Virtual ThrillerFest XV • July 6 – 14, 2020 • Now Online!

Thriller Awards

The deadline for this year’s Thriller Awards—covering books published in 2019—was November 1, 2019. The nominees are set forth below, and winners will be announced in a special presentation on Saturday, July 11, 2020 during “Virtual” ThrillerFest hosted by the International Thriller Writers Facebook page.

ITW opens submissions for next year’s awards—covering books published in 2020—in early August 2020. ITW will send members a notice when submissions are open.
The deadline for submissions will be November 1, 2020.


2020 ITW Thriller Awards Nominees

We’re thrilled to announce the finalists for the
2020 ITW Thriller Awards:

BEST HARDCOVER NOVEL

David Baldacci — ONE GOOD DEED (Grand Central Publishing)
Joe Clifford — RAG AND BONE (Oceanview Publishing)
Blake Crouch — RECURSION (Crown)
Rachel Howzell Hall — THEY ALL FALL DOWN (Forge Books)
Adrian McKinty — THE CHAIN (Mulholland Books)
Denise Mina — CONVICTION (Mulholland Books)

BEST FIRST NOVEL

Samantha Downing — MY LOVELY WIFE (Berkley)
Angie Kim — MIRACLE CREEK (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
John McMahon — THE GOOD DETECTIVE (G.P. Putnam’s Son)
Alex Michaelides — THE SILENT PATIENT (Celadon Books)
Lauren Wilkinson — AMERICAN SPY (Random House)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL NOVEL

Max Allan Collins — GIRL MOST LIKELY (Thomas & Mercer)
Alison Gaylin — NEVER LOOK BACK (William Morrow Paperbacks)
Alastair Luft — JIHADI BRIDE (Black Rose Writing)
Dervla McTiernan — THE SCHOLAR (Penguin Books)
Lisa Sandlin — THE BIRD BOYS (Cinco Puntos Press)
Kate White — SUCH A PERFECT WIFE (Harper Paperbacks)

BEST SHORT STORY

Hector Acosta — “Turistas” (Down & Out Books)
Michael Cowgill — “Call Me Chuckles” (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
Tara Laskowski — “The Long-Term Tenant” (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
Lia Matera — “Snow Job” (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
Twist Phelan — “Fathers-in-Law” (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)

BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL

Jen Conley — SEVEN WAYS TO GET RID OF HARRY (Down & Out Books)
Naomi Kritzer — CATFISHING ON CATNET (Tor Teen)
Natalie Lund — WE SPEAK IN STORMS (Philomel Books/Penguin Young Readers)
Randy Ribay — PATRON SAINTS OF NOTHING (Kokila/Penguin Young Readers))
Tom Ryan — KEEP THIS TO YOURSELF (Albert Whitman & Company)

BEST E-BOOK ORIGINAL NOVEL

Brett Battles — NIGHT MAN (Brett Battles)
Sean Black — THE DEEP ABIDING (Sean Black)
Brian Shea — MURDER BOARD (Severn River Publishing)
LynDee Walker — LEAVE NO STONE (Severn River Publishing)
Kerry Wilkinson — CLOSE TO YOU (Bookouture)

Congratulations to all the finalists!

The winners will be announced in a special presentation on Saturday, July 11, 2020 during “Virtual” ThrillerFest hosted by the International Thriller Writers Facebook page.

Anthony Franze
ITW Board of Directors, Vice President, Awards