"Unhanged" submissions must be postmarked or courier-dated no later than October 15, 2012
Definition of a crime novel
"Crime novel" is defined as crime, detective, espionage, mystery, suspense, or thriller, and can be set in any time period and crime-related sub-genre.
The contest is open to all writers who fulfill the following eligibility requirements:
You are welcome to submit the same manuscript in subsequent years, provided that you were not shortlisted for Unhanged Arthur Award and that criteria 1 to 3 are still met.If you are uncertain whether your manuscript is eligible, contact us at:
The decision of Crime Writers of Canada as to whether a manuscript is eligible for the Unhanged Arthur Award is binding.
Entrants should submit:
Manuscripts and synopses must be in English, typed double-spaced on 8.5" x 11" paper or A4 paper using 12-point Times New Roman or Courier, with 1 inch margins, and unbound.Each page of the manuscript must have a header in the upper left-hand corner, containing the title of the manuscript. Do not include your name in the header because the judges will be judging blind. Make sure that each page is numbered. Do not include your name on the synopsis, just have the title of the book.Each submission must be accompanied by a completed entry form and an entry fee of $25.00. Only cheques or postal money orders, in Canadian funds, made out to Crime Writers of Canada can be accepted. If you cannot provide Canadian funds, please contact
Entries must be postmarked or courier dated by the closing date of October 15, 2012.The judges will come up with a long list from the initial submissions. These authors will be notified by January 15, 2013, and asked to submit three (3) copies of their complete manuscript. The judging is still blind at this point, so please only put your name on the cover letter.
Do not advertise that you have made the long list, or publish excerpts from your manuscript, until the shortlist is announced. If you do, you may be disqualified.The semi-finalists will also be asked to provide a 100-word book blurb, a 50-word bio and an author photo via email. If the author doesn't have email, these items can be sent with the manuscripts.The Unhanged Arthur shortlist, along with the other Arthur Ellis Awards shortlists, will be announced in April at the Arthur Ellis Shortlist Events across Canada.The winner will be announced at the CWC Arthur Ellis Awards Ceremony. All shortlisted authors will be sent details about both events.The winner will receive a special Arthur Ellis Award as well as a cash prize from Dundurn. However, if there is no clear winner, none will be declared. Dundurn will have first refusal on the work. There is no commitment on Dundurn’s part to publish the winning entry, nor is the winner obligated to accept Dundurn’s offer to publish. Copyright will remain at all times with the entrant, unless and until an offer is accepted.Entries and manuscripts cannot be returned. Entries should be sent to:Crime Writers of Canada, Unhanged Arthur 4C-240 Westwood RoadGuelph, OntarioN1H 7W9Submissions must be postmarked or courier dated no later than October 15, 2012. We regret that entries postmarked after this date cannot be considered.
If you are using a courier company, the phone number is 519-826-9693. You will be emailed (or phoned if you don't have email) when your packaged has been received. For your own peace of mind, please request a delivery receipt from your courier or post office.
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