Friday, March 22, 2019

The British Book Awards Shortlists: The Nibbies

The British Book Awards - affectionately known as The Nibbies - are the leading awards for the UK's leading creative industry. They celebrate the best British writers, books, publishers and bookshops.

Here are the Shortlists in categories of special interest to readers of this blog:

Fiction: Crime & Thriller Book of the Year

Our House by Louise Candlish (Simon & Schuster)
The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn (HarperFiction)
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen (Pan Books)
Close to Home by Cara Hunter (Viking | Penguin Paperbacks)
Macbeth by Jo Nesbo (Hogarth)
In a House of Lies by Ian Rankin (Orion)

D├ębut Book of the Year

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar (Harvill Secker)
Never Greener by Ruth Jones (Bantam Press)
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (Zaffre)
Dear Mrs Bird by A. J. Pearce (Picador)
Lullaby by Leila Slimani (Faber & Faber)
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (Raven Books)

Awards Ceremony Monday 13th May 2019

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Call for Submissions: 2019 Bouchercon Anthology

Call for Submissions: Bouchercon 2019Anthology

Carol Puckett and the 2019 Bouchercon Dallas Committee along with Eric E. Campbell, Publisher of Down & Out Books, and editor/author  Rick Ollerman are proud to announce a call for submissions to the 2019 Bouchercon anthology.

The Anthology will honor the memory of Bill Crider. All proceeds from its sales will benefit LIFT (Literary Instruction For Texas), which works to enhance and strengthen communities by teaching adults to read.

Stories must be original works (no reprints) of less than 5,000 words. The theme is the conference slogan: Denim, Diamonds, and Death.

The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2019. Please send submissions to
For additional information about the anthology, please contact

The Anthology will be published for distribution and signings at Bouchercon in Dallas.

A story entered in the Bill Crider Contest may be submitted to the Bouchercon anthology; however, if the story is selected and the author agrees to publication in the anthology, the story must be withdrawn from the Crider Contest because the contest rules require that submitted stories not be published before the end of Bouchercon 2019. For additional information about Crider Contest entries, please contact, or Paula Gail Benson at

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