From: Bludis Jack ( buildsnburns@yahoo.com)
Date: 14 Feb 2006

Shamus submissions are now open.

I thought that many of you might be interested in this. The PWA is very specific about what is eligible so before submitting or asking your editor to submit the information, please make sure it qualifies.

In previous years, awards nominees were withdrawn at the last minute because is was discovered the work was published elsewhere or elsewhen other than the year in question.

Very often a reader gets into a story or novel and realizes that it is not eligible because the lead character does not qualify even under PWA's board definition of what a PI actually his in releation to the case at hand.

Jack Bludis


Following are the categories for the Private Eye Writers of America 2006 Shamus Awards for novels and short stories CARRYING A FIRST COPYRIGHT DATE OF 2005. The awards will be presented in the fall of 2006.


The DEADLINE for submissions is MAY 1, 2006. NO extensions will be given.


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.


Please send one copy of each eligible work to ALL members of the appropriate committee, not just to the Chair. Do NOT send a book to more than one committee.


BEST HARDCOVER NOVEL: A book-length work of fiction that is NOT the author's first published novel.


BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL NOVEL: A book-length work of fiction in paperback original form that is NOT the author's first novel. Paperback reprints of novels previously published in hardcover are NOT eligible.


BEST FIRST NOVEL: A book-length work of fiction that is ALSO the author's first published novel. The intent of this category is to reward a true
"rookie of the year" rather than a published novelist in other genres who has written a private eye novel, even under a pseudonym. A true first novel whether published in hardcover or paperback original should be submitted under this category rather than either of the two above.


BEST SHORT STORY: A work of fiction of FEWER THAN 15,000 words. Stories first published in an earlier year and reprinted in a magazine or anthology in 2005 are NOT eligible.


NOT eligible for consideration are self-published works, e-books or works for which the author is not paid.


Any questions, please e-mail Ted Fitzgerald, general awards chair, at tedfitz@msn.com Mailing address: 63 Old Post Road, East Walpole, MA 02032.


 2006 SHAMUS Awards Committees


BEST HARDCOVER NOVEL David Cole, Chair 16 Cross Rd. Syracuse, N.Y. 13224

Angela Zeman 26 Beaver St. #15

New York, N.Y. 10004-2311

(Deliveries before 3:00 PM)

Michael Koryta

3730 Collins Drive North

Bloomington, IN 47404

BEST FIRST NOVEL Gay Kinman, Chair 900 S. Second St., Suite E Alhambra, CA 91801-5911

Sandra Scoppettone 124 Hickory Ave. Southold, NY 11971

Brendan DuBois 12 Juniper Ridge Rd.

 Exeter, NH 03833

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL Jim Winter, Chair 8190 Beechmont Ave. #339

Cincinnati, OH 45255

Sinclair Browning HC 1 Box 1007

13201 Singing Valley Ranch Road

Sonoita, AZ 85637


Bill Crider

1606 S. Hill St. Alvin, Tx 77511

BEST SHORT STORY Richard Helms, Chair 7026 High Oaks Dr.

Weddington, NC 28104

Gary Phillips 1309 S. Sierra Bonita Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90019

Adam McFarlane

5701 Lynwood Blvd., #305

Mound, MN 55364


2006 marks the 25th anniversary of the Private Eye Writers of America. The organization was founded in 1981 by Robert J. Randisi to recognize the private eye genre. The Shamus Awards, to honor excellence in private eye fiction, were first presented in 1982.

http://www.jackbludis.com Shamus nominee for "Shadow of the Dahlia" Amazon.com / BN.com / MysteryLovesCompany.com

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