Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Florida Mystery Writers of America Chapter announces 2017 Freddie Award Winners


The Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Freddie Award for Writing Excellence (FAWE) competition. Some 118 writers from all over the United States entered this year's contest.

Boca Raton resident Howard T. Konig won the Thriller category for his entry, "The Serial Killer's Brother." Konig has worked for top advertising agencies and has been published by publications including Starlog, TV Scene and Epi-log. He has also written the liner notes and episode guides for DVD releases, including the Stephen J. Cannell shows Hardcastle & McCormick, Riptide, Stingray and Street Justice.

Laura Brennan won the Mystery category for "The End of All Things." Brennan, who lives in Hollywood, Calif., has a weekly podcast, Destination Mystery, featuring interviews with mystery writers of every subgenre. Her short story, "Driving Dead Daisy," is available on Amazon, while other stories have appeared in anthologies such as Hell Comes to Hollywood. Her web series Faux Baby explores the lighter side of motherhood.

Finalists in the Mystery Category are: Macaire Hill, "The Unkindness of Ravens." Charlotte Morganti, "The Snow Job. Liese Sherwood-Fabre, "The Mystery of the Murdered Midwife." Edward J. Leahy, "Bury the Past."

The Thriller finalists are William J. Anderson and Cathlene N. Buchholz, "In Too Deep." C. J. Czupor, "Cut Right Through Me." Mari Clark, "Truth or Consequences." Joanne Butcher, "Rager."

Both winners received a free early three-day registration for the 2019 SleuthFest in Boca Raton and an engraved crystal award. The finalists received certificates. The Freddie Award is open to traditionally published writers who currently do not have an agent or a publishing contract, as well as aspiring writers.

The 2017 FAWE committee congratulates our winners and finalists, and thanks all our judges. Nearly 40 volunteers served as preliminary judges, and two celebrity judges ranked the top finalists: Jenny Bent of the Bent Agency of New York and London and Eric Campbell, publisher of Down & Out Books. The winners and finalists were announced Friday, March 2, at SleuthFest 2018, the four-day writing conference held March 1-4 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton, 661 NW 53rd St., Boca Raton, Fl., 33487. http://sleuthfest.com.

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