The Claymore Award -
Sponsored by Killer Nashville Inc.
"Persistence pays off. So does the feedback from the Claymore judges, the agents and editors at Killer Nashville, and the contacts with the other writers. I submitted my manuscript to the 2011 Claymore Award contest and attended Killer Nashville where I pitched to several agents and publishers. Among them was Deni Dietz of Five Star Mysteries. Based on their feedback, I revised my manuscript and submitted again in 2012. I was delighted when The Law of the Splintered Paddle was named the second runner up and even more delighted when, after another revision, Five Star Mysteries offered to publish it, albeit with a shortened title, The Splintered Paddle."- MARK TROY, author of The Splintered Paddle
"Winning the Claymore Award is the culmination fo the help I've received from writers all along the continum. I'm proud and humble and won't waste the confidence that has been shown in my and my work."– TERRI LYNN COOP, 2013 Claymore Award Winner for Dial 1-Pro-Hac-Vice
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The Prestigious Claymore Award
Killer Nashville Announces the 2013 Claymore Award Winner and Finalists.
See their names here.
See their names here.
What You Win
Over $1,500 in prizes, plus possible book advance and book publication, plus possible agent representation
What Manuscripts Will be Considered
Enter the first 50 pages of your unpublished crime literature manuscript in the contest.
Judges will consider any subgenre of mystery or thriller, including political thriller, cozy, legal, police procedural, private eye, romantic suspense, paranormal mystery, and historical mystery.
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Any author may enter (published or not); however, the contest is limited to only unpublished manuscripts not currently under contract.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.