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Anthony Awards
Awarded forBest in mystery fiction
Presented byBouchercon World Mystery Convention
First awarded1986

The Anthony Awards are literary awards for mystery writers presented at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention since 1986. The awards are named for Anthony Boucher (1911–1968), one of the founders of the Mystery Writers of America.[1] Among the most prestigious awards in the world of mystery writers, the Anthony Awards have helped boost the careers of many recipients.[2]


Awards are voted for by members attending the annual event and are given in the following categories:

The ceremony may also include a number of "wild card" awards.

Anthony Award winners[edit]


  • Best Novel award – Hank Phillippi Ryan, "The Murder List"
  • Best First Novel award – Tara Laskowski, "One Night Gone"
  • Best Paperback Original award – Gigi Pandian, "The Alchemist’s Illusion"
  • Best Young Adult award – Jen Conley, "Seven Ways to Get Rid of Harry"
  • Best Short Story award – Alex Segura, "The Red Zone"
  • Best Critical / Non-Fiction Work award – Mo Moulton, "The Mutual Admiration Society: How Dorothy L. Sayers and her Oxford Circle Remade the World for Women"
  • Best Anthology or Collection - Verena Rose, Rita Owen, and Shawn Reilly Simmons, editors, "Malice Domestic 14: Mystery Most Edible"


  • Best Novel award – Lou Berney, "November Road"
  • Best First Novel award – Oyinkan Braithwaite, "My Sister, the Serial Killer"
  • Best Paperback Original award – Lori Rader-Day, "Under a Dark Sky"
  • Best Short Story award – S.A. Cosby, "The Grass Beneath My Feet"
  • Best Critical / Non-Fiction Work award – Michelle McNamara, "I'll Be Gone in the Dark"


  • Best Novel award – Attica Locke, Bluebird, Bluebird
  • Best First Novel award – Kellye Garrett, Hollywood Homicide
  • Best Paperback Original award – Lori Rader-Day, The Day I Died
  • Best Short Story award – Hilary Davidson, “My Side of the Matter”
  • Best Critical / Non-Fiction Work award – David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
  • Bill Crider Award for Best Novel in a Series – Sue Grafton, Y is for Yesterday
  • Best Anthology – Gary Phillips, editor, The Obama Inheritance
  • Best Online Content – Jungle Red Writers


  • Best Novel award – Louise Penny, A Great Reckoning
  • Best First Novel award – Joe Ide, IQ
  • Best Paperback Original award – James W. Ziskin, Heart of Stone
  • Best Short Story award – Megan Abbott, Oxford Girl
  • Best Critical / Non-Fiction Work award – Ruth Franklin, Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life
  • Best Young Adult Novel – April Henry, The Girl I Used to Be
  • Best Anthology or Collection – Greg Herren, editor, Blood on the Bayou: Bouchercon Anthology 2016
  • Best Novella – B.K. Stevens – The Last Blue Glass


  • Best Novel award – Chris Holm, The Killing Kind
  • Best First Novel award – Glen Erik Hamilton, Past Crimes
  • Best Paperback Original award – Lou Berney, The Long and Faraway Gone
  • Best Critical / Non-Fiction Work award – Val McDermid, Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime
  • Best Short Story award – Megan Abbott, The Little Men
  • Best Young Adult Novel – Joelle Charbonneau, Need
  • Best Anthology or Collection – Art Taylor, editor, Murder Under the Oaks [3]






Wildcard awards:

  • Best Graphic Novel — Jason Starr, The Chill
  • Best Website / Blog — Lucinda Surber & Stan Ulrich, "Stop, You're Killing Me!"
  • Lifetime Achievement award — Sara Paretsky



Wildcard awards:

  • Best Children's / Young-adult novel — Chris Grabenstein, The Crossroads
  • Best Cover art — Peter Mendelsund, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Lifetime Achievement award — Allen J. Hubin


Wildcard awards:

  • Best Website / Blog — Lucinda Surber & Stan Ulrich, "Stop, You're Killing Me!"
  • Lifetime Achievement award — Robert Rosenwald and Barbara G. Peters


  • Best Novel award — Laura Lippman, No Good Deeds
  • Best First Novel award — Louise Penny, Still Life
  • Best Paperback Original award — Dana Cameron, Ashes and Bones
  • Best Short Story award — Simon Wood, "My Father's Secret", from Crimespree Magazine B'con 2006 Special Ed, pp 20–22
  • Best Critical / Non-Fiction Work award — Jim Huang & Austin Lugar – Mystery Muses
  • Special Service award — Jim Huang, Crum Creek Press and The Mystery Company

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  • Best Fan Publication — Jon and Ruth Jordan, Crimespree Magazine
  • Lifetime Achievement award — Robert B. Parker


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  • Best Cover art — Michael Storrings, from photograph by Josef Beck, Reflecting the Sky
  • Best Young-adult mystery — Penny Warner, The Mystery of the Haunted Caves


Wildcard awards:

  • Best Anthology / Short-story collection — Lawrence Block, Master's Choice II
  • Best Fan publication — Chris Aldrich & Lynn Kaczmarek, Mystery News
  • Lifetime Achievement award — Edward D. Hoch


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  • Best Novel award — Michael Connelly, Blood Work
  • Best First Novel award — William Kent Krueger, Iron Lake
  • Best Paperback Original award — Laura Lippman, Butchers Hill
  • Best Short Story award — Barbara D'Amato, "Of Course You Know that Chocolate Is a Vegetable", from Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine November 1998
  • Best Critical / Non-Fiction Work award — George Easter, Deadly Pleasures Magazine

Wildcard awards:

  • Lifetime Achievement award — Len & June Moffatt


  • Best Novel award — S. J. Rozan, No Colder Place
  • Best First Novel award — Lee Child, Killing Floor
  • Best Paperback Original award — Rick Riordan, Big Red Tequila
  • Best Short Story award — Jan Grape, "A Front Row Seat", from Vengeance is Hers and Edward D. Hoch, "One Bag of Coconuts", from Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine November 1997
  • Best Critical / Non-Fiction Work award — no award issued

Wildcard awards:

  • Best Cover art — Michael Kellner, Night Dogs


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Wildcard awards:

  • Best Cover art — Pamela Patrick, The Body In The Transept
  • Best Editor — Sara Ann Freed
  • Best Magazine / Digest / Review publication — The Armchair Detective
  • Best Movie — The Usual Suspects
  • Best Publisher — St. Martin's Press
  • Best Short Story collection — Marcia Muller, The McCone Files: The Complete Sharon McCone Stories
  • Best True crimeAnn Rule, Dead By Sunset: Perfect Husband, Perfect Killer?
  • Best TV show — The X-Files


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  1. ^ Langshaw, Mark (2011-09-19). "'The Chill' wins Anthony Award for 'Best Graphic Novel' - Comics News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2012-01-26.
  2. ^ New Mexico Business Weekly (2008-06-10). "UNM Press mystery writer recognized for blog site - New Mexico Business Weekly". Retrieved 2012-01-26.
  3. ^ Foster, Jordan. "Bouchercon 2016: Blood on the Bayou". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 27 September 2016.

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