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Candy canes are on store shelves, Christmas muzak is everywhere, and it’s time for a quick reminder that the deadline for submissions to the 2021 Bony Blithe Award is rapidly creeping up on us. We must have your books in hand by end of day on December 18, 2020, for them to be considered for the award.

The following traditional publishers have submitted books on behalf of their authors for this year’s award:

  • Berkley Prime Crime: A Case of Cat and Mouse; Claw Enforcemen; Dying in a Winter Wonderland

  • Kensington Books: Tea & Treachery Boston Scream Murder ; The Malt in Our Stars; Mrs Claus and the Santaland Slayings

  • NeWest Press: Rolling Thunder

  • HarperCollins Canada: Obsidian

  • Cormorant: The Detective and the Spy

  • Crooked Lane: Death on the Page; There’s a Murder Afoot; A Death Long Overdue; On Deadly Tides

  • Signature Editions: And We Shall Have Snow; The Cat Possessed

  • Inanna Publications: The Rage Room

  • Flanker Press: On This Day

If your book is not on this list or if you’ve sent your books yourself and haven’t received an acknowledgement email directly from me, it means (1) I haven’t received your submission yet, or (2) I don’t have your email address, so get on the blower to your publisher or hie thyself to the post office. Or email me to ask if your book arrived. Once again, the deadline for our receiving books is midnight, December 18, 2020.

Light mysteries include cozies, capers, satires, and humorous books: in short, anything from laugh-out-loud books to gentle humour to good old-fashioned traditional mysteries with minimal overt violence or gore. In a nutshell, we’re not looking for books with gravitas that make us think; we’re looking for fun-to-read books that entertain us and make us smile.

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

There is no submission fee, but please include a note with your submission giving your name and email address. The book must have been published for the first time in 2020 and you must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. You can find the full submission rules at http://bonyblithe.com/submission-rules/. If you have any questions or if you want your books to be shipped by a third party, write to us at bw-award@bloodywords.com.

If you have an author-friend who writes light mysteries and fits the criteria in the submission rules, please pass this email on to them.