Named in Honor of Agatha Christie
The Agatha Awards were awarded at Malice Domestic 31 for books and stories first published in the United States by a living author during the calendar year 2018 (January 1-December 31), either in hardcover, as a paperback original, or as an e-book by an e-publishing firm.
The Agatha Awards honor the Traditional Mystery, books typified by the works of Agatha Christie and others. For our purposes, the genre is loosely defined as mysteries that contain no explicit sex, excessive gore or gratuitous violence, and are not classified as "hard-boiled."
All attendees registered by December 31, 2018 for Malice Domestic 31 received a nomination form in January asking for their top five ranked choices for nominees in each category (Best Novel, Best First Novel, Best Historical Novel, Best Children's/YA, Best Nonfiction). All nomination forms received by the stated deadline were tallied by the Agatha Committee and were verified to be eligible by meeting all of the stated requirements. The top choices comprise the Agatha Award Ballot.
A ballot listing each category's nominees was given to all attendees of Malice Domestic 31, which was held May 3-5, 2019. Attendees voted by secret ballot, the votes were tabulated, and the winners were announced at the Agatha Awards Banquet on Saturday May 4, 2019.