2021 Anthony Awards Winners

 by Tim Suddeth

This year’s Anthony Awards were announced at the virtual Bouchercon this past weekend. The Anthony Awards are presented by members attending the annual event and honor the year’s best in mystery and crime fiction.

The Awards were to be announced at their dinner in New Orleans, but the conference was cancelled due to an outbreak of the Delta variant of Covid. Over the weekend, we watched Hurricane Ida batter New Orleans.

The winners were announced at a virtual ceremony. Congratulations to the winners. And prayers for New Orleans for a quick recovery.


Best Hardcover Novel

Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby (Flatiron Books)

Best First Novel

Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden (Ecco Press)

Best Paperback Original/E-Book/Audio Original Novel

Unspeakable Things by Jess Lourey (Thomas & Mercer)

Best Short Story

“90 Miles” by Alex Segura, Both Sides: Stories from the Border

ed. by Gabino Iglesias (Agora Books)

Best Juvenile/Young Adult

Holly Hernandez and the Death of Disco by Richie Narvaez (Pinata Books)

Best Critical Non-Fiction Work

Unspeakable Acts: True Tales of Crime, Murder, Deceit, and Obsession

ed. by Sarah Weinman (Ecco Press)

Best Anthology or Collection

Shattering Glass: A Nasty Woman Press Anthology,

ed. by Heather Graham (Nasty Woman Press)

You can click here for the list of nominees.

You can click here for more information about Bouchercon, the awards ceremony, and a link to the awards presentation.

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