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16th Annual Killer Nashville
Silver Falchion Award™

Submission Deadline: June 15, 2023

The Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award seeks to honor the best books of 2022. Competition opens June 16, 2022.

The 2022 Silver Falchion Award entries are now being judged and the winners will be announced at the Killer Nashville Awards Dinner on August 20, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Awards are open to the public and the media.

The 2023 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award seeks to discover and honor the best books of 2022 (novels, novellas, collections and anthologies, and non-fiction) that incorporate the elements of mystery, thriller, and suspense in numerous genres or, in the case of nonfiction, books that are applicable to writers in general.

Categories

PRIZES

Physical award in each category, bragging rights, increased exposure, and $250 for best overall work (fiction or nonfiction), payable to the winner. Announcements include finalists, as well as winners.

Please note: In order for a category to be awarded, entries in the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Awards have to be worthy of that honor; otherwise, no award will be given in that category.

Finalists & winners will be announced at the 2023 Killer Nashville Awards Dinner.

HISTORY

We believe all engaging stories have three elements: mystery, thriller, and suspense. Since 2008, the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Awards have recognized the best stories from the previous year told through various media utilizing the elements of mystery, thriller, and/or suspense in multiple genres. Judges are professional writers, book reviewers, librarians, academics, and—in specialized cases—specific industry peers. Focus is on quality, not popularity.

FEES

The Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award began as a way to recognize Killer Nashville attendees and has since grown worldwide into an industry-coveted prize. The Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award continues to have one (1) NO ENTRY FEE for conference attendees. The charge for non-attendee or additional attendee submissions is $79 per entry to cover our expenses. There are no refunds for award entries.

ELIGIBILITY PERIOD

Eligible works must have been first published in English and available to a North American reading audience in either print or digital format between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022.

We make no distinction between self-published, indie-published, and traditionally published works; all are eligible to be entered into the competition so long as they adhere to the guidelines above.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Firm deadline for submission June 15, 2023. Entries received after June 15, 2023 are ineligible.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

2023 finalists will be announced prior to the conference. Killer Nashville will contact all finalists using submitted information alerting them to the honor via our subscription newsletter. If contact info changes, please contact Killer Nashville so we may get in touch. Finalists will be honored and winners will be announced at the Killer Nashville Awards Dinner on August 19, 2023.

JUDGES

Our team of contest judges is comprised of professors/educators, published authors, editors, book publicists, book reviewers, and other industry professionals.