Key West Mystery Fest 2017!

The Whodunit Award

Submit the first three pages of finished, unpublished manuscript no later than March 30, 2017. Finalists will be notified by May 1 and have until May 10 to submit full manuscripts.

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2017 Mystery Writers Whodunit Writing Competition. One winner will claim a book-publishing contract with Absolutely Amazing eBooks, free Mystery Writers Key West Fest registration, hotel accommodations for two nights and the coveted Whodunit Award, to be presented at the 4th Annual Mystery Fest Key West , June 16-18, 2017 in Key West, Florida.

Sponsored by Absolutely Amazing eBooks and supported by a grant from the Marion Stevens Fund at the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, authors are invited to submit the first three pages (no more than 750 words) of a finished, unpublished manuscript no later than March 30, 2017, to whodunitaward@mysteryfestkeywest.com

Manuscript submissions should be attached as a Word document and include the title, author name and email address in the header. Finalists will be notified by May 1 and have until May 10 to submit full manuscripts.

• Registration Reimbursement!
• Reimbursement for Two Nights at the DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Key Resort!
• Absolutely Amazing eBooks Publishing Contract!


Mystery Fest Key West Salutes
2016 Whodunit Writing Competition winner
Lewis C. Haskell for his entry titled “Tequila Mockingbird.”

Mystery Fest Key West Salutes
2015 writing competition winner,
J.E. Irvin of Springboro, Ohio
for her entry titles “The Dark End of the Rainbow.”.

To Contact Mystery Fest Key West
Please write to: Mystery Fest Key West,
926 Truman Avenue,
Key West, Florida 33040
or Email Us info@mysteryfestkeywest.com

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The 4th Annual Mystery Fest Key West – Join your favorite mystery writers, aspiring writers, and mystery fans in America’s southernmost city! From South Florida’s favorite storytellers to writers of international renown, this is a meet-and-greet where authors can catch up with old friends and readers can chat with their favorite mystery writers, collect signed books — and participate in workshops, panels, and presentations where bestselling authors explain how and why they do it.

Headlining this year’s speakers are John Hemingway, a respected author as well as grandson of the famous Nobel Prize-winning writer; and Clifford Irving, author of popular mystery and legal thrillers, as well as being the man who went to prison for that faux Howard Hughes autobiography. You will also meet Randy Rawls, well-known mystery writer and president of the Mystery Writers of America’s Florida Chapter.

John Hemingway

Clifford Irving

Randy Rawls

Mystery Fest Key West 2017 — Advertising

Program Advertising

The 4th Annual Mystery Fest Key West: Murder and Mayhem in Paradise, June 16-18, 2017

To pay for your program advertising, select your sponsorship level and click ADD TO CART. This will take you to a new page where you can choose to pay via PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express.

Festival Sponsorship Ad Sizes:

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Advertising deadline is May 1, 2017

Murder & Mayhem Sponsorship – $1,000.00

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To Contact Mystery Fest Key West
Please write to: Mystery Fest Key West,
926 Truman Avenue,
Key West, Florida 33040
or Email Us info@mysteryfestkeywest.com

Key West Mystery Fest 2017

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The Fourth Annual Key West Mystery Fest is on for this year! Join us in beautiful Key West, Florida, on June 16th – 18th for a weekend of fun, sun, and camaraderie as the best of Florida’s mystery community presents workshops, panels, food, and revelry.

Registration will be up and running soon. But for now, the tentative schedule is here:

Schedule of Events: June 16-18, 2017

2017 MYSTERY FEST KEY WEST

FRIDAY, JUNE 16

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. Workshop 1: To Be Announced (Special Guest Appearance)
2:00 – 2:45 p.m. Workshop 2: James O. Born – Police Myths
3:00 – 3:45 p.m. Workshop 3: Lisa Black – Blood Spatter Forensics
4:00 – 4:45 p.m. Workshop 4 – Nancy J. Cohen – How to Write a Cozy
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Reception and Buffet Dinner at Hemingway Home and Museum
Welcome – Mystery Fest Co-Founder Shirrel Rhoades
Special Guest Speaker – John Hemingway
8:30 p.m. Sloan’s Ghost Tour Key West – hosted by Heather Graham

SATURDAY, JUNE 17
8:30 a.m. Coffee & Danish

8:45 a.m. Introduction

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. Panel Discussion: Where I Get My Ideas
Moderator: Randy Rawls
John H. Cunningham
David Beckwith
Dan Ames
Paul Sinot

10:00 – 10:45 a.m. Panel Discussion: How to Commit a Perfect Murder
Moderator: Heather Graham
Lisa Black
Rick Ollerman
Robert Coburn

11:00 – 11:45 a.m. the Whodunit Mystery Writing Award, presented by Shirrel Rhoades.
Introduction of 2016 winner, Lewis C. Haskell
Presentation of the 2017 Whodunit Award

11:45 – 12:00 p.m. Presentation of the Florida Keys Community College Scholarship Winners

12:00 p.m. Luncheon

12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Clifford Irving, Keynote Speaker

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. Panel Discussion:  It Takes a Crook
Moderator – Rick Ollerman
Mike Dennis
Charlie Stella
Ken Rijock
Reef Perkins

3:00 – 3:45 p.m. Panel Discussion: Cozy Mysteries and Female Sleuths
Moderator – Nancy J. Cohen
Susan Haskell / Norah-Jean Perkin
Marjory Sorrell Rockwell
Renee Kumor
Meg Muldoon

 

4:00 – 4:45 p.m. Panel Discussion: Law Enforcement 
Moderator: James O. Born
Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, Key West Police Department, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and Federal Bureau of Investigation

 

5:00 – 5:45 p.m. Book Signing

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Event To Be announced

SUNDAY, JUNE 18
8:30 – 11:00 a.m. Brunch at Schooner Wharf Bar at the historic Key West waterfront (included in registration + $15 for each additional guest.

Bookstore will be managed by Key West Island Books

SLEUTHFEST 2017

Check us out at http://www.sleuthfest.com

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Photo by Alexander James

Keynote – David Baldacci

David Baldacci published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 32 novels for adults; all have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. David has also published five novels for younger readers, including the #1 bestseller The Finisher, which is in development for feature film, and its #1 bestselling sequel, The Keeper.

A lifelong Virginian, David received his Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, after which he practiced law in Washington, D.C.

While David is involved with several philanthropic organizations, his greatest efforts are dedicated to his family’s  Wish You Well Foundation®. Established by David and his wife, Michelle, the Wish You Well Foundation supports family and adult literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of literacy and educational programs. In 2008 the Foundation partnered with Feeding America to launch Feeding Body & Mind, a program to address the connection between literacy, poverty and hunger. Through Feeding Body & Mind, more than 1 million new and gently used books have been collected and distributed through food banks to families in need. http://davidbaldacci.com/

In No Time at all, I’ll be In NOLA…

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Heading out for Bouchercon 2016 in a bit over a month from now and I’m already making my lists. Lists, you say? Yes, lists.

Lists of what to take, what NOT to forget, people to see , places to go, relatives to visit, rental car to pick up, suitcases to pack; all that stuff. Since I decided to take this writing business seriously, I’ve also decided to attend conferences around the country where I can network (read: hang out in the bars), learn, and pick up new ideas.

If you are a mystery writer or fan or reader, you need to be there. So far it looks like we’ll be having over 2000 attendees and writers. Yep you read that right. This looks to be the biggest Bouchercon since 1997. And I plan to be there

There are going to be panels, workshops, interviews, parties, and even a Bouchercon Kids Event on Saturday. You will have the chance to meet your favorite authors, get some books signed, and hang out with those same folks all weekend.

I have been reading mysteries ever since The Mystery of the Old Post Box from Weekly Reader Books as a kid. (Remember those?) And I’ve been writing since I could pick up a pencil or crayon and put my imagination on paper.

New Orleans is a world unto itself and a breeding ground for marvelous imaginations.

Come and join us. Here are a few of the things we’ll be doing:

http://www.bouchercon2016.com/#!bouchercon-events/r05nu

 

Countdown…..

Authors at the Bar Crawl Mystery Writers Key West Fest 2014

The time has almost arrived when I will pack up my little rental car and head south. WAY south for the Mystery Writers Key West Fest in beautiful Key West Florida. I am excited beyond words to be taking part in the third annual celebration of the mystery and the writers who are keeping it alive as a genre. Not only that, but I’ll be learning from actual law enforcement people, mingling with forensic experts, and absorbing the mechanics of writing.

I already have my new notebook and my shiny new writing implements for the conference. If you’re going to be there, see you then. If you’re not signed up yet, what’s the hold-up?

And check out what we’ll be doing

The 3rd annual Mystery Writers Key West Fest launches this Friday, June 10, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Key Resort, 3990 S. Roosevelt Blvd.

The “Murder & Mayhem in Paradise” themed weekend of total mystery immersion – open to published authors, aspiring authors and non-writing book lovers alike – includes panels, presentations, workshops and social events with a “killer” hit-list of some of America’s top award-winning and bestselling mystery writers and true crime experts and features New York Times bestselling author and renowned trial lawyer Robert K. Tanenbaum as keynote speaker.


Events kick off on Friday afternoon with four back-to-back workshops: a birds-eye view of true-crime and law enforcement presented by Monroe County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team and Key West Police Department team members; “How to Write a Novel,” Parts 1 and 2 with award-winning author and former undercover agent James O. Born; and “Real Forensics and the Mystery Writer,” with forensic scientist and New York Times bestselling author Lisa Black.

With the evening comes a welcome celebration and sit-down dinner at Smokin’ Tuna Saloon presided over by Fest producers Shirrel Rhoades and Michael Haskins along with Key West City officials, followed by a roast of Mystery Writers of America – Florida Chapter President Randy Rawls, MC’d by James O. Born.

Saturday’s series of panels and presentations is populated with leading mystery fiction authors representing a variety of genres including (but not limited to), action/adventure, comic, “cozy” mysteries, forensic, hardboiled, supernatural, noir and police procedural. They include, “How I Write – Blank Screen to The End,” with Robert Coburn, Rick Ollerman, Sandra Balzo and Bill Craig, moderated by Siera London; “Creating Suspense,” with Heather Graham, Lisa Black, Anna Castle and Don Bruns, moderated by Mike Dennis; “Believable Dialogue,” with Timothy Hallinan, Siera London, Mel Taylor and Deborah Sharp, moderated by Anna Castle; and “Noir,” with Mike Dennis, Jake Hinkson, Paul McGoran and Lewis M. Weinstein, moderated by Shirrel Rhoades.

For Saturday’s final panel, moderated by James O. Born, notable area true-crime experts Carol F. Frederick, FDLE; Jim Linder, JIATF; Chief Donie Lee, KWPD; and Sheriff Rick Ramsay, MCSO will share insights on the Keys criminal element and details of the strange crimes that surround them.

Saturday highlights include luncheon with keynote speaker Tanenbaum, presentation of the Whodunit Award, a sunset waterfront dinner with acclaimed author Timothy Hallinan at Turtle Kraals Restaurant & Tower Bar and a Sloan’s Haunted Key West tour co-hosted by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham and USA Today bestselling author Don Bruns.


Sunday is for chilling along the waterfront with the Fest’s finale Bloody Mary Sunday Morning Buffet Breakfast at the island’s iconic Schooner Wharf Bar.

Mystery Writers Key West Fest is produced by Shirrel Rhoades, a publisher who has held executive positions with Reader’s Digest, Scholastic, Harper’s, Marvel Entertainment and other well-known publishing companies, and Florida Keys-based author Michael Haskins, creator of the popular Mad Mick Murphy mystery series.

“It’s not just writers and fans of mystery fiction and true-crime that come to our Fest,” said Rhoades. “In our first two years we quickly discovered that, because of the caliber and accessibility of our guest authors, the fascinating panels and unique social events, our ranks were being infiltrated by enthusiasts of many genres. After all, how many writers festivals are there in which leading, world-class authors are hanging out, having fun and rubbing elbows with the audience members every day?”

“There’s no other conference like the Mystery Writers Key West Fest because there is no other place like Key West,” commented Haskins. “I’m not saying it’s something in the water, or the watering holes, but then again I’m not saying it’s not.”

Sponsored by the Key West Citizen daily newspaper, Mystery Writers of America – Florida Chapter, the Florida Keys Council of the Arts and numerous public and private sponsors, at just $175 the Mystery Writers Key West Fest includes full access to three days of panels, presentations and social events, plus four meals. “It’s practically criminal,” says Rhoades.

For more information and a complete schedule visit http://www.mysterywriterskeywestfest.com.