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14th Annual Killer Nashville
Silver Falchion Award™

Submission Deadline: June 1, 2021

The Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award seeks to honor the best books of 2020. Competition opens October 2, 2020.

The 2021 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award seeks to discover and honor the best books of 2020 that incorporate the elements of mystery, thriller, and suspense.

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.

All semi-finalists and finalists will receive scorecards and short, written comments from the judges after the close of the competition and announcement of winners. These authors are welcome to include the accolade and any comments on their book covers, in blurbs, on their sites/social media, etc. as means of promoting their works to a wider audience. Killer Nashville will also provide Silver Falchion Award stickers that can be included on book covers to the finalists and winners in each category. Finalists & winners will be announced at the 2021 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. 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 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 between January 1, 2020 and January 1, 2021.

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.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Firm deadline for submission June 1, 2021. 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 1, 2020 are ineligible.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Finalists will be announced July 25, 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 21, 2021.

JUDGES

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