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"I had received numerous rejections on Jury Rig and had, in effect, moved on and started writing the next book. A writing partner then told me about the Claymore competition. I ended up being a finalist, which got the book in front of a Five Star acquisitions editor. Five Star eventually purchased the rights. It is possible that the book would eventually have been published somewhere, but it would have been much further down the road and almost certainly not with Five Star. In short, the Claymore is largely responsible for Jury Rig being published at this time."– KOREY KAUL, author of Jury Rig
"Killer Nashville was a wonderful experience. I have attended many writers’ conventions and, at the risk of sounding like Goldilocks, they were either too big or too small. Killer Nashville was just right. The staff and volunteers were kind and helpful. The breakout sessions were the perfect size for meaningful interaction between the audience and the presenters. The panel about why agents and editors reject manuscripts was both terrifying and incredibly helpful. I took advantage of having the first ten pages of my WIP critiqued by a real writer, and I implemented her suggestions right away. Because of Killer Nashville, I now have a contract with Five Star Press for my cozy, Animal, Vegetable, Murder. I couldn’t be happier." (Judy Dailey won the Claymore Award for Animal, Vegetable, Murder in 2011.)– JUDY DAILEY, author of Animal, Vegetable, Murder
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The Prestigious Claymore Award
Killer Nashville Announces the 2013 Claymore Award Winner and Finalists.
See their names here.
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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Enter the first 50 pages of your unpublished crime literature manuscript in the contest.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. All authors will receive written feedback. Any manuscript of merit 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.