Spring Into Crime Fiction Awards News

CRIMEFEST AWARDS

The 2022 CrimeFest Awards shortlists were revealed March 15

SPECSAVERS DEBUT CRIME NOVEL AWARD

In association with headline sponsor, the Specsavers Debut Crime Novel Award is for crime novels by previously unpublished authors bring vital fresh blood to the genre.

  • Girl A by Abigail Dean (HarperCollins)
  • The Appeal by Janice Hallett, (Viper)
  • The Khan by Saima Mir,(Point Blank)
  • How to Kidnap the Rich by Rahul Raina, (Abacus/ Little, Brown Book Group)
  • One Night, New York by Lara Thompson, (Virago/Little, Brown Book Group)
  • Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden, (Simon & Schuster)

AUDIBLE SOUNDS OF CRIME AWARD

The Audible Sounds of Crime Award is for the best unabridged crime audiobook available for download from audible.co.uk, Britain’s largest provider of downloadable audiobooks.

  • Better Off Dead by Lee and Andrew Child – read by Jeff Harding (Penguin Random House Audio)
  • Girl A by Abigail Dean – read by Holliday Grainger (HarperFiction)
  • Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins – read by Rosamund Pike (Penguin Random House Audio)
  • The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell – read by Joanna Froggatt (Penguin Random House Audio)
  • Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty -read by Caroline Lee (Penguin Random House Audio)
  • The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman – read by Lesley Manville (Penguin Random House Audio)
  • The Marriage by K.L Slater – read by Lucy Price-Lewis (Audible Studios / Bookouture)
  • False Witness by Karin Slaughter – read by Kathleen Early (HarperCollins)

eDUNNIT AWARD

The eDunnit Award is for the best crime fiction eBook

  • The Turnout by Megan Abbott (Virago/ Little, Brown Book Group)
  • The Measure of Time by Gianrico Carofiglio (Bitter Lemon Press)
  • The Dark Hours by Michael Connelly (Orion Fiction)
  • Girl A by Abigail Dean (HarperCollins)
  • Running Out of Road by Cath Staincliffe (Constable/ Little, Brown Book Group)
  • The Royal Secret by Andrew Taylor (HarperCollins)

H.R.F. KEATING AWARD

The H.R.F. Keating Award is for the best biographical or critical book related to crime fiction. The award is named after H.R.F. ‘Harry’ Keating, one of Britain’s most esteemed crime novelists.

  • The Detective’s Companion in Crime Fiction: A Study in Sidekicks by Lucy Andrews (Palgrave Macmillan)
  • Devils, Lusts and Strange Desires: The Life of Patricia Highsmith by Richard Bradford Bloomsbury, Caravel)
  • Bond Behind the Iron Curtain by James Fleming (The Book Collector)
  • Patricia Highsmith: Her Diaries and Notebooks by Patricia Highsmith (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
  • Murder Isn’t Easy: The Forensics of Agatha Christie by Carla Valentine (Sphere/ Little, Brown Book Group)
  • Hank Janson Under Cover by Stephen James Walker (Telos Publishing Ltd)

LAST LAUGH AWARD

The Last Laugh Award is for the best humorous crime novel.

  • An Untidy Death by Simon Brett (Severn House)
  • Riccardino by Andrea Camilleri (Mantle)
  • Bryant & May: London Bridge is Falling Down by Christopher Fowler (Doubleday)
  • The Appeal by Janet Hallet (Viper)
  • Slough House by Mick Herron (Baskerville, John Murray Press)
  • The Rabbit Factor by Antti Tuomainen, (Orenda Books)

BEST CRIME FICTION NOVEL FOR CHILDREN

This award is for the best crime fiction novel for children (aged 8-12)

  • Noah’s Gold by Frank Cottrell-Boyce, (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  • Vi Spy: Licence to Chill by Maz Evans (Chicken House)
  • Nightshade by Anthony Horowitz, (Walker Books)
  • The Five Clues by Anthony Kessel, (Crown House Publishing)
  • Lake Evolution by Jennifer Killick Crater, (Firefly Press)
  • Twitch by M.G. Leonard,(Walker Books)
  • Wishyouwas: The Tiny Guardian of Lost Letters by Alexandra Page illustrated by Penny Neville-Lee (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
  • The Secret Detectives by Ella Risbridger (Nosy Crow)

BEST CRIME FICTION NOVEL FOR YOUNG ADULTS

This award is for the best crime fiction novel for young adults (aged 12-16).

  • Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké Íyímídé, (Usborne Publishing)
  • Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley (Rock the Boat)
  • The Girl Who … by Andreina Cordani (Atom/ Little, Brown Book Group)
  • The Outrage by William Hussey (Usborne Publishing)
  • As Good As Dead by Holly Jackson (Electric Monkey)
  • Splinters of Sunshine by Patrice Lawrence (Hodder Children’s Books)
  • The Outlaws of Scarlett & Browne by Jonathan Stroud (Walker Books)
  • The Island by C. L Taylor (HQ)

GLENCAIRN GLASS CRIME SHORT STORY COMPETITION

The prize winners of the inaugural Glencairn Glass Crime Short Story Competition were announced March 7. Glencairn Glass, a manufacturer of whiskey glasses and sponsor of the Bloody Scotland crime fiction festival, limited all story entries to 2000 words, and required them to be based on the theme “A Crystal-Clear Crime.”

WINNER 

  • Halmeoni’s Wisdom by Brid Cummings

RUNNERS UP 

  • Teardrops by Jennifer Harvey
  • Auld Brideby Judith O’Reilly

The first prize winner will receive £1000, and the two runners up will each receive £250. All three authors will also receive a set of six bespoke engraved Glencairn Glasses. The winning entry will be published in the May issue of Scottish Field Magazine (on shelf April 8). The runners’ up stories will also be published from April 11 online on Scottish Field Magazine’s website (www.scottishfield.co.uk).

You will also be able to read the winning story and the runners up stories on the Glencairn Glass website: www.whiskyglass.com from April 11.

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CAPITAL CRIME AMAZON PUBLISHING NEW VOICES AWARD

The winner of the 2021 Capital Crime Amazon Publishing New Voices Award has been announced.

  • The Black Pool by Darren Boyle 

He will receive a £1000 cash prize, a trophy, and a potential offer of publication from Thomas & Mercer, the mystery and thriller imprint of prize sponsor Amazon Publishing

The Amazon New Voices Award is open to unpublished mystery, thriller, and crime fiction manuscripts in English from writers around the world. 

The judges also gave two honorable mentions:

  • Patti Buff for The Ice Beneath Me
  • Casey King for No Time to Cry

TONY HILLERMAN PRIZE

The winner of the 2020 Tony Hillerman Prize for debut crime writers was revealed October 9. 

  • Off the Air by Christina Estes

The Hillerman Prize is awarded annually to the best debut crime fiction set in the Southwest. Estes is an Emmy award-winning reporter who lives in Phoenix, and is also a founding member of Sisters in Crime Grand Canyon Writers. Off the Air is the story of a local TV news reporter who gets the scoop of a lifetime while investigating the murder of a popular radio talk show host. But the killer is determined to keep her silent.

THE INAUGURAL GLENCAIRN GLASS CRIME SHORT STORY COMPETITION

Glencairn Glass, manufacturer of whiskey glasses and sponsor of the Bloody Scotland crime fiction festival, are launching a crime short story competition: the Glencairn Glass Crime Short Story Competition.

All story entries must be no more than 2000 words long and based on the theme ‘A Crystal-Clear Crime.’

The first prize winner will receive £1000, and two runners up will each receive £250. All three winners will also receive a set of six bespoke engraved Glencairn Glasses and the overall winning entry will be published by Scottish Field as well as on the Glencairn Glass website.

Further details about competition rules and regulations are available at www.whiskyglass.com

[Thanks to Cora Buhlert for the stories.]