Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction
Pinckley Prizes For Crime Fiction and True Crime Writing
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.
The Pinckley Prize for True Crime Writing is intended to honor a book which illuminates the reality of women’s lives; it need not be a debut work.
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.
C.S. Harris (Candace Procter) and Angie Kim were the recipients of the 2020 Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction. Emma Copley Eisenberg is the inaugural winner of the Pinckley Prize for True Crime Writing. The prizes will be presented during the 2021 Bouchercon which takes place in New Orleans next October.
The prizes honor three women writers. Winners receive a financial award of $2,500. This year the prize winners will participate in an online panel discussion at the 2021 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival.
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.
The Pinckley Prize for True Crime Writing honors a woman writer with a published book of nonfiction crime narrative. The winner is nominated and selected by a jury of Pinckley Prize judges.
Entry forms must accompany all submissions.
Pinckley Prize Committee
Susan Larson, Administrator
Florence Andre, Development Advisor
Kathy Cain, Development Communications Advisor
Karen Kersting, Treasurer
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Mary Sullivan, Graphic Designer
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