A new mystery book award was announced this month, honoring excellence in the children’s mystery book format.
The John Spray Mystery Award comes with a C$5,000 cash prize, which will be awarded annually beginning in November 2011. To be eligible the book must be an original work in English, aimed at readers ages eight to sixteen, and written by a Canadian author. A mystery book can be a thriller, a crime novel, or a "whodunit".
John Spray, President of the Mantis Investigation Agency, is delighted to sponsor the prize, saying that reading mysteries made him a passionate reader at an early age and helped him find his chosen career.
The John Spray Mystery Award is organized and administered by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, a national, not-for-profit organization founded in 1976 to encourage the reading, writing and illustrating of Canadian books for young readers.
Deadline for submissions is February 16, 2011. All submissions must be received at the Canadian Children's Book Centre by this date (not postmarked by this date). Titles must be selected from books published between January 1 and December 31, 2010.