Pinckley Prizes for Crime FictionPinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction

Greater New Orleans Foundation

Women’s National Book Association


Pinckley Prizes For Crime Fiction

The Women’s National Book Association of New Orleans established the Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction in 2012 for women writers to honor the memory of Diana Pinckley (1952-2012), a longtime crime fiction columnist for The New Orleans Times-Picayune, and her passion for mysteries. Pinckley was a founding member of the Women’s National Book Association of New Orleans, as well as a civic activist, who gave her time and energy to local and national causes. The Prizes are administered by WNBA-NO, the New Orleans chapter of the Women’s National Book Association, which is composed of writers, librarians, publishers, and booklovers, and was founded in 2011. The national WNBA was founded in 1917.

Megan Abbott and Sarah St. Vincent are the recipients of the 2019 Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction. The prizes were presented October 10, 2019, 6:00 pm, at Louisiana Humanities Center, 938 Lafayette St., in New Orleans. This event was open to the public.

The prizes honor two women writers. Winners receive both a financial award of $2,500 and a trip to New Orleans to accept their prize.

The Pinckley Prize for Distinguished Body of Work honors an established woman writer who has created a significant body of work in crime fiction. The winner is nominated and selected by a jury of WNBA-NO members.

The Pinckley Prize for Debut Novel honors a woman writer with a first-time published novel in adult crime fiction. The winner is selected from the submissions by a three-judge panel.

Entry forms must accompany all submissions.

Pinckley Prize Committee

Susan Larson, Administrator
Florence Andre, Development Advisor
Kathy Cain, Development Communications Advisor
Karen Kersting, Treasurer
Brian McCormick, Website Developer
Mary Sullivan, Graphic Designer
Constance Adler
Serena Jones
Karen Kersting
Mary McCay
Linda Prout
Christine Wiltz

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