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The Edgar Allan Poe Awards, popularly called the Edgars, are presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America[1] which is based in New York City.[2] Named after American writer Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849), a pioneer in the genre, the awards honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television, film, and theater published or produced in the previous year.

Active author categories[edit]

Robert L. Fish Memorial Award[edit]

The Robert L. Fish Memorial Award was established in 1984 to honor the best first mystery short story by an American author. The winners are listed below.

Robert L. Fish Memorial Award winners
Year Author Title Publication Ref.
2008 Mark Ammons "The Catch" Still Waters [3]
2009 Joseph Guglielmelli "Buckner's Error" Queens Noir [4]
2010 Dan Warthman "A Dreadful Day" Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine [5]
2012 David Ingram "A Good Man of Business" Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine [6]
2013 Patricia Smith "When They Are Done With Us" Staten Island Noir [7]
2014 Jeff Soloway "The Wentworth Letter" Criminal Element's Malfeasance Occasional [8]
2015 Zoe Z. Bell "Getaway Girl" Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine [9][10]
2016 Russell W. Johnson "Chung Ling Soo's Greatest Trick" Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine [11][12]
2017 E. Gabriel Flores "The Truth of the Moment" Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine [13]
2018 Lisa D. Gray "The Queen of Secrets" [14]
2019 Nancy Novick "How Does He Die This Time?" [15]
2020 Derrick Harriell "There’s a Riot Goin' On" Milwaukee Noir [16]
2021 Colette Bancroft "The Bite" Tampa Bay Noir [17]
2022 Rob Osler "Analogue" Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine [18]
2023 Mark Harrison "Dogs in the Canyon" Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine [19]
2024 Kate Hohl "The Body in Cell Two" Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, May-June 2023 [20]

Lilian Jackson Braun Award[edit]

The Lilian Jackson Braun Award was established in 2022 to honor Lilian Jackson Braun and is presented in the "best full-length, contemporary cozy mystery as submitted to and selected by a special MWA committee."[21][22]

Lilian Jackson Braun Award winners
Year Author Title Ref.
2023 Tamara Berry Buried in a Good Book [19]
2024 Danielle Arceneaux Glory Be [20]

G. P. Putnam's Sons Sue Grafton Memorial Award[edit]

The G. P. Putnam's Sons Sue Grafton Memorial Award was established in 2019 to honor Sue Grafton and is presented to "the best novel in a series featuring a female protagonist."[23] The winners are listed below.

Grand Master Award[edit]

The Edgar Allan Poe Grand Master Award was established in 1955. The award "acknowledges important contributions to the genre as well as for a body of work that is both significant and of consistent high quality."[24]

The Grand Master Award winners follow:[25]

Raven Award[edit]

The Raven Award was established in 1953 to honor "outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside of the realm of creative writing."[26]

Ellery Queen Award[edit]

The Ellery Queen Award was established in 1983 "to honor outstanding writing teams and outstanding people in the mystery-publishing industry."[26] The winners are listed below.

Year Author Information Ref.
2010 Barbara Peters and Robert Rosenwald Poisoned Pen Press [27]
2012 Joe Meyers Connecticut Post/Hearst Media News Group [6][28]
2013 Akashic Books American book publisher [7]
2015 Charles Ardai Co-founder of Hard Case Crime [9][29][10]
2016 Janet Rudolph [11][12]
2017 Neil Nyren Executive VP, associate publisher, and editor in chief of G.P. Putnam's Sons [13][30]
2019 Linda Landrigan Editor of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine [31]
2021 Reagan Arthur [17]
2022 Juliet Grames Soho Press – Soho Crime [18]
2023 The Strand Magazine [19]
2024 Michaela Hamilton Kensington Books [20]

Simon & Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Award[edit]

The Simon & Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Award was established in 2001.

Active story categories[edit]

Fact Crime[edit]

The Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Fact Crime was established in 1948.

Critical/Biographical Work[edit]

The Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Critical/Biographical Work was established in 1977.

Novel[edit]

The Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel was established in 1954.

Paperback or eBook Original[edit]

The Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Paperback Original was established in 1970.

First Novel[edit]

The Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel was established in 1946.

Young Adult Novel[edit]

The Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Novel was established in 1989.

Juvenile[edit]

The Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Juvenile was established in 1961.

Short Story[edit]

The Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Short Story was established in 1951.

Episode in a Television Series[edit]

The Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Episode in a TV Series was established in 1952.

Discontinued categories[edit]

Book Jacket[edit]

The Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Book Jacket was established in 1955 and discontinued in 1975.

Foreign Film[edit]

The Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Foreign Film was established in 1949 and discontinued in 1966.

Motion Picture Screenplay[edit]

The Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay was established in 1946 and discontinued in 2009.

Mystery Criticism[edit]

The Edgar Allan Poe Award for Outstanding Mystery Criticism was established in 1946 and discontinued in 1967.

Play[edit]

The Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Play was established in 1950 and is irregular.

Radio Drama[edit]

The Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Radio Drama was established in 1946 and discontinued in 1960.

Special Award[edit]

The Edgar Allan Poe Special Award was established in 1949 and is irregular.

Television Feature or Miniseries[edit]

The Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Television Feature of Miniseries was established in 1972 and discontinued in 2007.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Neimeyer, Mark. "Poe and Popular Culture", collected in The Cambridge Companion to Edgar Allan Poe. Cambridge University Press, 2002. ISBN 0-521-79727-6. p. 206.
  2. ^ "Contact the National Office of Mystery Writers of America". Archived from the original on 2018-04-27. Retrieved 2013-04-21.
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  5. ^ "Awards: Edgars; Triangle; Campiello Europe". Shelf Awareness. 2010-04-30. Archived from the original on 2022-12-10. Retrieved 2022-09-15.
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  7. ^ a b "2013 Nominees and Winners". Edgar Awards. Archived from the original on 2013-11-02.
  8. ^ "2014 Nominees and Winners". Edgar Awards. Archived from the original on 2014-11-10.
  9. ^ a b "2015 Nominees and Winners". Edgar Awards. Archived from the original on 2015-11-08.
  10. ^ a b "Awards: Edgar Winners; Ridenhour Book". Shelf Awareness. May 1, 2015. Archived from the original on 2022-09-21. Retrieved 2022-12-10.
  11. ^ a b "2016 Nominees and Winners". Edgar Awards. Archived from the original on 2016-11-05.
  12. ^ a b "Awards: Edgar Winners". Shelf Awareness. May 2, 2016. Archived from the original on 2022-09-15. Retrieved 2022-12-11.
  13. ^ a b "2017 Nominees and Winners". Edgar Awards. Archived from the original on 2017-11-07.
  14. ^ "2018 Nominees and Winners". Edgar Awards. Archived from the original on 2018-11-10.
  15. ^ "2019 Nominees and Winners". Edgar Awards. Archived from the original on 2019-08-18.
  16. ^ "Edgar Allan Poe Awards 2020 winners announced". Books+Publishing. 2020-05-05. Archived from the original on 2020-05-06. Retrieved 2020-05-05.
  17. ^ a b "2021 Edgar Allan Poe Award Winners". Mystery Writers of America. Archived from the original on 2021-04-29. Retrieved 2021-05-09.
  18. ^ a b "2022 Edgar Allan Poe Award Winners". Mystery Writers of America. 2022-04-28. Archived from the original on 2024-05-06. Retrieved 2023-05-01.
  19. ^ a b c "MWA Announces 2023 Edgar Award Winners". Mystery Writers of America. 2023-04-24. Archived from the original on 2023-05-01. Retrieved 2023-05-01.
  20. ^ a b c "2024 Edgar Winners" (PDF). Edgar Awards. May 4, 2024. Archived (PDF) from the original on May 2, 2024. Retrieved May 4, 2024.
  21. ^ "MWA Announces the Lilian Jackson Braun Award". Mystery Writers of America. 2022-06-16. Archived from the original on 2022-12-30. Retrieved 30 December 2022.
  22. ^ "Edgar Award Category Information". Mystery Writers of America. Archived from the original on 2022-12-14. Retrieved 2022-12-15.
  23. ^ "G.P. Putnam's Sons Launches Sue Grafton Memorial Award". Publishers Weekly. February 21, 2019. Archived from the original on February 2, 2022. Retrieved February 2, 2022.
  24. ^ "Awards: MWA Grand Master, Raven Winners". Shelf Awareness. November 24, 2020. Archived from the original on 2022-12-10. Retrieved 2022-12-10.
  25. ^ "Edgars Award". Stop, You're Killing Me!. Retrieved 2024-05-07.
  26. ^ a b ""Major Mystery Prizes and Awards" (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)". Archived from the original on 2022-06-17. Retrieved 2021-09-06.
  27. ^ "Awards: MWA's Grand Master, Raven and Ellery Queen Honors". Shelf Awareness. December 10, 2009. Archived from the original on 2022-12-11. Retrieved 2022-12-11.
  28. ^ "Awards: MWA Honors; Royal Society Science Book". Shelf Awareness. 2011-11-22. Archived from the original on 2022-12-15. Retrieved 2022-12-15.
  29. ^ "Awards: MWA's Grand Master, Raven, Ellery Queen". Shelf Awareness. December 15, 2014. Archived from the original on 2022-12-10. Retrieved 2022-12-10.
  30. ^ "Awards: MWA Grand Masters, Raven & Ellery Queen". Shelf Awareness. November 30, 2016. Archived from the original on 2022-12-10. Retrieved 2022-12-10.
  31. ^ "Awards: MWA Special Edgars". Shelf Awareness. November 28, 2018. Archived from the original on 2022-12-10. Retrieved 2022-12-10.

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