The Killer Nashville Claymore Award

Entry Deadline: April 30, 2017
Enter to Win the 2017 Killer Nashville Claymore Award

The 2016 Claymore Award will be awarded on August 20th at the Killer Nashville Guest of Honor Dinner.

Cost to Enter

Entry Fee: $30
Entry Fee with Critique: $50

What You Win

Over $3,000 in prizes, plus possible book advance, agent, and movie deal.

CLAYMORE WINNER RECEIVES:
$525 worth of redeemable prizes, plus a possible publishing contract, agent, and movie deal.
• Possible agent representation.
• Possible publishing contract and book advance.
• Possible movie option deal.
• Free admission to current year’s Killer Nashville (a $250 value).
• Free admission to current year’s Killer Nashville Awards Dinner (an $95 value).
• Free admission to three (3) current year’s Killer Nashville Breakout Sessions (a $45 value).
• Free fiction critique in the current year’s Killer Nashville (a $45 value).
• Free query critique in the current year’s Killer Nashville (a $45 value).
• Free marketing plan in the current year’s Killer Nashville (a $45 value).
• Introduction to Killer Nashville approved agents and editors.
• The right to use the “Killer Nashville Claymore Winner” logo on your website, publicity material, and finally published book.

TOP 3 RUNNER-UPS RECEIVE:
Collectively $1,170 worth of redeemable prizes, plus a possible publishing contract, agent, and movie deal.
• Possible agent representation.
• Possible publishing contract and book advance.
• Possible movie option deal.
• Free admission to current year’s Killer Nashville (a $250 value).
• Free admission to current year’s Killer Nashville Awards Dinner (an $95 value).
• Free admission to three (3) current year’s Killer Nashville Breakout Sessions (a $45 value).
• $50 worth of tuition, Killer Nashville merchandise, or downloads (if available) from current year’s Killer Nashville – • your choice (a $50 value).
• Introduction to Killer Nashville approved agents and editors.
• The right to use the “Killer Nashville Claymore Finalist” logo on your website, publicity material, and finally published book.

TOP 10 FINALISTS RECEIVE:
Collectively $2,950 worth of redeemable prizes, plus a possible publishing contract, agent, and movie deal.
• Possible agent representation.
• Possible publishing contract and book advance.
• Possible movie option deal.
• Free admission to current year’s Killer Nashville (a $250 value).
• Free admission to three (3) current year’s Killer Nashville Breakout Sessions (a $45 value).
• Introduction to Killer Nashville approved agents and editors.
• The right to use the “Killer Nashville Claymore Finalist” logo on your website, publicity materials, and published book (if applicable).

Note: If a Claymore winner or finalist has already purchased admission to Killer Nashville or to the Awards Dinner, cost of winning items will be reimbursed based on winning level, if desired.

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.

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Previous Winners and Finalists Who Are Now Published

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 Writers’ Conference, 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.

Finalists for the Killer Nashville Claymore Award will be announced before the conference. 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.

Judging

Morgan Elwell will be the presiding judge for the 2016 Claymore Award. She has been the Communications and Marketing Manager for Mysteries & Thrillers at Kensington Publishing Corp. since Fall 2014. She manages the publicity and marketing for all of Kensington’s mystery, suspense, thriller, and true-crime titles. Prior to this she worked as a television producer in Washington D.C., and Richmond, Virginia. In her spare time she enjoys photography, avoiding avocados (she’s allergic!), and watching too much Netflix.

Morgan Elwell

Morgan Elwell

Killer Nashville Claymore Award

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.

A Bit of History

In 2006, the Killer Nashville Writers’ 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.

Current and Past Winners

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