Mystery Fest Key West

June 22-24, 2018

Ace Atkins, multi-award winning, New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one crime/suspense novels, met up with famed Key West-based children’s and young adult author Judy Blume at the 5th Annual Mystery Fest Key West on Saturday, where Atkins appeared as Keynote speaker. The annual celebration of sleuthing ran through Sunday and included a variety of workshops, panels, presentations and social events at the DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Key Resort and other landmark Key West locations.

The 5th Annual Mystery Fest Key West -Renowned mystery writers, aspiring authors, true crime experts and fans met in America’s southernmost city! The Fest featured a who’s-who of award-winning and bestselling mystery/suspense authors and true crime experts, Mystery Fest Key West is a fun and fascinating meet-and-greet where writers can catch up with old friends and readers can meet leading authors, collect signed books and participate in workshops, panels, and presentations where the most devious of minds explain why—and how—they do it.

This year we welcomed:

  • Keynote Speaker Ace Atkins, the multi-award winning, New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one novels.
  • Special Guest of Honor, the multi-award winning Otto Penzler, publisher, editor and proprietor of the famed The Mysterious Book Shop in New York City.
  • Special Guest Presenter, Heather Graham, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, with more than seventy-five million books in print, published in more than twenty languages.
. . . joined by a stellar ‘hit-list’ of renowned bestselling and award winning authors and true crime experts.

Ace Atkins

Heather Graham

Otto Penzler

Key West has been a long-time writers' haven -- from Hemingway to Elizabeth Bishop to Tennessee Williams.
But it's also been an island of popular intrigue -- from the mystery novels of Laurence Shames to Stuart Woods, John Leslie, Tom Corcoran, John Hersey, Thomas McGuane, and Robert Stone.

"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." - Hemingway

2018 Whodunit Mystery Writing Competition and Award

Click here for complete details about the Whodunit Competition and Award.

• Registration Reimbursement!
• Reimbursement for Two Nights at the DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Key Resort!
• Absolutely Amazing eBooks Publishing Contract!
• Whodunit Award plaque
• Roundtrip airfare

Below are photos of 2018 Mystery Fest Key West

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To Contact Mystery Fest Key West

Please write to: Mystery Fest Key West,
926 Truman Avenue,
Key West, Florida 33040
or Email Us