The EdgarsPosted: October 27, 2011
The Edgars are named after Edgar Allan Poe, and are awarded by the Mystery Writers of America. Publishers, Producers, Authors, or Agents may submit entries to the different committees, and all entries are due by Nov. 30. The item in question has to have been created within the previous year. There is no limit to the number of entries a person/entity may make. While anyone can join MWA, only active members can vote/serve on the Edgar committees. Active members must be PUBLISHED mystery/crime authors who have been PAID for their work. (Be prepared to prove it!) Self-publishing or the publishers you PAY to publish you don’t count. You have to have been published by a bona-fide publishing house. Associate, Affiliate, and Corresponding Membership is available for the rest of us, but no voting rights. Click HERE for info.
Pretty cool that they only allow peers to vote on the award.
For info about what qualifies as an acceptable publisher (which I think is a pretty good list anyway just in case you wanted to know about publishing), click HERE .
Anyway, back to the awards. There are a LOT OF CATEGORIES:
- Best novel (since 1954)
- Best first novel by an American author(since 1946)
- Best paperback original(since 1970)
- Best short story(since 1951)
- Best fact crime (since 1948)
- Best critical/biographical work (since 1977)
- Best young adult(since 1989)
- Best juvenile(since 1961)
- Best episode in a TV series(since 1952)
- Best TV feature or miniseries (since 1972)
- Best motion picture screenplay(since 1946)
- Best play(since 1950, irregular)
- Special Edgars (since 1949, irregular)
- Robert L. Fish Memorial Award (since 1984)
- Raven Award (since 1953)
- Grand Master Award (since 1955)
- Ellery Queen Award (since 1983)
- Mary Higgins Clark Award (since 2001)
- Best radio drama (1946–1960)
- Outstanding Mystery Criticism (1946–1967)
- Best foreign film (1949–1966)
- Best book jacket (1955–1975)
For a list of current nominees , click away.
For a searchable database of winners and nominees, go HERE.
Wikipedia has a pretty good list too. HERE