2019 International Thriller Writers (ITW) Thriller Award Nominees

Another series of award nominees for your reading consideration. You’ll see some repetition from earlier award nominations, including Jane Harper’s The Lost Man, Jennifer Hillier’s Jar of Hearts and Lou Berney’s November Road.

The ITW gives awards in these categories: Best Hardcover Novel, Best First Novel, Best Paperback Original Novel, Best Short Story, Best Young Adult Novel, Best E-Book Original Novel. Winners will be announced at ThrillerFest XIV on July 13, 2019, in New York City.

ITW was formed in 2004 to elevate and promote the thriller genre. Its activities include an annual conference which includes classes for writers, consultation time with industry experts, opportunities for writers to pitch their manuscripts to agents, publishers and editors, and an awards program. In addition, thriller fans have the opportunity to meet their favorite writers, listen to panel discussions and interviews and get books autographed.

This year’s nominees are as follows.

Best Hardcover Novel

  • Lou Berney, November Road (William Morrow)
  • Julia Heaberlin, Paper Ghosts (Ballantine Books)
  • Jennifer Hillier, Jar of Hearts (Minotaur Books)
  • Karin Slaughter, Pieces of Her (William Morrow)
  • Paul Tremblay, The Cabin at The End of the World (William Morrow)

Best First Novel

  • Jack Carr, The Terminal List (Atria/Emily Bestler Books)
  • Karen Cleveland, Need to Know (Ballantine Books)
  • Ellison Cooper, Caged (Minotaur Books)
  • Catherine Steadman, Something in the Water (Ballantine Books)
  • C. J. Tudor, The Chalk Man (Crown)

Best Paperback Original Novel

  • Jane Harper, The Lost Man (Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • John Marrs, The Good Samaritan (Thomas & Mercer)
  • Andrew Mayne, The Naturalist (Thomas & Mercer)
  • Kirk Russell, Gone Dark (Thomas & Mercer)
  • Carter Wilson, Mister Tender’s Girl (Sourcebooks Landmark)

Best Short Story

  • Jeffery Deaver, “The Victims’ Club” (Amazon Original Stories)
  • Emily Devenport, “10,432 Serial Killers (In Hell)” (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine)
  • Scott Loring Sanders, “Window to the Soul” (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
  • Helen Smith, “Nana” in Killer Women: Crime Club Anthology #2 (Killer Women Ltd.)
  • Duane Swierczynskim “Tough Guy Ballet” in For the Sake of the Game: Stories Inspired By the Sherlock Holmes Canon (Pegasus Books)

Best Young Adult Novel

  • Teri Bailey Black, Girl At The Grave (Tor Teen)
  • Gillian French, The Lies They Tell (Harperteen)
  • Marie Lu, Warcross (Penguin Young Readers)
  • Dana Mele, People Like Us (Penguin Young Readers)
  • Peter Stone, The Perfect Candidate (Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers)

Best E-Book Original Novel

  • Clare Chase, Murder on the Marshes (Bookouture)
  • Gary Grossman, Executive Force (Diversion Books)
  • Samantha Hayes, The Reunion (Bookouture)
  • T.S. Nichols, The Memory Detective (Alibi)
  • Alan Orloff, Pray for the Innocent (Kindle Press)


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