ThrillerFest XIV • July 9 – 13, 2019 • Grand Hyatt • New York City

Thriller Awards

Entry guidelines and submission requirements for the 2019 Thriller Awards will be posted HERE on September 4, 2018. 

Below you’ll find the nominees and winners of the 2018 Thriller Awards (ThrillerFest XIII):


The 2018 Thriller Awards

During a gala banquet and celebration held on Saturday, July 14th, at the Grand Hyatt in New York City, the International Thriller Writers announced the winners of the 2018 Thriller Awards:

 

BEST HARDCOVER NOVEL
Dan Chaon — ILL WILL (Ballantine)
Denise Mina — THE LONG DROP (Little, Brown and Company)
B.A. Paris — THE BREAKDOWN (St. Martin’s Press)
Gin Phillips — FIERCE KINGDOM (Viking)
WINNER: Riley Sager — FINAL GIRLS (Dutton)

BEST FIRST NOVEL
Steph Broadribb — DEEP DOWN DEAD (Orenda Books)
Daniel Cole — RAGDOLL (Ecco)
Walt Gragg — THE RED LINE (Berkley)
WINNER: K. J. Howe — THE FREEDOM BROKER (Quercus)
Sheena Kamal — THE LOST ONES (William Morrow)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL NOVEL
WINNER: Christine Bell — GRIEVANCE (Lake Union)
Rachel Caine — STILLHOUSE LAKE (Thomas & Mercer)
Layton Green — THE RESURRECTOR (Layton Green)
Adrian McKinty — POLICE AT THE STATION AND THEY DON’T LOOK FRIENDLY (Seventh Street Books)
Lori Rader-Day — THE DAY I DIED (William Morrow)

BEST SHORT STORY
Lee Child — “Too Much Time” (Delacorte)
Mat Coward — “What Could Possibly Go Boing?” (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
WINNER: Zoë Z. Dean — “Charcoal and Cherry” (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
Willy Vlautin — “The Kill Switch” (Hachette)
Ben H. Winters — “Test Drive” (Hachette)

BEST E-BOOK ORIGINAL NOVEL
WINNER: Sean Black — SECOND CHANCE (Sean Black)
Jeff Gunhus — RESURRECTION AMERICA (Seven Guns Press)
Alan McDermott — TROJAN (Thomas & Mercer)
Caroline Mitchell — WITNESS (Thomas & Mercer)
Kevin Wignall — A FRAGILE THING (Thomas & Mercer)

BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL
WINNER: Gregg Hurwitz — THE RAINS (TOR Teen)
Gregg Olsen — THE BOY SHE LEFT BEHIND (Polis Books)
Sheryl Scarborough — TO CATCH A KILLER (TOR Teen)
Rysa Walker — THE DELPHI EFFECT (Skyscape)
Diana Rodriguez Wallach — PROOF OF LIES (Entangled Publishing)

Also receiving special recognition during the ThrillerFest XIII Awards Banquet:

George R.R. Martin, ThrillerMaster
In recognition of his legendary career and outstanding contributions to the thriller genre.

James Rollins, Silver Bullet Award

Robert Gussin and Patricia Gussin, Thriller Legend Award

The Board of Directors and members of the International Thriller Writers wish to congratulate all the winners and nominees of the 2018 Thriller Awards.

Special thanks to the Thriller Award judges for their hard work and dedication!

Anthony Franze
ITW Board of Directors, Vice President, Awards