Bony Blithe 2020

REMINDER: Deadline for submitting to the 2020 Bony Blithe Award is December 16!

AUTHORS: Just a quick reminder that the deadline for submissions to the 2020 Bony Blithe Award is now only two weeks away. We need to have your books in hand by end of day on December 16, 2019.

We email you when we receive your books if you submit your books yourself. If you are published by a traditional publisher who is submitting books on your behalf, here is a list of traditionally published books that we have in hand:

  • Penguin Random House imprints: Silent Night, Deadly Night; Empire of Wild; The Wagers; Lipstick Voodoo
  • Touchwood: A Deceptive Devotion
  • Crooked Lane Books: Remembering the Dead; Trouble on the Books; Something Read, Something Dead; Read and Buried
  • HarperCollins Canada: A Matter of Malice; The Golden Boy of Crime
  • Inanna: What Goes Around; Traps; The Occult Persuasion
  • Cormorant: Heat Wave

If your book is not on this list or if you haven’t received an acknowledgement email directly from me, it means I haven’t received your submission, so get on the blower to your publisher or hie thyself to the post office. Once again, the deadline for receipt of books is December 16, 2019.

The Bony Blithe Award consists of a charming framed certificate plus a cheque for $1000!

There is no entry fee, but please include a note with your submission giving your name and email address. The book must have been first published in 2019 and you must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Please refer to the full submission rules at this link

EVERYONE: If you have an author-friend who writes light mysteries and fits the criteria in the submission rules, please direct them to this web page. Thanks!

Registration is now open for the 2020 Bloody Words Mini-Con

Meanwhile, registration for the Bloody Words mini-con/Bony Blithe Award gala is now open. The event is in Toronto on Friday, May 22, 2020. The registration fee of $75 gives you a whole day of criminous fun plus lunch and the award dinner. Visit
our Registration page to join us. It makes a great holiday gift for your mystery-loving friends and family…and an even better one for yourself!

LAGNIAPPE: Anyone who registers by January 31, 2020, will have their name entered into a draw for a fun prize. If you’ve already registered, your name is already in the hat.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Joyous Kwanzaa, Bona Saturnalia, et al… in other words, best wishes of the season for whatever holiday you celebrate.