COMMITTEE
Colleen Collins, Chair, 2255 Sheridan Blvd., Unit C #293, Edgewater  CA  80214
Dennis Palumbo, 15300 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 402, Sherman Oaks  CA 91403
Cheryl Head, 913 12th St. SE, Washington DC 20003

BEST P.I. NOVEL COMMITTEE
Thomas Donahue, Chair,  72 Gannett Road, Scituate  MA  02066
Tracy Clark, 7422 S. Constance Ave., Chicago  IL 60649
John Shepphird, 1036 4th St., Hermosa Beach  CA 90254

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL P.I. NOVEL
Brad Parks, Chair, 49 Seahorse Lane, Christchurch  VA 23031
Michael Wiley, 1905 Largo Rd., Jacksonville  FL 32207
Beth Terrell, 2919 Dunmore Dr., Nashville  TN 37214

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