May 19, 2017 Skillbuild in Jackson, MS — Facilitated by SEMWA board member Phil Hardwick

Southeast Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Skillbuild will be held on Friday, May 19th, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the River Hills Club, Jackson, Mississippi. Based on your responses to my previous email, the following presenters (alphabetical order) are confirmed: John Floyd, Carolyn Haines, Phil Hardwick, Martin Hegwood, Michael Kardos, Joe Lee, Darden North, MD, and Maggie Toussaint.  Register online at

July 29, 2017 Jeff Deaver Workshop in Columbia, SC

Details to be announced soon!

Killer Nashville 2017: August 24-27, Embassy Suites, Franklin, TN

SEMWA is a proud sponsor of Killer Nashville, a mystery conference set in the midst of our region of the country.

Guests of Honor for 2017: A.J. Tata, Max Allen Collins, and Chris Grabenstein

The Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award The Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award began in 2008 as a way to honor attending writers at the Killer Nashville International Writers’ Conference. But as Killer Nashville’s reach has grown, so has interest in its competitions. And now the competition is open to self-published and traditionally published writers throughout the world. 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. Visit the Killer Nashville site [] to learn more.

The Killer Nashville Claymore Award The Killer Nashville Claymore Award was created to assist new and rebranding English-language fiction authors get published, including possible agent representation, book advances, editor deals, and movie and television sales.

Over $3,000 worth of prizes are given away each year, but to us, the publishing and deals made—and the careers they build—are the end game. Visit the Killer Nashville Claymore Award [] page to view previous winners who are now published, and read the competition’s submission guidelines. 

Decatur Book Festival, September 1-3, 2017

SEMWA joins with Atlanta SinC to host a tent of mystery authors. Join us at the largest independent book festival in the world. This event annually draws more than 75,000 readers and 600 authors (all genres, fiction and nonfiction), including some of the biggest names in the business as headliners.

Festival booths and panel appearances run Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday from 12 noon to 6 pm. Participating authors will meet readers, writers, and sell books at the SinC/MWA booth. Register now at

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