10th Annual Killer Nashville
Silver Falchion Award™
Since 2006, Killer Nashville has been an advocate for beginning and mid-list writers, as well as a resource for platform-building for established authors. It is a community of genre and non-genre writers whose work contains elements of mystery, thriller, or suspense.
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.
The Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award began in 2008 as a way to honor attending writers at Killer Nashville. Alumni of Killer Nashville then asked if we could open the awards to them, which we did. Non-alumni then asked if we could open the awards to them. We did. Then, alumni from other countries asked if we could open the award to them. We listened there, as well. And now the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Awards are open—fiction and nonfiction, anthologies, essays, collections, and more—to self-published and traditionally published writers throughout the world.
In addition to the bragging rights that come with joining great company (look at the book covers on this page), Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award winners, finalists, and nominees experience great success in finding new audiences.
In an industry where 2,740 books on average are published every day in the United States alone (and where most don’t sell over 250 copies in their entire publishing history), it’s one more way a writer—especially a beginning writer—can say, “look at me” in the minds of both readers and booksellers.
The Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award sets winners and nominees apart in booksellers’ minds from other similar books on a subject, including the actual placement of the book in the brick-and-mortar bookstore itself.
Killer Nashville also gives a shout-out to our qualifying entered books via our Tweets (22,000 exposures a day), our Facebook, our Killer Nashville Blog, Killer Nashville Magazine, and our Killer Nashville Books of the Day Book Reviews.
Each category will have a winner, and each of these winners will receive all the benefits detailed above, in addition to a personalized Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award medal.
The respective authors of the books deemed by our judges to be the best fiction and best nonfiction of all works submitted will also receive a $500 cash prize.
COST & REQUIREMENTS
The first entry is FREE to registered attendees of Killer Nashville, but attendance at Killer Nashville is NOT required. For second entries, or entries from non-attendees, the fee will be $79 per book.
To be eligible for the 2017 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award, the book(s) being submitted must be published in the year 2016.
When filling out the entry form, make sure to select the genre and sub-genre that you feel the book best represents.
Each entry entitles qualifying books to be promoted at no additional cost via our Tweets (22,000 exposures a day), our Facebook page, our Killer Nashville Blog, Killer Nashville Magazine, and/or our Killer Nashville Books of the Day Book Reviews.
All entries to the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award go through multiple rounds of judging that are performed by a collective of industry peers—writers, editors, agents, reviewers, etc. Each title is assigned a numerical score addressing multiple elements present within the submitted work. Scores are averaged together and the best-performing works move on to the next round of judging. This process is repeated until the judges are able to determine finalists and definitive winners in each respective category.
As additional components of Killer Nashville’s Silver Falchion Award, we host two awards competitions that are determined by popular vote.
The Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Reader’s Choice Award is given to the author who receives the most votes for his/her title. Voting is done online and is open to everyone. Each user can vote only once per category. This award was designed to give readers and fans a chance to honor their favorite authors and titles. By submitting to the Silver Falchion Award competition, authors are automatically placed in the Reader’s Choice Award contest, as well.
The Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Best Attending Author Award is open for voting to all attendees of the Killer Nashville conference and is a chance for them to honor their favorite author who submitted to the Silver Falchion Award and is also in attendance at the event. Non-registrants of Killer Nashville are excluded from voting.