FAWE Winners


Boca Raton, FL, January 20, 2018 – The Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America is pleased to announce the finalists in the 2017 Freddie Award for Writing Excellence (FAWE) competition. Some 118 writers entered this year’s contest.. The top five entrants in each category are:


Laura Brennan, “The End of All Things”

Liese Sherwood-Fabre, “The Mystery of the Murdered Midwife”

Charlotte Morganti,  “The Snow Job”

Edward J. Leahy,  “Bury the Past”

Macaire Hill, “The Unkindness of Ravens”


 Howard T. Konig, “The Serial Killer’s Brother”

Joanne Butcher, “Rager”

ZJ Czupor, “Cut Right Through Me”

Mari Clark, “Truth or Consequences”

William J. Anderson and Cathlene N. Buchholz, “In Too Deep”

    William J. Anderson

The FAWE committee and judges congratulate our finalists. The Mystery category entries will be judged by Jenny Bent of the Bent Agency of New York and London. Eric Campbell of Down & Out Books will judge the Thriller finalists. The winner in each category will be announced at the Friday, March 2, banquet at SleuthFest 2018. The four-day writing conference is held March 1-4 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Boca Raton, 661 NW 53rd St., Boca Raton, Florida, 33487. All our entrants, as well as aspiring and published authors, are invited to one of the top conferences for writers and fans in the country. For information, go to http://sleuthfest.com/.

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 FAWE competition are available on the FMWA website.

A sincere thanks to Elaine Viets, FAWE contest coordinator, as well as to our entrants and judges.


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