Thriller Book Awards: The 2024 Book Awards Are Accepting Submissions

The 2024 edition of the Book Awards, the world’s only thriller book award series specifically devoted to recognizing amazing mystery and thriller novels across 15 popular sub-genres, is now accepting submissions.

This year, seventy-six (76) deserving authors will be recognized for their outstanding achievements in fiction writing.

Thriller Book AwardsThe 2024 Overall Book of the Year Winner will receive $1000 in cash, our gold-and-black award seal for their book cover or website, top billing in our awards press release, inclusion in a weekly featured books newsletter and more.

Fifteen category winners will receive a winner’s seal for their book cover, a book post on, inclusion in our popular Best of the Year post and more. Categories include Action, Crime, Fantasy & Dystopian, Historical, Horror, Medical, Military, Mystery, Paranormal, Psychological, Sci-Fi and Spy Thriller.

Up to sixty (60) category finalists will receive a press kit including a silver finalist seal and a one-sentence quote from for use in book marketing campaigns.

Who is eligible to enter?

Any English-language mystery or thriller published in 2023 or 2024 is eligible to enter. If your book is not yet published, pre-published manuscripts targeting a release prior to December 31, 2024 will be accepted. See detailed Contest Rules for more details.

Learn more about how to enter and win here.

Past thriller book award winners

Why Mystery and Thriller Book Awards?

Book awards are an important tool for helping authors stand out from the pack and building a readership.

Mystery and Thriller Book Awards SealBut mystery and thriller authors are often precluded from the award scene because of genre bias. The literary world is brimming with prizes (check out our big list of book awards), but sadly, aside from a couple of specialized awards put on by great organizations, deserving mystery and thriller authors are largely shunned from the party.

How often do you see a crime thriller or psychological thriller take home the National Book Award, a Pulitzer, a Booker award or any of the other major prizes? It’s rare. In addition to genre bias, many mystery and thriller writers simply aren’t eligible for other book awards because of specialized requirements such as gender, religious point of view or career stage. It’s wonderful that so many specialized awards exist, but the result is that genre books rarely get a coveted gold seal.

Meanwhile, the mystery and thriller genre is the second-most read fiction category in the world, behind only Romance and Erotica. Like most fans, we see many highly outstanding books each year that deliver high-octane entertainment while also adding sophisticated insights into the human condition.

The industry also sees book awards as extremely important to career-building, especially for up-and-coming authors. In a 2024 report surveying over 900 authors, publishers and publicists, 88% reported that book awards were either important, very important or extremely important. This is no surprise, as winning or even being nominated for a prestigious book award lends credibility and prestige to a book and its author. It serves as an independent validation of the book’s quality, craftsmanship, and literary merit, which can significantly enhance its reputation in the eyes of readers, critics, and industry professionals.

How to Enter

Early entry is open now. Until May 31 2024, a discount code EARLYENTRY will offer substantial savings at checkout. The final deadline for entry is September 30 2024.

See you in the winner’s circle!

Select Past Book Award Winners & Finalists

thriller book award winners

Prior years’ winners and finalists include both established writers and first-time novelists. Independently published authors have also fared particularly well, as there is no barrier to entry or bias for or against traditionally published books. In addition, past winners and finalists have included writers from several countries and continents, including The United States, India, Belgium, Japan, Canada, the U.K. and Australia. 

Book of the Year

The Forgotten Girl by Daco S. Auffenorde; The Money by David Shawn Klein; Girl Missing by Kate Gable

Action Thriller

Blaze In, Blaze Out by Joseph Lewis; The Pilate Scroll by Michael Byars Lewis; The Blue Hour Sanction by Landon Beach

Conspiracy Thriller

Ripple Effect by Amy Rivers; KGB Banker by William Burton McCormick and John Christmas; JK’s Code by Ronald S. Barak

Crime Thriller

Saint Bloodbath by Frederick Douglass Reynolds; Azabu Getaway by Michael Pronko; The Three Lives of Richie O’Malley by William Lobb

Fantasy & Dystopian

The Witchfinder’s Serpent by Rande Goodwin; Daemon Blood by Mary Maddox

Historical Thriller

In The Lair of Legends by Dave Buzan; Blood Before Dawn by Daniel V. Meier, Jr; The Silver Waterfall by Kevin Miller

Horror Novel

Gothic Revival Michael Mullin; Have You Seen Me? by Alexandrea Weis; Level Zero by Dan McDowell

Legal Thriller

Early Grave by Paul Levine; The Ambulance Chaser by Brian Cuban; Standby Counsel by Alexi Venice

Medical Thriller

The Deadly Deal by J. Lee; Waterborne by J. Luke Bennecke; The Achilles Gene by N.E. Miller

Military Thriller

Codename Parsifal by Martin Roy Hill; Cardinal Virtues by R.G. Roberts; Treason Flight by T.R. Matson

Mystery Novel

Death by Saxophone by Debbie Burke; FUGUE by Michael J. McLaughlin; Huron Breeze by Landon Beach

Paranormal Thriller

Shadowed Horizons by Reily Garrett; Soul Seeker by Kaylin McFarren; Hell is in Me by Colleen Parkinson

Political Thriller

The Unexpected Hostage by Allison McKenzie; The Doomsday Medallion by Avanti Centrae; Alejandro’s Lie by Bob Van Laerhoven

Psychological Thriller

THE GIRLS IN THE CABIN BY Caleb Stephens; Ashes in Venice by Gojan Nikolich; The Hiding Girl by Dorian Box

Romantic Suspense

Talionic Night in Portland: A Love Story by Theresa Griffin Kennedy; Newark Minutemen by Leslie K. Barry

Spy Thriller

Yearn to Fear by Chas Murrell; Muir’s Gambit: A Spy Game Novel by Michael Frost Beckner; Bucharest Legacy: The Rise of the Oligarchs by William Maz

Sci-Fi Thriller

All Hope of Becoming Human by Lonnie Busch;The Mirror Man by J.B. Manas; Quantum Alibi by Liam Fialkov

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Bella Wright

Bella Wright blogs about books, film and media.

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