Agatha Awards are given for materials first published in the United States by a living author during the previous calendar year in hardcover, as paperback originals, or e-published by an e-publishing firm. They are awarded in five categories, Best Novel, Best First Mystery, Best Short Story, Best Non-Fiction, Best Children's/Young Adult Mystery. The Agatha Awards honor the traditional mystery—-books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie.The genre is generally characterized by mysteries that contain no explicit sex, excessive gore, or gratuitous violence; usually featuring an amateur detective, they have a confined setting and characters who know one another. Novels and stories featuring police officers and private detectives may qualify for the Agatha, but materials generally classified as “hard boiled” are not appropriate.
Named for the Oscar, Tony, and Emmy Award-winning actress Angela Lansbury (from TV’s “Murder She Wrote” series), this recently-established competition takes place as part of the International Mystery Writers Festival in Owensboro, KY, featuring many of the top names in mystery fiction and Hollywood. Most of the awards focus on plays, teleplays, and screenplays and include Best New Work, Most Promising New Writer, Outstanding Full-length Screenplay, Best Short Mystery Play, Best Short Screenplay, Best Short Story, Best Work for Young Adults, and Best Work for Children. Prizes range from $1,000 to $15,000 with no submission fees.
Presented at the annual Bouchercon Convention, they are given for the following categories: Best Novel, Best First Novel, Best Paperback Original, Best Short Story, and Special Service to the Field. Both the nominees as well as the winners are selected by the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention attendees.
Named after the nom de travail of Canada's official hangman and recognizing excellence in Canadian crime writing, awards are given in the following categories: Best Short Story, Best Non-Fiction, Best Juvenile, Best Crime Writing in French, Best First Novel, Best Novel, Best Unpublished First Crime Novel (the Unhanged Arthur).
Named after Barry Gardner, who was “arguably the best fan reviewer on the planet.” They are co-sponsored by Deadly Pleasures and Mystery News magazines. Books and short stories can be submitted by virtually anyone, but not all are read or reviewed. The categories are Best Novel, Best First Novel, Best British Novel, Best Thriller, Best Paperback, and Best Original Short Story.
Awards by Crimespree Magazine. The categories vary a bit from year to year, but they usually include Best Novel.
These awards are sponsored by the Crime Writers’ Association based in the UK, although they are not limited to British writers. The Duncan Lawrie Dagger is given to the best crime novel of the year; the Duncan Lawrie International Dagger is awarded for the best crime novel translated into English; the The CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger award is given to the best adventure/thriller novel in the vein of James Bond; the The CWA New Blood Dagger is awarded to best first novel; the The CWA Dagger in the Library is awarded to "the author of crime fiction whose work is currently giving the greatest enjoyment to readers" (authors are nominated by UK libraries and Readers' Groups and judged by a panel of librarians); and the The Debut Dagger is open to anyone who has not yet had a novel published commercially. They also give out the Cartier Diamond Dagger award for sustained excellence in the genre; the Ellis Peters Historical Award for the best historical crime novel (set in any period up to 1970) by an author of any nationality, first published in the UK in English, and the Non-Fiction Dagger, awarded every other year.
Sponsored by Deadly Ink Press, this award is named for David G. Sasher, Sr., and given to Best Mystery Novel. They also have the Ida Chittum Award for Best Young Adult/Children's Mystery Novel.
Sisters in Crime Australia sponsors this national crime writing award for the best crime novel by an Australian woman published in book form in Australia in the previous year. There are three categories to the Davitt: Best Adult Novel, Best Young Fiction Book, and the Reader's Choice award, voted by members of Sisters in Crime.
The Derringer Awards was created in 1997 by the Short Mystery Fiction Society to honor excellent in the creative art form of short mystery and crime stories. Any English-language mystery or crime short story that appeared during the pervious year in a publication which has an editor and an established procedure for submission, acceptance and rejection, is eligible.
The Dilys Award has been given annually since 1993 by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association (IMBA) to the mystery titles of the year which the member booksellers have most enjoyed selling.
All books, short stories, television shows, and films in the mystery, crime, suspense, and intrigue fields are eligible for Edgar Awards in their respective category if they were published or produced for the first time in the US during this calendar year and meet the MWA approved-publisher criteria. Awards are given for Best Novel, Best First Novel, Best Paperback Original, Best Critical/Biography, Best Fact Crime, Best Short Story, Best Children’s Mystery, Best Young Adult Mystery, Best Motion Picture Screenplay, Best Television Feature or Miniseries Teleplay, Best Television Series Episode Teleplay, Best Play, and the Mary Higgins Clark Award, for the book most closely written in the Mary Higgins Clark Tradition.
Ellen Nehr Awards
The Ellen Nehr Award was established by the American Crime Writers League to show their appreciation for mystery reviewers who demonstrate a solid knowledge of the field and give an unbiased and informed criticism of each work
The Falcon Award is given for the Best Hard-boiled Novel that was published in Japan.
Foreword Book of Year
Given by ForeWord Magazine (the only review trade journal devoted exclusively to covering books from independent houses). They have several categories including Best Mystery.
Mystery Ink's Gumshoe Awards, presented annually since 2002, are given each year to recognize the best achievements in the world of crime fiction.
The International Association of Crime Writers North American Branch awards The Hammett Prize annually for literary excellence in the field of crime-writing, as reflected in a book published in the English language in the US and/or Canada.
The Independent Publisher Book Awards go to a winner, two finalists and honorable mentions in 65 national categories (including Mystery/Suspense/Thriller) and one fiction and one non-fiction winner in 10 North American regions.
Annual awards from the Los Angeles Times include a category for Best Mystery/Thriller.
The Lambdas are awarded by the Lambda Literary Foundation for gay fiction and have several categories including Best Lesbian Mystery and Best Gay Mystery.
Presented at the annual Left Coast Crime Convention, these annual awards for Most Humorous Mystery recognize some of the more quirkier mysteries published in the preceding year.
Handed out by the annual Love is Murder conference
The Macavity Award is named for the "mystery cat" of T.S. Eliot (Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats). Each year the members of Mystery Readers International nominate and vote for their favorite mysteries in five categories, Best Mystery Novel, Best First Novel, Best Nonfiction, Best Short Story, and a new category added in 2006, the Sue Feder Macavity Award for Historical Fiction.
Given by The Crime Writers Association of Australia for Australian writers of crime fiction, they have awards for Best Fiction, Best First Fiction, and Best True Crime.
The Nero is an annual award presented to an author for literary excellence in the mystery genre. The award is presented by the Wolf Pack Forums at the Black Orchid Banquet, traditionally held on the first Saturday in December in New York City. Past winners of the award include Fred Harris, Martha Grimes, Dennis Lehane, and Sharyn McCrumb.
Although primarily for romance fiction, they have a category for Best Mystery Novel in each of the following categories: Amateur, Contemporary Mystery, First Mystery, Historical Mystery, PI/Police Procedural, and Suspense.
The Shamus Award is given by the Private Eye Writers of America to honor excellent work in the Private Eye genre. Committee members of PWA select nominees and winners, much in the same way as the Edgars are chosen.
Given annually by the Friends of Mystery (a nonprofit literary/educational organization headquartered in Portland, Oregon) for the best mystery by a Pacific Northwest author.
Sponsored by the International Thriller Writers and given at the annual Thrillerfest conference in New York City, categories include Best Novel, Best First Novel, Best Paperback Original, and Best Screenplay.
T. Jefferson Parker Award
Given by the Southern California Booksellers Association for best crime fiction novel of the past year.