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15th Annual Killer Nashville
Silver Falchion Award™

Submission Deadline: June 15, 2022

The Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award seeks to honor the best books of 2021. Competition opens July 27, 2021.

The 2022 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award seeks to discover and honor the best books of 2021 that incorporate the elements of mystery, thriller, and suspense.



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 2022 Killer Nashville Awards Dinner.


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. Judges are professional writers, book reviewers, librarians, academics, and—in specialized cases—specific industry peers. Focus is on quality, not popularity.


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 NO ENTRY FEE for conference attendees. (Note: entrants into the Silver Falchion Award competition will only receive a free submission if they registered for the conference before submitting to the competition. Entry fees cannot be refunded retroactively.) The charge for non-attendee or additional attendee submissions is $79 per entry to cover our expenses. There are no refunds for award entries.


Eligible works must have been first published in English between January 1, 2021 and January 1, 2022.

To be eligible for the Silver Falchion Award, works must be published the year previous the competition and must be readily available to a North-American audience (either in print or digital format).

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.


Firm deadline for submission June 15, 2022. Killer Nashville will contact publishers, but fundamentally it is the task of each author to ensure his or her work is submitted either by his/her self or through his/her publisher. Entries received after June 15, 2022 are ineligible.


2021 finalists will be announced July 30, 2021. Killer Nashville will contact all finalists using submitted information alerting them to the honor. 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 20, 2022.


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