Mystery Writers of Japan Award

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Mystery Writers of Japan Award

In 1947 the father of modern Japanese mystery writing, Rampo Edogawa (1894–1965; in traditional order, as Edogawa Rampo, his pen name mimics the Japanese pronunciation of "Edgar Allan Poe"), founded the Detective Story Writers Club for writers and other enthusiasts of mystery fiction. In 1948, the club established the Detective Story Writers Club Award, which was renamed the Mystery Writers of Japan Award in 1963 when the organization incorporated under its present name. Edogawa, ever the promoter of mystery fiction, supported the prize and the incorporation with personal funds; he likewise supported the establishment of the Edogawa Rampo Prize in 1954.

Whereas the Edogawa Rampo Prize is a competition for unpublished works, the Mystery Writers of Japan Award goes to the best mystery fiction published in the past year. With a selection committee made up of leading authors and critics, it is considered the most prestigious prize in Japanese mystery circles. Through much of its history, the award has had three separate categories. Since 2000 the divisions have been: novel or linked stories, short story, and criticism/other. The titles included on this website are winners in the "novel or linked stories" category.

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