• The 4th Annual Mystery Fest Key West The 4th Annual Mystery Fest Key West
  • June 16 - 18, 2017 June 16 - 18, 2017
Mystery Fest Key West

June 16-18, 2017

The 4th Annual Mystery Fest Key West - Join your favorite mystery writers, aspiring writers, and mystery fans in America’s southernmost city! From South Florida's favorite storytellers to writers of international renown, this is a meet-and-greet where authors can catch up with old friends and readers can chat with their favorite mystery writers, collect signed books -- and participate in workshops, panels, and presentations where bestselling authors explain how and why they do it.

Headlining this year’s speakers are John Hemingway, a respected author as well as grandson of the famous Nobel Prize-winning writer; and Clifford Irving, author of popular mystery and legal thrillers, as well as being the man who went to prison for that faux Howard Hughes autobiography. You will also meet Randy Rawls, well-known mystery writer and former president of the Mystery Writers of America’s Florida Chapter.

John Hemingway

Clifford Irving

Randy Rawls


Event registration includes all panels, presentations and four meals.

2017 Mystery Fest Key West
$195 per person
$175 for members of Mystery Writers of America

Discounted hotel rates while available
We'll be holed up at the luxurious
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Grand Key
Call 305-293-1818 to make your booking - use discount code MW8.
Room coordinator Becky Swope is available to assist attendees in finding room-mates to share cost of room:

Books & Books @ The Studios Of Key West
will provide book sales for Mystery Fest Key West.

Register Now

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

Meet with Literary Agents!

This year Mystery Fest Key West attendees have the opportunity to pitch their book ideas to a literary agent. Hopeful mystery writers can sign up for a "pitch session" with one of these four well-known literary agents -- Tom Colgan of the Berkley Publishing Group, Jessica Faust of Bookends Literary Agency, Dianna Collier owner/agent Collier & Associates, Scott Miller of Trident Media Group.
Also, there will be a silent auction for each of these literary experts to read and review a manuscript.
Register today and take advantage of this exciting opportunity.


“Johnny 5”
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
Bomb Squad Robot
along with his handler
Lt. Michael DiGiovanni

For the Brave at Heart!

Sloan’s Haunted Key West Ghost Tour (included in the registration + $15 for each additional guest).
Join bestselling mystery author Heather Graham as she hosts Friday night’s ramble through historic key West. Discover the island’s most infamous and iconic hauntings — including Hemingway Home (very haunted), the Key West Lighthouse, the old church on Julia Street (a spot that involved the murder of a klansman), and the haunted brothel room at Viva Saloon. 


2017 Whodunit Mystery Writing Competition and Award

Submission deadline
April 15

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

To Contact Mystery Fest Key West

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