This award, which includes a $1000 cash prize as well as a stunning trophy, will be awarded annually at the Bloody Words Mystery Conference. The award will be presented next year at Bloody Words XIII (June 6–8, 2014) in Toronto.
The award is open to any Canadian citizen or permanent resident and is for full-length (at least 60,000 words) mysteries (print or e-book) published in the previous year. The 2014 award is for books published between January 1 and December 31, 2013. Books may be submitted by the publisher or the author. No YA or noir, please.
You do not have to be registered for Bloody Words to enter this contest.
What is a “light mystery”?
“Light mysteries” cover anything from laugh-out-loud books to gentle humour to good old-fashioned stories with little violence or gore.
Send four (4) hard copies of the book(s) by December 13, 2013, with the contest entry form to:
1 Rean Drive, Suite 2602
Toronto ON M2K 3C1
You may start submitting books now. In terms of the submission deadline, we go by the postmark or equivalent on the package. If you do not expect the book back from the printer by December 13, 2013, you may send us four copies of the ARC.
Note: If you are sending the book(s) from outside Canada, make sure the customs declaration states NCV (no commercial value) or $0 for the dollar value.
If your book is an e-book, contact us about submitting it electronically. Please be aware, however, that based on the judges’ preferences, we may require print copies of e-books.
Shortlist and award announcements
The shortlist for the 2014 award will be announced on March 26, 2014. The award will be presented at the Bloody Words XIII banquet on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency on King hotel in Toronto.
For more information
Send us email.
Chair, Bloody Words Light Mystery Award 2014
You can also download the Bony Blithe submission rules for 2014.
Congratulations to Elizabeth J. Duncan! Her novel A Small Hill to Die On (Minotaur) won the 2013 Bony Blithe.