About

arthur-200The Arthur Ellis Awards

for Excellence in

Canadian Crime Writing

Submissions open September 1, 2016.

Unhanged Arthur submissions must be postmarked or courier dated October 15, 2016.

Published submissions must be postmarked or courier dated December 15, 2016.

Shortlist Events - Thursday 20 April, 2017

Awards Banquet - Thursday 25 May, 2017

The Arthur Ellis Awards, established in 1984 and named after the nom de travail of Canada's official hangman, are awarded annually by the CWC in the following categories.

For published works released in 2016:

  • Best Crime Novel
  • Best First Crime Novel sponsored by Rakuten Kobo with a $1000 prize
  • The Lou Allin Memorial Best Crime Novella with a $250 prize
  • Best Crime Short Story
  • Best French Crime Book (Fiction and Nonfiction)
  • Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book (Fiction and Nonfiction)
  • Best Nonfiction Crime Book

For unpublished novels:

  • The Unhanged Arthur Award for Best Unpublished Crime Manuscript sponsored by Dundurn Press with a $500 prize

The Arthur Ellis Awards are for CRIME WRITING, and are not restricted to mystery writing. Crime-writing encompasses far more than the traditional whodunit. The crime genre includes crime, detective, espionage, mystery, suspense, and thriller writing, as well as fictional or factual accounts of criminal doings and crime-themed literary works. If you are not certain that your submission qualifies as a crime book or story, please contact us at

The Arthur Ellis Awards are open to permanent residents of Canada, or by Canadian citizens living abroad.

For Submission Rules and Entry Forms click here.

 

Crime Writers of Canada would like to thank our award sponsors.

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Crime Writers of Canada would also like to thank everyone in the Canadian publishing community

for making the Arthur Ellis Awards such a success through the years.