Unhanged Arthur Ellis Award

The Unhanged Arthur Ellis Award

for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel

Sponsored by Dundurn Press

Crime Writers of Canada is pleased to announce that the first round of adjudication for this year's Unhanged Arthur Award for the best unpublished manuscript of a crime novel, sponsored by Dundurn Press, is complete. All those whose work is on the longlist have now been personally contacted by CWC. Finalists for this prize, along with finalists for all categories, will be announced at Arthur Ellis Awards Shortlist Events being hosted by Crime Writers of Canada across the nation on Thursday April 20th. Congratulations to those who have made it to the longlist. To all other entrants, thank you for your participation - we hope to see your work next year.

Entries must be postmarked or courier-dated by October 15, 2016

The first Unhanged Arthur was awarded by the Crime Writers of Canada in 2007 as part of the CWC mandate to recognize and promote the careers of promising new crime writers.

The competition is open to (1) Canadian citizens, no matter where they are living, and to writers, regardless of nationality, who have Permanent Resident status in Canada, and (2) who have never had a novel of any kind published commercially.  

Contestants must have a completed novel manuscript (50,000-110,000 words) at the time of entry.


Submission Rules for The Unhanged Arthur Award for Best Unpublished Manuscript

Entry Form for Unhanged Arthur Award

Unhanged Arthur Award Style Guide (containing formatting rules)


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