Arthur Ellis Awards

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The Arthur Ellis Awards are a group of Canadian literary awards, presented annually by the Crime Writers of Canada for the best Canadian crime and mystery writing published in the previous year. The award is presented at a gala dinner in the year following publication.

The awards are named for Arthur Ellis, the pseudonym of Canada's official hangman. The award statue itself is wooden model of a hanging man. The arms and legs move when the statue's string is pulled.

Best Novel[edit]


Best First Novel[edit]

Best Novella[edit]

  • 2013 - Lou Allin, Contingency Plan[30]
  • 2014 - Melodie Campbell, The Goddaughter's Revenge[31]
  • 2015 - Jas R. Petrin, A Knock on the Door[32]
  • 2016 - Jeremy Bates, Black Canyon[33]
  • 2017 - Rick Blechta, Rundown[34]
  • 2018 - Mike Culpepper, How Lon Pruitt Was Found Murdered in an Open Field with No Footprints Around[35]
  • 2019 - John Lawrence Reynolds, Murder Among the Pines[36]
  • 2020 - Wayne Arthurson, The Red Chesterfield[37]

Best Crime Book in French[edit]

  • 2000 - Lionel Noël, Louna[17]
  • 2001 - Norbert Spehner, Le roman policier en Amérique française[18]
  • 2002 - Anne-Michèle Lévesque, Fleur invitait au troisième[19]
  • 2003 - Jacques Côté, Le rouge ideal[20]
  • 2004 - Jean Lemieux, On finit toujours par payer[21]
  • 2005 - Ann Lamontagne, Les douze pierres[22]
  • 2006 - Gérard Galarneau, Motel Riviera[23]
  • 2007 - No award given[24]
  • 2008 - Mario Bolduc, Tsiganes[25]
  • 2009 - Jacques Côté, Le Chemin des brumes[26]
  • 2010 - Jean Lemieux, Le mort du chemin des Arsene[27]
  • 2011 - Jacques Côté, Dans le quartier des agités[28]
  • 2012 - Martin Michaud, La chorale du diable[29]
  • 2013 - Mario Bolduc, La Nuit des albinos: Sur les traces de Max O'Brien[30]
  • 2014 - Maureen Martineau, L’enfant promis[31]
  • 2015 - Andrée A. Michaud, Bondrée[32]
  • 2016 - Luc Chartrand, L'Affaire Myosotis[33]
  • 2017 - Marie-Ève Bourassa, Red Light: Adieu, Mignonne[34]
  • 2018 - Marie Saur, Les Tricoteuses[35]
  • 2019 - Hervé Gagnon, Adolphus - Une enquête de Joseph Laflamme[36]
  • 2020 - Andrée A. Michaud, Tempêtes[37]

Best Juvenile or Young Adult Crime Book[edit]

Best Crime Nonfiction[edit]

Best Crime Short Story[edit]

  • 1988 - Eric Wright, "Looking for an Honest Man", in Cold Blood: Murder in Canada[5]
  • 1989 - Jas. R. Petrin, "Killer in the House", in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, December 1988[6]
  • 1990 - Josef Skvorecky, "Humbug", in The End of Lieutenant Boruvka[7]
  • 1991 - Peter Robinson, "Innocence", in Cold Blood III[8]
  • 1992 - Eric Wright, "Two in the Bush", in Christmas Stalkings[9]
  • 1993 - Nancy Kilpatrick, "Mantrap", in Murder, Mayhem, and the Macabre[10]
  • 1994 - Robert J. Sawyer, "Just Like Old Times", in On Spec, Summer 1993[38]
  • 1995 - Rosemary Aubert, "The Midnight Boat to Palermo", in Cold Blood IV[12]
  • 1996 - Mary Jane Maffini, "Cotton Armour", in Ladies Killing Circle[13]
  • 1997 - Richard K. Bercuson, "Dead Run", in Storyteller, Winter 1996-97
  • 1998 - Sue Pike, "Widow's Weeds", in Cottage Country Killers[15]
  • 1999 - Scott Mackay, "Last Inning", in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, February 1998[16]
  • 2000 - Matt Hughes, "One More Kill", in Blue Murder Magazine, December 1999[17]
  • 2001 - Peter Robinson, "Murder in Utopia", in Crime Through Time III[18]
  • 2002 - Mary Jane Maffini, "Sign of the Times", in Fit to Die[19]
  • 2003 - James Powell, "Bottom Walker", in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, May 2002[20]
  • 2004 - Gregory Ward, "Dead Wood", in Hard Boiled Love[21]
  • 2005 - Leslie Watts, "Crocodile Tears", in Revenge: A Noir Anthology[22]
  • 2006 - Rick Mofina, "Lightning Rider", in Murder in Vegas[23]
  • 2007 - Dennis Richard Murphy, "Fuzzy Wuzzy", in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, August 2006[24]
  • 2008 - Leslie Watts, "Turners", in Kingston Whig-Standard, July 7, 2007[25]
  • 2009 - Pasha Malla, "Filmsong", in Toronto Noir[26]
  • 2010 - Dennis Richard Murphy, "Prisoner in Paradise", in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine[27]
  • 2011 - Mary Jane Maffini, "So Much in Common", in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine[28]
  • 2012 - Catherine Astolfo, "What Kelly Did"[29]
  • 2013 - Yasuko Thanh, "Spring-blade Knife" in Floating Like The Dead[30]
  • 2014 - Twist Phelan, "Footprints in Water"[31]
  • 2015 - Margaret Atwood, "Stone Mattress"[32]
  • 2016 - Jeremy Bates, "Black Canyon"[33]
  • 2017 - Susan Daly, "A Death at the Parsonage"[34]
  • 2018 - Catherine Astolfo, "The Outlier"[35]
  • 2019 - Linda L. Richards, "Terminal City"[36]
  • 2020 - Peter Sellers, "Closing Doors"[37]

Best Unpublished First Novel - "Unhanged Arthur"[edit]

First awarded in 2007 as part of the CWC mandate to recognize and promote the careers of promising new crime writers.

  • 2007 - Phyllis Smallman, "Margarita Nights"[24]
  • 2008 - D.J. McIntosh, "The Witch of Babylon"[25]
  • 2009 - Douglas A. Moles, "Louder"[26]
  • 2010 - Gloria Ferris, "The Corpse Flower"[27]
  • 2011 - John Jeneroux, "Better Off Dead"[28]
  • 2012 - Sam Wiebe, "Last of the Independents"[29]
  • 2013 - Coleen Steele, "Sins Revisited"[30]
  • 2014 - Rachel Greenaway, "Cold Girl"[31]
  • 2015 - Elle Wilde, "Strange Things Done"[32]
  • 2016 - Jayne Barnard, "When the Flood Falls"[33]
  • 2017 - S. J. Jennings, "The Golkonda Project"[34]
  • 2018 - Dianne Scott, "Destruction in Paradise"[35]
  • 2019 - Liv McFarlane, "The Scarlet Cross"[36]
  • 2020 - Liz Rachel Walker, "The Dieppe Letters"[37]

Derrick Murdoch Award[edit]

This is a special achievement award for contributions to the genre of crime and mystery writing, awarded at the discretion of the president of the Crime Writers of Canada. When first presented in 1984, it was known as the Chairman's Award; it was later renamed in honour of its first recipient, Derrick Murdoch. Since 2013, it has only been presented in years when the new biennial Grand Master Award, listed below, is not presented.

Grand Master Award[edit]

The Grand Master Award is presented every two years as a lifetime achievement award, to a crime writer with a distinguished and successful national and international career.

Best Genre Criticism/Reference[edit]

The award for Best Genre Criticism or Reference has only been presented twice.

  • 1991 - Donald A. Redmond, Sherlock Holmes Among the Pirates[8]
  • 1992 - Wesley A. Wark, Spy Fiction, Spy Films and Real Intelligence[44]

Best Play[edit]

The award for Best Play has only been presented once.

References[edit]

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  35. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Deborah Dundas, "Robinson and Barclay snag coveted crime-writing awards: The Arthur Ellis Awards include bragging rights and a macabre statue". Toronto Star, May 27, 2018.
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  37. ^ a b c d e f g h i Debra Yeo, "Climate change novel ‘Greenwood’ wins Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel". Toronto Star, May 25, 2020.
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  42. ^ Mark Medley, "Finalists announced for Arthur Ellis Awards". The Globe and Mail, April 21, 2017.
  43. ^ Deborah Dundas, "Sarah Weinman, Anne Emery, Linwood Barclay among winners of coveted Arthur Ellis Awards". Toronto Star, May 24, 2019.
  44. ^ "Best murder mystery". Financial Post, June 8, 1992.

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