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 by women writers to honor the memory of Diana Pinckley (1952-2012), a longtime columnist for The New Orleans Times-Picayune, and her passion for mysteries. The Prizes are administered by WNBA-NOLA, the New Orleans chapter of the Women’s National Book Association. The national group was founded in 1917. The local chapter was founded in 2011, and Diana Pinckley was a founding member.

Nevada Barr and Adrianne Harun were the recipients of the 2015 Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction, named to honor the memory of Diana Pinckley, longtime crime fiction columnist for The New Orleans Times-Picayune. The prizes were presented March 26, 2015, at the 29th annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. The presentation took place at the historic Beauregard-Keyes House. The Prizes are sponsored by the Women’s National Book Association of New Orleans, of which Diana Pinckley was a founding member.

The prizes, which were presented at the 2015 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, honor two women. Winners receive both a financial award of $2,500 and a trip to New Orleans to accept their prize at a reception hosted by WNBA-NOLA.

The Pinckley Prize for Achievement in Crime Fiction honors an established woman writer who has created a significant body of work; the winner is nominated and selected by a jury of writers and critics.  The Pinckley Prize for Debut Novel honors a first-time woman novelist in adult crime fiction; the winner is selected from the submissions by a three-judge panel.

Entry forms and fee must accompany all submissions.

Pinckley Prize Committee

Susan Larson, Administrator
Florence Andre, Development Advisor
Kathy Cain, Development Communications Advisor
Brian McCormick, Website Developer
Mary Sullivan, Graphic Designer
Constance Adler
Antoinette de Alteriis
Celeste Berteau
Veronica Brooks-Sigler
Moira Crone
Serena Jones
Karen Kersting
Mary McCay
Kathleen Calhoun Nettleton
Melinda Palacio
Linda Prout
Christine Wiltz

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