FAWE Winners

BOCA RATON, Florida, February 28, 2017The Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America (FMWA) is pleased to share the results of its 3rd annual Freddie Award for Writing Excellence (FAWE) competition as announced at SleuthFest 2017 on February 24.

The 2016 winner in the Mystery category is Graham Reed of Vancouver, BC, Canada for his entry, The Chairman’s Toys.

Graham Reed

The 2016 winner of the Thriller category is Millie Naylor Hast of Bellaire, Texas for her entry, Takeover.

Millie Hast

Both winners received a certificate, an engraved crystal award, and the opportunity for their complete manuscripts to be read by their final round agent or editor judge. The FAWE committee, along with the FMWA board and members, offers sincere congratulations to Mr. Reed and Ms. Hast.


The mission of the Freddie Award for Writing Excellence contest is two-fold: (1) to recognize superior writing in the Mystery and Thriller genres, and (2) to offer writing guidance to new and struggling authors. Details of the 2017 FAWE competition are available on the FMWA website.

Our congratulations to all the Finalists in the 2016 Freddie Award for Writing Excellence (FAWE) competition. The top five entrants in each category are:

James E. (Buck) Buchanan, Marco’s Game
Dara Carr, Angela Cray Gets Real
Candace J. Carter, Muddy Waters
Nancy Drake, The Trouble Tree
Graham Reed, The Chairman’s Toys 

Richard Cass, The Go Between
Frank Cook, The Dumbo Effect
Millie Hast, Takeover
Jude Roy, The Lynchings  
Deborah Shlian, Unintended Consequences

These entries were judged by Annette Rogers, editor at Poisoned Pen Press, or by Alec Shane, agent at Writers House.

A sincere thanks to Diane A.S. Stuckart, Vice-President, Mystery Writers of America – Florida Chapter and FAWE contest coordinator, as well as to our entrants and judges.







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