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The Shamus Awards
The Private Eye Writers of America

PRIVATE EYE WRITERS OF AMERICA ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS
FOR 2022 SHAMUS AWARDS

Following are the categories for the Private Eye Writers of America 2022 Shamus Awards for private eye novels and short stories first published in the United States in 2021.


DEADLINE

Submissions must be postmarked by March 31, 2022.
No extensions can be given.
Shamus Committees will forward their final lists
to the Shamus Awards Chair by May 31, 2022.


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 John Shepphird at johnshepphird (at) yahoo dot com  BEFORE submitting.

BEST HARDCOVER PI NOVEL

A book-length work of fiction published in hardcover in 2021 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 2021 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 2021 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 2021, are NOT eligible.


2022 SHAMUS AWARDS COMMITTEES

BEST HARDCOVER P.I. NOVEL COMMITTEE

Chair: Ted Fitzerald, 63 Old Post Rd East Walpole. MA 02032
 Mary Keliikoa, 21000 NW 67th Ave Ridgefield, WA 98642  
Terence Faherty, 8640 Vintner Way Indianapolis, IN 46256


BEST FIRST P.I. NOVEL COMMITTEE

Chair: David Housewright, 2014 North Cleveland Ave Roseville, MN 55113  
Brendan DuBois, 12 Juniper Ridge Rd Exeter, NH 03833
Dana King, 8248 Imperial Dr. Laurel, MD 20708

BEST ORIGINAL PAPERBACK P.I. NOVEL

Chair: Michael Bracken, 1213 South Haven Hewitt, TX 76643
Michael Wiley, 1905 Largo Rd Jacksonville, FL 32207
M. Ruth Myers, 247 Whitehall Dr Yellow Springs, OH 45387

BEST P.I. SHORT STORY COMMITTEE


Chair: Gary Phillips, 1625 5th Ave Los Angeles, CA 90019
Vy Kava, 17 Stannard Dr Westbrook, CT 06498  
Laura Oles, 801 Blanco River Ranch Rd, San Marcos, TX 78666

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

Further questions regarding eligibility should be addressed to our new Shamus Awards Committee Chair John Shepphird at johnshepphird (at) yahoo dot com.
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