The Arthur Ellis Awards are a group of Canadian literary awards, presented annually by the Crime Writers of Canada for the best Canadian crime and mystery writing published in the previous year. The award is presented at a gala dinner in the year following publication.
The awards are named for Arthur Ellis, the pseudonym of Canada’s official hangman.
The award statue itself is wooden model of a hanging man.
The arms and legs move when the statue’s string is pulled.
The year cited below is the year in which the work was published.
Best Crime Novel
Best First Novel
Best Crime Book in French
Best Juvenile or Young Adult Crime Book
Best Crime Nonfiction
Best Crime Short Story
Best Unpublished First Novel – “Unhanged Arthur”
Best Genre Criticism/Reference
Best Novel . Seán Haldane, The Devil’s Making, Stone Flower Press
Best First Novel . J. Kent Messum, Bait, Penguin Canada
Best Novella . Melodie Campbell, The Goddaughter’s Revenge, Orca Books
Best Short Story . Twist Phelan, Footprints in Water, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
Best Book in French . Maureen Martineau, L’enfant promis, La courte échelle
Best Juvenile/YA . Elizabeth MacLeod, Bones Never Lie, Annick Press
Best Unpublished First Novel (Unhanged Arthur) Rachel Greenaway, Cold Girl
This is the inaugural year of the CWC Grand Master Award, intended to recognize Canadian crime writers who have a substantial body of work that has garnered national and international recognition.
This year’s winner of the CWC Grand Master Award is Howard Engel, the author of the award winning Benny Cooperman detective series. A mainstay of the Canadian crime writing scene for many years, Mr. Engel helped put Canadian crime writing on the map at a time when few mysteries were set in this country.
Best Crime First Novel . Simone St. James, The Haunting of Maddy Clare, NAL
Best Crime Novel . Giles Blunt, Until the Night, Random House Canada
Best Crime Novella . Lou Allin, Contingency Plan, Orca Books
Best Crime Short Story . Yasuko Thanh, “Switch-blade Knife” in Floating Like the Dead, McClelland & Stewart
Best Crime Nonfiction . Steve Lillebuen, The Devil’s Cinema: The Untold Story behind Mark Twitchell’s Kill Room, McClelland & Stewart
Best Crime French Book . Mario Bolduc, La Nuit des albinos: Sur les traces de Max O’Brien, Libre Expression
Best Crime Juvenile/YA Book . Shane Peacock, Becoming Holmes, Tundra Books
Best Unpublished Crime First Novel, aka The Unhanged Arthur . Coleen Steele, Sins Revisited
Best Crime Novel . Before the Poison by Peter Robinson, McClelland and Stewart
Best First Novel . The Water Rat of Wanchai by Ian Hamilton, House of Anansi Press Inc.
Best Crime Book in French . La chorale du diable by Martin Michaud, Les Editions Guélette
Best Juvenile or Young Adult Crime Book . Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones, Candlewick Press
Best Crime Nonfiction . Hot Art: Chasing Thieves and Detectives Through the Secret World of Stolen Art by Joshua Knelman, Douglas & McIntyre
Best Crime Short Story . What Kelly Did by Catherine Astolfo, North Word Magazine
Best Unpublished First Novel – “Unhanged Arthur” Last of the Independents by Sam Wiebe
Best Crime Novel . Louise Penny Bury Your Dead Little, Brown UK
Best First Crime Novel . Avner Mandleman The Debba, Other Press
Best French Crime Book . Jacques Côté, Dans le quartier des agités Alire
Best Juvenile/Young Adult Crime Book . Alice Kuipers, The Worst Thing She Ever Did HarperCollins
Best Crime Nonfiction . Stevie Cameron On the Farm, Knopf Canada
Best Crime Short Story . Mary Jane Maffini, “So Much in Common” in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
Best Unpublished First Crime Novel . The Unhanged Arthur,John Jeneroux Better Off Dead
. Crime Writers of Canada (http://www.crimewriterscanada.com/awards/arthur-ellis-awards/about)
. List of Arthur Ellis Award winners 1984-Present (http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/Awards/Ellis_Awards.html)