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The Shamus Awards
The Private Eye Writers of America

SUBMISSIONS FOR 2020 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 2019.  The awards will be presented in the fall of 2020.

DEADLINE
Submissions must be postmarked by March 31, 2020.
No extensions can be given.
Shamus Committees will forward their final lists
to the Shamus Awards Chair by May 31, 2020.

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 2019 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 2019 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 2019 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 2019, are NOT eligible.


2020 SHAMUS AWARDS COMMITTEE

BEST HARDCOVER P.I. NOVEL COMMITTEE
Chair: John Wessel, 9506 Park Manor Lane, Unit 302, Blue Ash  OH 45242
John Hegenberger, 6487 Ethan Dr., Reynoldsburg  OH 43068
Mary Keliikoa, 21000 NW 67th Avenue, Ridgefield WA 98642

BEST FIRST P.I. NOVEL COMMITTEE
Chair: Stephen Rogers, POB 286, Buzzards Bay  MA 02532
Michael Pool, 950 Carr St., Lakewood  CO 90214
Virginia Welker, 40617 Stetson Ave., Hemet  CA 92544

BEST ORIGINAL PAPERBACK P.I. NOVEL
Chair: Matt Coyle, 3939 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego  CA 92117
Michael Bracken, 1213 South Haven, Hewitt TX 76643
Kristen Lepionka, 73 East Granville Road, Worthington  OH 43085

BEST P.I. SHORT STORY COMMITTEE
Chair: Colleen Collins, 2255 Sheridan Blvd., Unit C #293, Edgewater  CO
80214
Matt Goldman, 6333 Warren Ave S, Edina MN 55349
Alan Orloff, 11906 Paradise Lane, Herndon  VA 20171

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