The Claymore Award -
Sponsored by Killer Nashville
"Killer Nashville was the source of the sale of my first book, Josh Whoever, to Five Star Mysteries. The day before I was to pitch, I met Five Star’s Senior Editor, Deni Dietz, and showed her that I had her book Beat Up A Cookie (great funny mystery centered around the TV show M*A*S*H). The next day I pitched her my book. Deni was warm, insightful, and - most importantly - interested. I sold my book to Five Star four months later."- MICHAEL GUILLEBEAU, author of Josh Whoever
"An update for you on AGAIN (retitled MOVING DAY as a book – and WRONG MOVE for film). My agent Jill (whom I met through Killer Nashville and winning the Claymore Award) and her rights co-agent Andrea sent it to their Hollywood co-agent, who loved it, and next thing I know, he has five big production companies (Ron Howard's Imagine Entertainment; Dan Lin, producer of the Sherlock Holmes movies, etc.) all taking it in to their respective studios – Sony, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, etc. etc.) Then some folks we never even sent it to swooped in, made us an offer, and now have the rights - a team of two production companies – Nick Wechsler Productions (The Road, Time Traveler's Wife, Magic Mike) and Steve Schwartz at Chockstone Pictures (The Host, Killing Them Softly, Tree of Life, etc.). Of course, a publisher made an offer two hours after the movie option deal – the tail wagged the dog! And it all got started thanks to a writing contest in Nashville!"- JONATHAN STONE, author of Again (Moving Day)
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The Prestigious Claymore Award
DEADLINE APRIL 30, 2014
DEADLINE APRIL 30, 2014
What You Win
Over $1,500 in prizes, plus possible book advance and book publication, plus possible agent representation
What Manuscripts Will be Considered
Judges will consider any subgenre of mystery or thriller. Enter the first 50 pages of any unpublished literature in the following genres:
|Cozy||Fantasy||Police procedural||Urban Fantasy|
|CSI||Historical||Private eye||Women’s Fiction|
|Dark Fantasy||Horror||Romantic Suspense||Young Adult (YA)|
|Detective||Legal||Science Fiction (Sci-Fi)|
What It Must Have
The story must have a mystery, thriller, or suspense element: a crime must have been committed that needs detecting, a crime is about to be (or threatened to be) committed, or foreboding danger must be in place.
Who Would Publish my Book
Only publishers appearing on the Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers approved publishers list are recommended. We will not connect you with a publisher not appearing on one of these lists.
How it Works
Any author may enter (published or not); however, the contest is limited to only unpublished manuscripts not currently under contract.
Ten finalists are chosen through a blind judging process. The winner will receive an engraved replica of a Claymore Dagger, free admission to the current year's Killer Nashville, and more. The top ten finalists also receive prizes. Any manuscript of exceptional merit deemed ready for submission will be recommended by Killer Nashville to agents, editors, and publishers regardless of placement in the contest.
The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony during the Guest of Honor dinner & Awards Banquet on the Saturday evening of the conference.
To attend the awards ceremony, you must purchase tickets for the Guest of Honor Dinner. Register for Killer Nashville and the Guest of Honor Dinner here. The top three finalists will be reimbursed the cost of his/her ticket.
In 2006, the Killer Nashville Conference was formed with one of its primary objectives to be helping writers advance their careers. In 2009, Killer Nashville founder Clay Stafford created the Claymore Award to further that goal by offering aspiring authors a path to publication. Click here to read more about Killer Nashville – A Conference for Thriller, Suspense, & Mystery Writers and Lovers.