The Edgar® Awards – Guidelines and Entry Forms
Entry Procedure and Forms
Please read category information for complete information.
With the exception of the Robert L. Fish, the Sue Grafton Memorial Award, the Mary Higgins Clark and the Lilian Jackson Braun awards, a work may be submitted to only one Edgar® committee. It is the responsibility of the publisher or producer to submit works to the appropriate committee. MWA will disqualify a work from consideration if it is entered in the wrong category. One copy of each eligible work must be sent to each member of the proper committee along with a copy of the submission form. Contact the MWA National Headquarters for a list of the judges’ names and addresses. Do NOT include reviews or other promotional materials along with your entry. Do NOT contact the judges regarding this or any other submission (beyond sending the books). Contacting the judges directly might make this submission ineligible for consideration. Send the entry form if you do not use the online form (links to online forms below) to: Mystery Writers of America, 1140 Broadway, Suite 1507 New York NY 10001. A completed entry form is required for submission.
All works submitted for consideration must meet the requirements for Active Status membership as described in the membership guidelines. At this time, self-published work is not eligible for Edgar Award consideration.
While the author does not need to be a member of MWA, the work itself must make the author eligible for active status. Only works from a publisher on our approved list are eligible to be submitted. Short stories must have paid the author a minimum of $25 to be eligible. Publisher guidelines will be found here: https://mysterywriters.org/how-to-become-a-member-of-mwa/approved-publishers-guidelines/
In addition, all publishers submitting work must be on MWA’s approved publisher list or otherwise qualify to be added to that list. If the publisher does qualify to be added to the list, they must contact the MWA national office to begin the vetting process. All requests must be approved by the national board before the final submission deadline. See the Membership: Active Status section for the details.
Almost all of our judges will accept books/stories in digital format. Their email addresses are noted on the Judges’ mailing list. If you are willing to submit in the requested format, please do so. However, you MUST follow these instructions: use the online submission form, and email it to each judge along with digital file of the book/story. There can be NO expiration date associated with the files. Just as you would be giving them the hardcover or paperback, you are giving them the e-book without any restrictions. In addition, please make sure the file name is the book title, not a string of numbers. You may NOT send the judge to either Amazon, iBooks, NetGalley or Edelweiss and all digital files MUST be sent to judges “clean,” i.e. with no sales/promotion/quotes material attached. A few judges will accept PDF files -– check with the national office or committee chair before you send them. The pdf may not have any watermarks, be password protected or fixed at a tiny font -– it needs to be readable. And, only the “final” book may be submitted – no advance reading copies or galleys.
For Galleys/ARCs – absolutely NO watermarks on the pages -– it makes it almost impossible to read.
For short stories, if you are submitting an anthology/magazine, you must email the table of contents to the national office and mark if there are stories that are either not eligible or are eligible for the Robert Fish award.
Works should be submitted by the publisher, but may also be submitted by the author. There is no entry fee, and no limit to the number of entries from a publisher or an individual author.
Deadlines We suggest that work be submitted on the following schedule to assist the judging committee. Meeting these deadlines is not a requirement for eligibility; however, it will greatly aid the judging process.
Books must be submitted during the month of publication. There is no benefit to waiting until the end of the year -– if anything that may be a hindrance to the book being fairly judged. In addition, the book MUST arrive to the judges within 30 days of sending the submission form to the national office. Please do NOT fill out the submission form until the book is ready to be sent to the judges.
WORKS PUBLISHED/RELEASED SUBMIT BY
January – March 2023 April 28, 2023
April 2023 May 31, 2023
May 2023 June 30, 2023
June 2023 July 31, 2023
July 2023 August 31, 2023
August 2023 September 29, 2023
September 2023 October 31, 2023
October – December 31, 2023 December 6, 2023
PLEASE NOTE: Only works with a November or December release date may be submitted to judges in galley/ARC form. All works MUST be received by the judges by December 6, 2023. Works received after that date will not be considered for an Edgar award. Absolutely no exceptions.
Nominations are usually announced in the middle of January (on or near Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday) of the following year and the winners are announced at the annual Edgar® Awards Banquet, which takes place in New York City in late April or early May each year.