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August 8, 2018

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The Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award Finalists have been determined.

It is my honor to announce that my book The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name: Short Stories by Fiza Pathan is a #Finalist in category Best Short Story in the Killer Nashville 2018 Silver Falchion Award.

As mentioned in their email dated August 8, 2018: We’d like to thank all who entered the 2018 competition. We received many excellent entries, making this one of our toughest competitions to date.

Silver Falchion Award winners and runners-up will be announced at the
Killer Nashville Awards Dinner on August 25, 2018. (Keeping my fingers crossed. Read the awesome lineup of deserving books/authors.)


Since 2006, Killer Nashville has been an advocate for beginning and mid-list writers, as well as a resource for platform-building for established authors. It is a community of genre and non-genre writers whose work contains elements of mystery, thriller, or suspense.

The Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award™ is committed to discovering new writers, as well as superlative books by established authors and, upon discovery, sharing those writers and their works with new readers.


The Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Awards began in 2008 as a way to honor attending writers at Killer Nashville. Alumni of Killer Nashville then asked if we could open the awards to them, which we did. Non-alumni then asked if we could open the awards to them. We did. Then, alumni from other countries asked if we could open the award to them. We listened there, as well. And now the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Awards are open—fiction and nonfiction, anthologies, essays, collections, and more—to writers throughout the world. (Source: Killer Nashville website)

The Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Judging Process: (Source: Killer Nashville Facebook Timeline May 23, 2017)

All entries to the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award go through multiple rounds of judging that are performed by a collective of industry peers—writers, editors, agents, reviewers, etc. Each title is assigned a numerical score addressing multiple elements present within the submitted work. Scores are averaged together and the best-performing works move on to the next round of judging. This process is repeated until the judges are able to determine finalists and definitive winners in each respective category.

As additional components of Killer Nashville’s Silver Falchion Award, we host two awards competitions that are determined by popular vote.

The Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Reader’s Choice Award is given to the author who receives the most votes for his/her title. Voting is done online and is open to everyone. Each user can vote only once per category. This award was designed to give readers and fans a chance to honor their favorite authors and titles. By submitting to the Silver Falchion Award competition, authors are automatically placed in the Reader’s Choice Award contest, as well.

The Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Best Attending Author Award is open for voting to all attendees of the Killer Nashville conference and is a chance for them to honor their favorite author who submitted to the Silver Falchion Award and is also in attendance at the event. Non-registrants of Killer Nashville are excluded from voting.



Do vote for my book for the Readers Choice Award voting for which is open to all. You will find it listed under Anthology/Short Story. My multiple award-winning book is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and online stores. Bookstores, wholesalers can order their books through Ingram.




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  1. Hi Fiza so good to know about this. Congrats!! Would love to read your book. Your story about the love of a transgender person remains etched in my mind. Keep writing.

  2. Thank you, Ma’am. The book is available on Amazon in Kindle version, Paperback, and Hardcover. 🙂

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