This year, these writers can win a free early three-day registration for the 2019 SleuthFest in Boca Raton. The registration, a $400 value, is one of the prizes for the 2017 Freddie Award for Writing Excellence, sponsored by the Florida Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America (FMWA). SleuthFest is FMWA’s annual conference for mystery, suspense, and thriller writers, which draws attendees from all over the United States.
The Freddie Award has two categories, Mystery and Thriller. This contest is a rare opportunity for unpublished writers. All entrants will receive feedback on their unpublished Mystery or Thriller manuscript: the judges’ score sheet critiques of their writing.
Writers must enter the first 20 pages of their unpublished manuscript. This contest is for writers who do not have a publishing contract or an agent, as well as aspiring writers. The submitted work should be unpublished.
The Freddie Award defines a mystery novel as “one or more elements remain unknown or unexplained until the end of the story.” A thriller is “a novel intended to arouse feelings of excitement or suspense.”
The Freddie Award finalists will be announced at the Friday night banquet at SleuthFest 2018. SleuthFest will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Boca Raton, 661 NW 53rd St., Boca Raton, Florida, March 1-4, 2018 (SleuthFest.com).
The top five entrants in the Freddie Award Mystery and Thriller categories will be read by an acquiring agent or editor. All ten of these finalists will be introduced to the editors during a special ceremony at SleuthFest 2018 and the winners will be announced at the same ceremony. In addition to the three-day early registration, the top Mystery and Thriller winners will also receive a crystal plaque.
The contest fee is $25 for MWA members, $30 for nonmembers. You do NOT need to be an MWA member to enter.
For details go to http://mwaflorida.org/ and click on Contest for rules, entry forms and more.
I was honored to co-host this special event, A Mysterious Affair in Princeton, with Cloak & Dagger Bookstore & MWA!
I praised Sisters In Crime and the chapter where I’m Prez, Sisters in Crime-Central Jersey for their efforts in the movement supporting women crime writers. Take a look!
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Join us Sunday, 10/29 12-2pm Freehold Art Gallery: 7 West Main St (Above CVS), Freehold, NJ 07728 for an exciting Sci Fi author panel!
We’ll chat about our writing process, and how we spin exciting tales that grab a reader and don’t let go.
Today is your third birthday in Heaven, Mom. It’s bittersweet to say Happy Birthday to you because while I’ll always celebrate your incredible life, happiness will never look the same without you.
When I think about the last birthday we celebrated while you were still here, my emotions are so mixed. You were sick, but you didn’t let it stop you. We surprised you with a 70th birthday party with your closest family. You wanted to go to Red Lobster so badly, I felt kind of guilty throwing you a party instead! It’s been a running joke we’ve had ever since.
But when you saw everyone you loved on our porch, your face lit up with pure joy. I’ll never forget it. We all knew you were sick, but for the strongest woman in the world, cancer wasn’t going to stop you. Totally exhausted from treatment, you pushed through life as strong as ever. Even as unsteady as you were on your feet, you carried that cane, running (not walking) instead of using it. Of course, you did! That was you. Never accepting defeat – not letting a little thing called Stage 4 Lung Cancer phase you. We laughed about it then, but I think back now to how so much would change in the next five months, and how that was the last time I really got to see you so positive, driven, and full of hope.
I remember all of the good times on days like today, but I can’t help but recall the sadness, too.
How I’ll never feel your arms around me again.
How you’ll never call me to see if I got to work okay when the weather is bad, or if there’s an accident on the news.
How I’ll never see you smile with pride and love when I tell you about something great that happened in my life.
How you’ll never know me as I age, and go through life’s changes.
How I’ll never hear you speak my name or your words of brilliant advice and reassurance, the ones only you could give (and I’d listen to!).
How I’ll never feel as special as you made me feel with every kind word and kris-a-palooza visits!
How you’ll never watch your shows again, read all the books you love, see your Bella pup (or my pups), shop for gifts for everyone and their mother (literally!), or talk on the phone for hours with someone who needed you.
Someone always needed you, Mom – me most of all.
We’ll celebrate you tonight. Not with a surprise party for you, or with the cards and gifts you so treasured. We’ll celebrate you with a somber dinner, with memories spoken, with tears in our eyes. We’ll talk about how amazing you were – the best! Dad will reminisce about how he fell in love with you, how strong you were, how you were so good to everyone around you – from strangers to family. We’ll toast to you and your beautiful life, and how blessed we were to have you for such a short time. We’ll know you’re at peace, but selfishly, we’ll grieve that you’re not here with us.
Our grief will never change…not on your birthday or any other day where your beautiful smile and palpable energy of love is so obviously absent.
The special days are difficult, yes. But so are the rainy days and the sunny days. And all the days I just want (no, need) my mom, like every day since you left us.
Life will never be the same without you. Underneath the joy, lives a layer of heartache. I go on without you, because of you. You were my angel on Earth, and now you’re my angel in Heaven. This birthday, I’m sending you peace, love, and joy you so deserve.
You’re missed beyond words and loved beyond measure.
Happy Bittersweet Birthday in Heaven, Mom. You’re worth every tear I shed for the rest of my days. I love you.
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