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Lefty Awards

The Left Coast Crime “Lefty” Awards are fan awards chosen by registered members of the Left Coast Crime conventions since 1996. Nominations for awards to be presented at each annual convention are made by people registered for that convention and also the immediately prior convention. A ballot listing the official nominees is given to each registrant when they check in at the convention, and final voting takes place at the convention. The ballots are tabulated and that year’s Lefty Awards are presented at the Awards Celebration.


2023 Lefty Awards: Tucson, Arizona

Left Coast Crime 2023 — Trouble in Tucson— will be presenting four Lefty Awards at the convention in Tucson, Arizona. Registrants of the Left Coast Crime Conventions in Tucson and Albuquerque will be able to nominate three titles in each category. The 2023 Lefty awards will be voted on at the convention and presented at the Awards Banquet on Saturday, March 18, 2023, at the El Conquistador Tucson.

The categories are
   ◉  Best Mystery Novel
   ◉  Best Debut Mystery Novel
   ◉  Best Humorous Mystery Novel
   ◉  Best Historical Mystery Novel (The Bruce Alexander Memorial), covering events before 1970

Registrants of the Albuquerque and Tucson Left Coast Crime Conventions will be able to nominate three titles in each category. Nominations will be accepted between January 1 and January 15, 2023, for the four 2023 Lefty Awards.

Nomination forms will be emailed to all eligible LCC registrants by January 1, 2023. Only nominations received by January 15th will be tabulated. The Lefty Award nominees will be announced on January 16, 2023. Final voting will be by paper ballot at the convention in Tucson.

To be eligible for the 2023 Lefty Awards, titles must have been published for the first time in the United States or Canada during 2022, in book or ebook format. (If published in other countries before 2022, a book is still eligible if it meets the US or Canadian publication requirement.)

Questions about the Lefty Awards? Email Awards Co-Chairs Lucinda Surber and Stan Ulrich

History of the Left Coast Crime Awards