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The Killer Nashville Claymore Award


Saturday, April 30, 2016


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Entry Fees

Claymore Entry Fee - $30;
Claymore Entry Fee with Critique - $50


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

The winner will receive an engraved replica of a Claymore Dagger, free admission to the current year’s Killer Nashville 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.

The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony during the guest of honor dinner & awards banquet on the Saturday evening of the conference.


Enter the first 50 pages of your unpublished crime literature manuscript in the contest.

Judges will consider any subgenre of mystery or thriller. Enter the first 50 pages of any unpublished literature in the following genres:

Action – Adventure – Children’s – Comedy – Cozy – Crime – CSI – Dark Fantasy – Detective – Drama – Dystopian – Erotica – Faith Based – Fantasy – Gangster – Historical – Horror – Legal – Literary – Middle Grade – Mystery – Paranormal – Police procedural – Political thriller – Private eye – Romantic Suspense – Science Fiction (Sci-Fi) – Spy – Steampunk – Suspense – Thriller – Urban Fantasy – Western – Women’s Fiction – Young Adult (YA)

The story must have a mystery, thriller or suspense element: a crime must have been committed that needs detecting, a crime is about to be (or threatened to be) committed or foreboding danger must be in place.

Contact Information

Killer Nashville
P.O. Box 680759
Franklin, Tennessee 37068-0759
(p) 615-599-4032

[email protected]



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