Mystery Writers of America

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Mystery Writers of America is an organization of mystery and crime writers, based in New York City.[1]

The organization was founded in 1945 by Clayton Rawson, Anthony Boucher, Lawrence Treat, and Brett Halliday.

It presents the Edgar Award, a small bust of Edgar Allan Poe, to mystery or crime writers every year. It presents the Raven Award to non-writers, who contribute to the mystery genre. The category of Best Juvenile Mystery is also part of the Edgar Award, with such notable recipients as Barbara Brooks Wallace having won the honor twice, for The Twin in the Tavern in 1994 and Sparrows in the Scullery in 1998, and Tony Abbott for his novel The Postcard, which received critical accolades in 2009.

Grand Master Award[edit]

The Grand Master Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Mystery Writers of America. It recognizes lifetime achievement and consistent quality. (The award was presented irregularly up to 1978; with the exception of 2009, 2013 and 2014, it has been given to one writer annually since then.)


Year Recipient(s) Year Recipient(s) Year Recipient(s) Year Recipient(s)
1955 Agatha Christie 1978 Daphne du Maurier
Dorothy B. Hughes
Ngaio Marsh
1994 Lawrence Block 2011 Sara Paretsky
1958 Vincent Starrett 1995 Mickey Spillane 2012 Martha Grimes
1959 Rex Stout 1996 Dick Francis 2013 Ken Follett
Margaret Maron
1961 Ellery Queen 1979 Aaron Marc Stein 1997 Ruth Rendell
1962 Erle Stanley Gardner 1980 W. R. Burnett 1998 Elizabeth Peters 2014[2] Carolyn Hart
Robert Crais
1963 John Dickson Carr 1981 Stanley Ellin 1999 P. D. James
1964 George Harmon Coxe 1982 Julian Symons 2000 Mary Higgins Clark
1966 Georges Simenon 1983 Margaret Millar 2001 Edward D. Hoch
1967 Baynard Kendrick 1984 John le Carré 2002 Robert B. Parker
1969 John Creasey 1985 Dorothy Salisbury Davis 2003 Ira Levin
1970 James M. Cain 1986 Ed McBain 2004 Joseph Wambaugh
1971 Mignon G. Eberhart 1987 Michael Gilbert 2005 Marcia Muller
1972 John D. MacDonald 1988 Phyllis A. Whitney 2006 Stuart M. Kaminsky
1973 Judson Philips
Alfred Hitchcock
1989 Hillary Waugh 2007 Stephen King
1990 Helen McCloy 2008 Bill Pronzini
1974 Ross Macdonald 1991 Tony Hillerman 2009 James Lee Burke
Sue Grafton
1975 Eric Ambler 1992 Elmore Leonard
1976 Graham Greene 1993 Donald E. Westlake 2010 Dorothy Gilman

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