AGATHA AWARDS: The Agatha Awards are given at the Malice Domestic conventions each year, in the Washington, D. C. area. They are the awards which seem to be closest to the “Cozy Mystery” genre. The Malice Domestic requirements of a mystery are: no excessive violence, no explicit sex, the characters are usually known to each other, and a lot of the time the main character is an amateur sleuth. (*Remember the awards are given each year for the books that qualified the previous year… So, for example, in 2008 they announced the winners of the books from 2007*)
ANTHONY AWARDS: The Anthony Awards are given at the Bouchercon conventions each year, for all types of mysteries, not just limited to the “more cozy” works.
DERRINGER AWARDS: The Derringer Awards are given each year (since their creation in 1997) by the Short Mystery Fiction Society. The name comes from the Derringer handgun. Most of the other mystery awards emphasize novels, while these awards are solely for short stories. (I am listing the year the awards were actually announced, not the year the works were actually published.)
Flash Story (up to 500 words) (up to 1,000 Words from ’08)
Short-short Story (501-2000 words) (1,001-4,000 Words from ’08 “Short Story”)
Mid-length Story (2001-6000 words) (4,001-8,000 Words from ’08 “Long Story”)
Longer Short Story (6001-15,000 words) (8,001-17,500 Words in ’08 “Novelette”)
EDGAR ALLAN POE AWARDS: The Edgars are awarded by the Mystery Writers of America and are presented in April of each year, for works that were published the previous year. They go back as far as 1946.
NERO AWARDS: The Nero Awards are presented each year by “The Wolfe Pack,” a forum that is based on the enjoyment/discussion of all 72 of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe works. The award is given in December to an author of a particularly excellent mystery book at their Black Orchid Banquet.