FAWE Winners

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

The winner in the Mystery category is Laura Brennan for “The End of All Things.”

The winner of the Thriller category is Howard T. Konig for “The Serial Killer’s Brother.”

Thanks to everyone who entered! Below are all the Finalists from this year’s competition.


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 winners. The Mystery category entries were judged by Jenny Bent of the Bent Agency of New York and London. Eric Campbell of Down & Out Books judged the Thriller finalists. The winners were announced at SleuthFest 2018. 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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