ITW AWARDS ARE NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS
The International Thriller Writers is proud to debut a new literary award, aptly titled “The Thrillers.” For the first time, novels that either transcend or amplify the traditional genre into the realm of thriller will be honored and acknowledged.
(1) THE DISTINGUISHED LITERATURE AWARD
This award honors authors whose body of work in books or film has had a significant positive impact on literature over a sustained period of time. Only authors whose body of work encompasses a minimum of twenty years are eligible. Each year the ITW board will poll the membership for suggestions. The board will choose the honoree by majority vote.
(2) BEST NOVEL
This award marks the best of the best. And we have an exceptional panel of judges to choose this esteemed title:
John Saul (Chief Judge)
(3) BEST FIRST NOVEL
This award honors our debut novelists. Eligibility covers an author's first novel publication, whether under the author's name or a pseudonym. The 2005 judges are:
Elaine Flinn (Chief Judge)
F. Paul Wilson
(4) BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
Not all thrillers debut in hardcover, and the ITW wanted to acknowledge those authors working within the field of the paperback original. This year's judges are:
John Case (Chief Judge)
(5) BEST SCRIPT
This award acknowledges the thriller written for the screen or stage. Overseeing this award is a distinguished panel of novelists and experts in the film industry.
Gregg Hurwitz (Chief Judge)
The top five finalists in each category will be announced at Left Coast of Crime in Bristol England (March 16-19, 2006).
Then the winners will be announced with much fanfare at the International Festival of Thrillers (June 29-July2, 2006) at the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix, AZ.