Killer Nashville Writers' Conference Announces Winners of 2013 Awards
This year the 2013 Killer Nashville Writers' Conference drew attendees from as far away as Portmahomack, Scotland; Rome, Italy; and Hadano, Kanagawa, Japan. The festivities may be over, but the awards' program produced many winners in different categories.
Since its inception in 2009, The Claymore Award Writing Contest has led to publication for many authors and to agent representation for still more. The Claymore Award is given each year to the best first 50 pages of an unpublished manuscript not currently under contract. Over $1,500 in prizes are awarded, in addition to a possible publishing contract. Any author may enter, published or not. Winners are determined through a blind judging process. Judges consider any subgenre of mystery, thriller, or suspense.
The competition for 2013 was fierce, especially in the final round of the blind judging process. The final winners were chosen by Deni Dietz, senior editor of Five Star Mysteries. The top three winners for the 2013 Killer Nashville Claymore Award are:
Winner: Terri Coop, Dial 1-Pro-Hac-Vice
1st Runner Up: Jacob M. Appel, The Man Who Trounced God at Chess
2nd Runner Up: Elizabeth Visser, Profile of a Killer
Terri Lynn Coop, this year's winner stated, "I want to thank everyone on the Killer Nashville staff and the attendees, really the whole family, for their warm wishes and congratulations on my winning the Claymore Award. It is such an honor, I am still stunned."
The Silver Falchion Award is bestowed upon the author of the best book published for the first time in the current or previous conference year by a registered Killer Nashville attendee. The winner is determined by the votes of the other attendees during the conference.
The 2013 Winner of the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion are:
Winner: Sara J. Henry, A Cold And Lonely Place
1st Runner Up: Alana White, The Sign Of The Weeping Virgin
2nd Runner Up (tie): Jamie Mason, Three Graves Full; and Molly MacRae, Last Wool & Testament