2023 Anthony Awards Finalists Announced

By: Brandon Williams, May 20th, 2023 2:05 am.

The 2023 Anthony Award finalists have been announced!

The Anthony Awards were established in 1986 at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention, named in honour of the legendary mystery writer Anthony Boucher. Boucher, a renowned critic, editor, and author, was an influential figure in the field of crime fiction. The inaugural Anthony Awards aimed to celebrate his significant contributions and create a platform to honour exceptional works in the genre.

The Anthony Awards cover various categories that encompass the breadth of mystery and crime writing. Some of the prominent categories include Best Novel, Best First Novel, Best Paperback Original, Best Short Story, and Best Critical or Nonfiction Work. Additionally, the awards recognize the contributions of individuals in fields such as editing, anthologies, and fan publications.

Each year, a diverse group of mystery and crime enthusiasts, including authors, readers, critics, and industry professionals, participate in the nomination and voting process. The awards are open to any work published in the previous calendar year, ensuring a fair and inclusive selection process.

Over the years, the Anthony Awards have bestowed recognition upon numerous talented authors and their exceptional works. The list of winners reads like a “Who’s Who” of the mystery and crime fiction world. Some notable recipients include Louise Penny, Tana French, Michael Connelly, Megan Abbott, Otto Penzler, and many more.

The Anthony Awards have become a significant benchmark for authors and publishers, serving as a seal of quality in the mystery and crime genre. Winning an Anthony Award brings well-deserved recognition to authors and often leads to increased readership and commercial success. Additionally, the awards help readers discover new talent and outstanding works they may have otherwise overlooked.

With that said, the nominees for the 2023 Anthony Awards are as follows:

Best Hardcover Novel

Best Paperback/eBook/Audiobook

Best First Novel

Best Historical Mystery

Best Humorous

Best Short Story

Best Non-Fiction Book

Best Children’s/YA Novel

Best Anthology / Collection

  • Low Down Dirty Vote Volume 3: The Color of My Vote by Mysti Berry
  • Lawyers, Guns, and Money: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Music of Warren Zevon by Libby Cudmore and Art Taylor
  • Land of 10,000 Thrills: Bouchercon Anthology 2022 by Greg Herren
  • Paranoia Blues: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Paul Simon by Josh Pachter
  • Crime Hits Home by S.J. Rozan

Congratulations to all of the finalists!

The awards will be given out as they are every year at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention. This year’s will be taking place on September 2nd in San Diego, California.

For more on the Anthony Awards, please visit the Bouchercon 2023 website.

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