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New True Crime Awards Announced

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True Crime live event CrimeCon which takes place in Las Vegas April 29 through May 1, has announced the launch of the “CLUE Awards,” which will honor true crime programming focusing on TV, documentary features, podcasting and publishing.

Submissions are now open and will be accepted through the program’s final deadline on Friday, March 25 (early deadline March 11). Nominations will be announced in April (full schedule below).

Winners will be recognized at the CLUE Awards ceremony on Saturday, April 30 at the Paris Las Vegas hotel. The awards gala will be the featured attraction at CrimeCon 2022, an annual three-day immersive experience that connects thousands of true crime fans, creators and professionals for a weekend filled with education, understanding and advocacy.

CrimeCon’s 2022 CLUE Awards will highlight five nominees in each of its seven categories:

  1. _Television: _“Outstanding Episodic Series”
  2. _Television: _“Outstanding Docuseries”
  3. _Podcasting: _“Outstanding Episodic Series”
  4. _Podcasting: _“Outstanding Docuseries”
  5. “Outstanding Documentary Film”
  6. “True Crime Book of the Year”
  7. “Crime Fighter of the Year”

Nominees and winners will be determined by CrimeCon’s selection committee, comprised of a wide range of producers, network and streaming executives, and other creatives and industry leaders, representing all sectors of the true crime genre.

The timeline for the 2022 CLUE Awards is as follows:

  • Submissions Open: Thursday, February 17
  • Deadline for Early Submissions: Friday, March 11 (discounted rate)
  • Deadline for Final Submissions: Friday, March 25
  • Nominations Announced: April 2022
  • Inaugural CrimeCon CLUE Awards Ceremony at Paris Las Vegas: Saturday, April 30

Eligible projects must have premiered during calendar year 2021 (January 1 – December 31). Only unscripted and/or nonfiction content is eligible, and projects must be available in the United States. All submission guidelines, eligibility criteria and entry fees can be found HERE.

“True crime programming has always captivated audiences, but since launching CrimeCon in 2017 the genre has expanded dramatically,” said CrimeCon Founder and Executive Producer Kevin Balfe. “The true crime community is incredibly passionate and supportive, and we felt it was time to recognize the exceptional content in this space and the creators who are telling these stories in a responsible and impactful way.”

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