The Strand Magazine Critics Award Nominations 2021

The Strand Magazine is pleased to announce the nominations for the 2021 Strand Critics Awards!

Recognizing excellence in the field of mystery fiction and publishing, the 2021 Strand Critics Awards are judged by a select group of book critics and journalists. This year’s judges include talent from NPR, USA Today, The LA Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

“This year’s panel chose a diverse set of authors,” said Andrew F. Gulli, managing editor of The Strand Magazine. “Many of these authors are new and exciting voices in our genre, and it’s wonderful to see them get the recognition they deserve.”

And the nominees are . . .

Best Mystery Novel (2020)

Snow by John Banville (Hanover Square Press)

You Again by Debra Jo Immergut (Ecco)

Trouble Is What I Do by Walter Mosley (Mulholland Books)

The Missing American by Kwei Quartey (Soho Crime)

A Song for the Dark Times by Ian Rankin (Little, Brown and Company)

Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay (William Morrow)

Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger (Park Row)

Best Debut Novel (2020)

Amnesty by Aravind Adiga (Scribner)

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam (Ecco)

When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole (William Morrow)

Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline (William Morrow)

A Burning by Megha Majumdar (Knopf)

A Certain Hunger by Chelsea G. Summers (The Unnamed Press)

Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas (Custom House)

Past recipients of Critics Awards include Michael Connelly, Laura Lippman, Richard Price, Megan Abbott, George Pelecanos, Joseph Finder, Lauren Beukes, and William Landay.

Lifetime Achievement Awards 

The Strand Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Awards go to Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, and Alexander McCall Smith.