HERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY for an unpublished mystery author looking for a book contract. The mystery conference Killer Nashville is sponsoring the annual Claymore Dagger Award for the best unpublished novel.
The winner gets consideration for publication from longtime New York publisher Avalon Books. In addition to mysteries, Avalon also publishes romances, historical romances, westerns, and series. Avalon Books is on the Mystery Writers of America approved publisher list.
Last year (2009), Avalon not only requested the winning manuscript, but requested eight (8) of the other runner-ups, as well. That’s nine (9) manuscripts requested! And though there is only one Claymore Dagger Award winner, Avalon may request as many manuscripts as they wish.
The entry deadline is MAY 5, 2010, anyone can enter – you do not have to attend Killer Nashville to enter. For more information on the 2010 Claymore Dagger Award, click here and follow the navigation links at the top under “Awards” once you have entered the new 2010 Killer Nashville site.
The winner will be announced Saturday, August 21, 2010 at the annual Killer Nashville Awards Ceremony. Further questions my be directed to Killer Nashville.
The Claymore Dagger mail in entry form can be found here. Instructions are listed here.