The Anthony Awards are literary awards for mystery writers presented at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention since 1986.
The awards are named for Anthony Boucher (1911–1968), one of the founders of the Mystery Writers of America.
Among the most prestigious awards in the world of mystery writers, the Anthony Awards have helped boost the careers of many recipients.
Awards are voted for by members attending the annual event and are given in the following categories:
Best First novel
Best Paperback original
Best Short story
Best Critical / Non-fiction work Special Service award
The ceremony may also include a number of “wild card” awards.
Best Novel award – Louise Penny, The Beautiful Mystery
Best First novel award – Chris Pavone, The Expats
Best Paperback original award – Johnny Shaw, Big Maria
Best Short story award – Dana Cameron, “Mischief in Mesopotamia” from Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, November 2012
Best Critical / Non-fiction work – John Connolly and Declan Burke, Books to Die For: The World’s Greatest Mystery Writers on the World’s Greatest Mystery Novels