Aside from Pulitzer, the Silver Falchion Award™ is considered the most prestigious literary contest in the country. The purpose of the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award™ is to honor the best books readily available to a North American audience in any format within the past year. The categories include both fiction and nonfiction and the 8th Annual Silver Falchion Award™ will be awarded on October 31st, 2015.
It is an incredible honor to be nominated among other impressive authors, such as Steven James (the author of more than thirty books, including the critically acclaimed Bowers Files, an eight-book series of psychological thrillers), James Lee Burke (an American author of mysteries, best known for his Dave Robicheaux series, and also the winner of an Edgar Award for Black Cherry Blues and Cimarron Rose, and of a Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America) and Lincoln Child (an American author of multiple techno-thriller and horror novels. Though he is most well known for his collaborations with Douglas Preston (including the Agent Pendergast series and the Gideon Crew series, among others), he has also written five solo novels, including the Jeremy Logan series).
History of Killer Nashville
Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference was founded in 2006 by writer and filmmaker Clay Stafford as a trademarked charitable production of American Blackguard, Inc. Since then, it has developed a reputation as a leading advocate for writers and readers of all genres. Media analysis conducted by a third party in the fall of 2012 found that Killer Nashville was the most written about writers conference on the web. What makes Killer Nashville different from other writers conferences is that it’s about the relationships.
Ten years ago…
Two friends were discussing how best to support writers and jokingly thought there should be a special event, maybe one that would provide writers a chance to learn more about the craft, meet people in the publishing industry, and have a little fun in the process.
Those two friends were award-winning writer/filmmaker Clay Stafford and longtime bookseller Robbie Bryan, and what happened afterward became Killer Nashville, an annual pilgrimage for those who have a passion for the written word.
It was a small, volunteer-driven event in the beginning, says Clay, who is CEO and President of American Blackguard, Inc., and annually oversees the Killer Nashville conference. In 2006, there were about 60 diehard writers, editors and publishers, who made their way to Nashville for the then two-day conference.
This is also about the time author Beth Terrell-Hicks joined Killer Nashville as a volunteer and rose to become the conference’s special event’s coordinator. She is also a Killer Nashville success story.
“Working with this conference is one of the most rewarding things I do,” Beth said. “Every time we hear from a writer who’s gotten a publishing contract through a contact made at Killer Nashville, it makes me glad that, back in 2006, Clay Stafford let me be a part of making his vision a reality. There’s no feeling like knowing you’ve helped someone achieve a dream.”
Since then, Killer Nashville has expanded to four days and has developed a reputation as a leading advocate for writers and readers of all genres. Media analysis conducted by a third party in the fall of 2012 found that Killer Nashville was the most written about writers’ conference on the web.
In August of 2014 there were about 60 volunteers helping to serve the over 400 who attended the conference at the Omni Nashville Hotel.
“What may make Killer Nashville different from other writers’ conferences is that it’s about the long-term relationships,” Clay said. “We are a supportive family bonded through writing.”
With Killer Nashville’s 10th anniversary fast approaching, new panel discussions, breakout sessions and events are being planned for 2015, in addition to our surprise guests of honor, soon to be announced.
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