Jeremiah Healy Mystery Writing Award

And the winner of the 2015 Jeremiah Healy Mystery Writing Award is . . .

Dark End of the Rainbow by J.E. Irvin

Finalists were:

All Hocked Up by Jack Bates (Rochester, MI)
Portside Screw by Gregory S. Dew (Ponce Inlet, FL)
Dark End of the Rainbow by J.E. Irvin (Springboro, OH)
Square Grouper by Crichton Lewis (Key West, FL)

Congratulations, Janet Irvin!!

 

Four Finalists Announced in Jeremiah Healy Mystery Writing Award Contest

Key West, Florida Keys, August 1, 2015.

Four finalists have been announced in the nation-wide competition for the inaugural Jeremiah Healy Mystery Writing Award, to be presented at the 2nd Annual Mystery Writers Key West Fest, August 14-16, in Key West, Florida.

The finalists and their titles are: “All Hocked Up” by Jack Bates of Rochester, MI; “Portside Screw” by Gregory S. Dew of Ponce Inlet, FL; “Dark End of the Rainbow” by J.E. Irvin of Springboro, OH, and “Square Grouper” by Crichton Lewis of Key West, FL.

Sponsored by Absolutely Amazing eBooks, the award salutes the late author’s legacy as a beloved and influential mentor credited with helping and advising many aspiring writers. Writers from all over the country answered the call that invited award candidates to submit the first three pages of a finished, unpublished mystery manuscript.

“Jerry often said a book either captures a reader in the first three pages … or it doesn’t,” commented Shirrel Rhoades, who co-produces the MWKWF along with Mad Mick Murphy Key West Mysteries author Michael Haskins. “We agree with that assessment and decided to use it as a yardstick for a writing competition in his honor. He helped us get the first Fest off the ground, and this way we will keep him as a part of it in future years.”

The winner will claim a book-publishing contract with Absolutely Amazing eBooks, free Mystery Writers Key West Fest registration, hotel accommodations for two nights, and a bobble-headed Jerry trophy.

Submissions were judged by a committee headed by the late author’s fiancé, mystery author Sandra Balzo, along with film critic and publisher of Absolutely Amazing eBooks, Shirrel Rhoades; immediate past executive vice president of Mystery Writers of America, Ted Hertel; and Gary Warren Niebuhr, library director and author of numerous nonfiction works on crime fiction.

The Mystery Writers Key West Fest sponsors include the Mystery Writers of America – Florida Chapter, The Florida Keys Council of the Arts and the Key West Citizen daily newspaper and other local businesses. Event registration is $125 for three days of panels, presentations and social events with a Who’s Who of world-class mystery writers and true-crime experts, plus three meals.

For a full Fest schedule, online registration, links to accommodations and complete details on the Jeremiah Healy Award visit www.mysterywriterskeywestfest.com. For more information, contact 305.587.9393 / info@mysterywriterskeywestfest.com.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 20, 2015. Key West, FL.  – Jeremiah Healy Mystery Writing Award announced, winner receives entrance to Mystery Writers Key West Fest and book contract

The inaugural Jeremiah Healy Mystery Writing Award – “The Jerry” – will be presented at the 2nd Annual Mystery Writers Key West Fest, August 12-14 in Key West, Florida. The winner will claim a book-publishing contract with Absolutely Amazing eBooks, free entry to the Mystery Writers Key West Fest that includes airfare and hotel accommodations, and a captivating bobble-headed Jerry trophy.

Sponsored by Absolutely Amazing eBooks, the award salutes the author’s legacy as a beloved and influential mentor credited with helping and advising many aspiring writers. Candidates wishing to compete for the Jeremiah Healy Mystery Writing Award are invited to submit the first three pages of a finished, unpublished manuscript no later than June 30, 2015. Finalists will be notified August 1, and will have until August 10 to submit full manuscripts.

“Jerry Healy was a terrific mystery writer and a good judge of mysteries,” notes Shirrel Rhoades, co-founder of the Mystery Writers Key West Fest. “Jerry often said a book either captures a reader in the first three pages … or it doesn’t. We agree and have decided to use that as a yardstick for a writing competition in Jerry’s honor. He helped us get the first Fest off the ground, and this way we will keep him as a part of it in future years.”

Healy served as moderator and panelist at the first Mystery Writers Key West Fest in 2014.  He is the late acclaimed author and creator of the John Francis Cuddy private-investigator series and the Mairead O’Clare legal thriller series (under the pseudonym Terry Devane). A graduate of Rutgers College and Harvard Law School, his career path included stints as a military police lieutenant and a trial attorney. He launched his writing career while a professor at the New England School of Law, where he taught for almost two decades.  During that time, he established himself as a multi Shamus-Award winning mystery writer, penning eighteen novels and more than sixty short stories.

The award judging committee will be led by Healy’s fiancé, mystery author Sandra Balzo, and includes Shirrel Rhoades, author, film critic, media consultant and publisher of Absolutely Amazing eBooks; Ted Hertel, attorney, author, reviewer and immediate past executive vice president of Mystery Writers of America; and Gary Warren Niebuhr, library director, reviewer and author of numerous nonfiction works on crime fiction, including Make Mine a Mystery: A Guide to Mystery and Detective Fiction and Read ‘em Their Writes: A Handbook for Mystery Book Discussions.

“Jerry introduced me to Ted and Gary, who became my writers group, as well as close friends,” says Balzo.  “It was the kind of thing that Jeremiah Healy was known for in mystery circles—unflagging kindness and making newcomers feel like they belonged. I think Jerry would be thrilled that Gary and Ted are joining me in judging the award that bears his name.”

This year’s Mystery Writers Key West Fest –“Murder & Mayhem in Paradise” –includes multiple workshops, presentations, panel discussions and social events with acclaimed crime fiction and true crime writers. For information on the 2nd Annual Mystery Writers Key West Fest and complete Jeremiah Healy Mystery Writing Award competition guidelines and submission details, visit www.mysterywriterskeywestfest.com.

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