Register Now For the Mystery Fest Key West

A weekend with your favorite mystery writers and friends, only $195
– it’s practically criminal!
Includes poolside reception, all panels and workshops, Whodunit Awards event, book signings, Conch Train mini-tour of Key West, prime rib luncheon & keynote speaker event, Key West Lighthouse tour & ice cream social, and Mystery Writers of America – Florida Chapter sponsored brunch overlooking historic Key West Harbor.
Want to bring a friend to the keynote luncheon, ice-cream social or brunch? It’s just $35.00 additional per event to bring a buddy.

Discounted hotel rates while available 
$209 per person - nearly ⅓ off regular room rates.
(Speakers have a special room rate.)

We'll be holed up at the luxurious
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Grand Key
Call 800/222-TREE to make your booking
or go online to
Enter Group Code: SMA

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

The Whodunit Award

Submit the first three pages of a finished, unpublished manuscript no later than April 15, 2018. Finalists will be notified by May 1 and have until May 10 to submit full manuscripts.

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2018 Whodunit Mystery Writing Competition. One winner will claim a book-publishing contract with Absolutely Amazing eBooks, free Mystery Writers Key West Fest registration, hotel accommodations for two nights and the coveted Whodunit Award, to be presented at the 5th Annual Mystery Fest Key West , June 22-24, 2018 in Key West, Florida. 

Sponsored by Absolutely Amazing eBooks and supported by a grant from the Marion Stevens Fund at the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, authors are invited to submit the first three pages (no more than 750 words) of a finished, unpublished manuscript no later than April 15, 2018, to

Manuscript submissions should be attached as a Word document and include the title, author name and email address in the header. Finalists will be notified by May 1 and have until May 10 to submit full manuscripts. The winning book will be published by Absolutely Amazing eBooks.

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

Mystery Fest Key West salutes 2017 Whodunit Writing Competition winner Mike Pettit for his entry titled “Key West Flashpoint.”

Mystery Fest Key West salutes
2016 Whodunit Writing Competition winner
Lewis C. Haskell for his entry titled "Tequila Mockingbird."

Mystery Fest Key West salutes
2015 writing competition winner,
J.E. Irvin of Springboro, Ohio
for her entry titles"The Dark End of the Rainbow.".

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

Judges: Robin Robinson, Reef Perkins, Toby Armour, Carol Lazar

Click here for resume of the judges.