About Us

the premier forum for all genres incorporating mystery, thriller, or suspense

The Killer Nashville International Writers’ Conference was created in 2006 by author/filmmaker Clay Stafford in an effort to bring together forensic experts, writers, and fans of crime and thriller literature.

Since its inception, the Killer Nashville brand has expanded to include much more than the annual writers’ conference, and has become the premiere forum for all genres incorporating mystery, thriller, or suspense (and we believe all good stories contain those elements, to varying degrees). 

Our objective is simple: to educate and empower aspiring and established writers, and connect them with other industry professionals. We achieve this vision by providing valuable educational content via our Killer Nashville Book of the Day Reviews, our Killer Nashville Silver Falchion and Claymore Award competitions, our weekly blog posts by guest authors and industry professionals, and our educational publication Killer Nashville Magazine. Read more on some of our current projects below or visit the Killer Nashville website for more information.

Killer Nashville gives “fledgling writers a supportive environment in which to develop their talent” and both Clay Stafford & Killer Nashville play “an essential role in defining which books become bestsellers” throughout “the nation’s book culture.” – Publishers Weekly

the premier forum for all genres incorporating mystery, thriller, or suspense

Killer Nashville gives “fledgling writers a supportive environment in which to develop their talent” and both Clay Stafford & Killer Nashville play “an essential role in defining which books become bestsellers” throughout “the nation’s book culture.” – Publishers Weekly

The Killer Nashville International Writers’ Conference was created in 2006 by author/filmmaker Clay Stafford in an effort to bring together forensic experts, writers, and fans of crime and thriller literature.

Since its inception, the Killer Nashville brand has expanded to include much more than the annual writers’ conference, and has become the premiere forum for all genres incorporating mystery, thriller, or suspense (and we believe all good stories contain those elements, to varying degrees). 

Our objective is simple: to educate and empower aspiring and established writers, and connect them with other industry professionals. We achieve this vision by providing valuable educational content via our Killer Nashville Book of the Day Reviews, our Killer Nashville Silver Falchion and Claymore Award competitions, our weekly blog posts by guest authors and industry professionals, and our educational publication Killer Nashville Magazine. Learn more about us and some of our current projects on the Killer Nashville website or visit the Killer Nashville website for more information.


The Killer Nashville International Writers’ Conference was created in 2006 by author/filmmaker Clay Stafford in an effort to bring together forensic experts, writers, and fans of crime and thriller literature.

At the conference, we try diligently to ensure that the weekend has something for every writer and lover of literature, and our sessions are structured to assist writers on multiple career levels. Our learning tracks tackle the craft of writing, business of writing, marketing, and forensics. We pride ourselves on our intense, intimate workshops and panels, and on our close-knit community of writers. Visit the Killer Nashville International Writers’ Conference website for more info or register now.

Book of the Day Reviews

Killer Nashville is always looking for the next great book! And we especially enjoy helping to spread the word about emerging and debut authors.

If you think you have a book that would be of interest to our Killer Nashville family, visit our site to submit a book for review and read past reviews .


Killer Nashville Guest Blogs

Killer Nashville publishes weekly blog posts written by guest authors, publishers, marketing gurus, and other industry professionals. Topics cover craft, imagination, lessons-learned, and more!

If you have a topic for our blog, we’d love to hear from you. Learn more by  visiting the Killer Nashville website where you can read blog submission guidelines or check out previous posts.

The Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award™ began in 2008 as a way to honor attending writers at the Killer Nashville International Writers’ Conference. But as Killer Nashville’s reach has grown, so has interest in our competitions. And now the competition is open to self-published and traditionally published writers throughout the world.

The Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award™ is committed to discovering new writers, as well as superlative books by established authors and, upon discovery, sharing those writers and their works with new readers. Visit the Killer Nashville site to learn more.

The Killer Nashville Claymore Award was created to assist new and rebranding English-language fiction authors get published, including possible agent representation, book advances, editor deals, and movie and television sales.

Over $3,000 worth of prizes are given away each year, but to us, the publishing and deals made—and the careers they build—are the end game.


Visit the Killer Nashville Claymore Award page to view previous winners who are now published, and read the competition’s submission guidelines.


The Killer Nashville International Writers’ Conference was created in 2006 by author/filmmaker Clay Stafford in an effort to bring together forensic experts, writers, and fans of crime and thriller literature.

At the conference, we try diligently to ensure that the weekend has something for every writer and lover of literature, and our sessions are structured to assist writers on multiple career levels. Our learning tracks tackle the craft of writing, business of writing, marketing, and forensics. We pride ourselves on our intense, intimate workshops and panels, and on our close-knit community of writers. Visit the Killer Nashville International Writers’ Conference website for more info or register now.

Book of the Day Reviews

Killer Nashville is always looking for the next great book! And we especially enjoy helping to spread the word about emerging and debut authors.

If you think you have a book that would be of interest to our Killer Nashville family, visit our site to submit a book for review and read past reviews .


Killer Nashville Guest Blogs

Killer Nashville publishes weekly blog posts written by guest authors, publishers, marketing gurus, and other industry professionals. Topics cover craft, imagination, lessons-learned, and more!

If you have a topic for our blog, we’d love to hear from you. Learn more by  visiting the Killer Nashville website where you can read blog submission guidelines or check out previous posts.

The Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award™ began in 2008 as a way to honor attending writers at the Killer Nashville International Writers’ Conference. But as Killer Nashville’s reach has grown, so has interest in our competitions. And now the competition is open to self-published and traditionally published writers throughout the world.

The Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award™ is committed to discovering new writers, as well as superlative books by established authors and, upon discovery, sharing those writers and their works with new readers. Visit the Killer Nashville site to learn more.

The Killer Nashville Claymore Award was created to assist new and rebranding English-language fiction authors get published, including possible agent representation, book advances, editor deals, and movie and television sales.

Over $3,000 worth of prizes are given away each year, but to us, the publishing and deals made—and the careers they build—are the end game.


Visit the Killer Nashville Claymore Award page to view previous winners who are now published, and read the competition’s submission guidelines.

Charitable Efforts
Because of our success (and generous people like you), we’ve been able to give back to the community and help others. Since Killer Nashville’s creation in 2006, we have:

  • Supported literacy groups that specialize in improving adult literacy rates
  • Donated books and endowment funds to various libraries in need
  • Coordinated authors in schools programs
  • Granted basic supplies to local schools in need
  • Contributed money to help build a library in Malawi, Africa
  • Provided Killer Nashville scholarships for high school students and adults who are thinking of changing the world with their own voices, but do not have the funds or opportunities to explore that dream

We thank you for supporting us in our efforts to inspire and encourage a new generation of writers. If you would like to become a sponsor or pledge a donation, please go to our Support page or our Charity and Donations page.

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    Killer Nashville Book of the Day

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