Public Announcements


2018 MWA Book Awards

Now Open for Submissions...

The 2018 MWA Book Awards are open to all MWA members in good standing who have published a novel (50K words or more) in 2016 or 2017.  There is no fee to enter; one entry per MWA member. 

Awards will be given in the following genre divisions: 

  • Mystery/thriller
  • Romance
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy/Speculative fiction
  • Literary/Mainstream
  • Historical Fiction
  • Young Adult / New Adult

However, at least 5 qualifying entries are required to award a prize in that division. 

Co-authored books are allowed; anthologies to which the author has contributed a story are not.

Novels entered in the 2017 MWA Book Awards are not eligible to be re-submitted to the 2018 awards.   

Submission period is JULY 1, 2017 – AUGUST 31, 2017.

For more information on rules and how to submit, please visit our Contests page.



2017 MWA Book Award Winners

And the Winners Are...

MWA is pleased to announce the 2017 MWA novel winners, as chosen by fellow MWA members, in the following categories:

  • Historical:  Provenance by Donna Drew Sawyer
  • Mystery / Thriller: Auburn Ride by David Stever
  • Science Fiction / Fantasy / Speculative Fiction: The Enchanted Dagger by Vonnie Winslow Crist
  • Literary / Mainstream: A Hundred Veils by Rea Keech




MWA Announces 'The Writing Roller Coaster' Conference in Annapolis

Annapolis -- Writers, authors and publishers from all over the region will participate in this year’s Maryland Writers Association (MWA) conference, Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The annual event is an opportunity for writers to network, discuss their craft and participate in workshops with respected industry professionals and agents.

Click here for more information and to register.

In addition to workshops and networking opportunities, the MWA welcomes speakers Jeffery Deaver, internationally recognized mystery and crime writer, as well as Sci-Fi/Fantasy novelist Maria V. Snyder.

Deaver is a former journalist, folksinger, attorney, and bestselling author. His books are sold in 150 countries and have been translated into 25 languages. He has sold 50 million books worldwide.

Snyder is a former meteorologist responsible for the New York Times best-selling “Study” series about a young woman who becomes a poison taster.

“This is why the MWA conference is important,” said Eileen Haavik McIntire, MWA president. “I’m looking forward to this event because it offers a variety of choices that appeal to writers in different genres.”

Tickets for the event are $174.99 for participants who register before Jan.1, 2017 and $189.99 after. Tickets purchased after March 11 are subject to a $25 surcharge.

To become an MWA member join here, or find your local chapter. For more information, to arrange an interview with the speakers, an agent, or an MWA representative, contact



A former journalist, folksinger and attorney, Jeffery Deaver is an international number-one bestselling author. His novels have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including the New York Times, The Times of London, Italy’s Corriere della Sera, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Los Angeles Times. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into twenty-five languages. He has sold 50 million books worldwide

The author of thirty-eight novels, three collections of short stories and a nonfiction law book, and a lyricist of a country-western album, he’s received or been shortlisted for dozens of awards.

His The Bodies Left Behind was named Novel of the Year by the International Thriller Writers association, and his Lincoln Rhyme thriller The Broken Window and a stand-alone, Edge, were also nominated for that prize, as was a short story published recently. He has been awarded the Steel Dagger and the Short Story Dagger from the British Crime Writers' Association and the Nero Award, and he is a three-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Readers Award for Best Short Story of the Year and a winner of the British Thumping Good Read Award. Solitude Creek and The Cold Moon were both given the number one ranking by Kono Misurteri Ga Sugoi in Japan. The Cold Moon was also named the Book of the Year by the Mystery Writers Association of Japan. In addition, the Japanese Adventure Fiction Association awarded The Cold Moon and Carte Blanche their annual Grand Prix award. His book The Kill Room was awarded the Political Thriller of the Year by Killer Nashville. And his collection of short stories, Trouble in Mind, was nominated for best anthology by that organization, as well.

Deaver has been honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention and with the Raymond Chandler Lifetime Achievement Award in Italy. The Strand Magazine also has presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award.


Maria V. Snyder switched careers from meteorologist to novelist when she began writing the New York Times best-selling Study Series (Poison Study, Magic Study, Fire Study, Shadow Study, Night Study and Dawn Study) about a young woman who becomes a poison taster. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, Maria dreamed of chasing tornados and even earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Meteorology from Pennsylvania State University. Unfortunately, she lacked the necessary forecasting skills. So she worked as an environmental meteorologist until boredom and children drove her to write down the stories that have been swirling around in her head. Writing, proved to be more enjoyable than meteorology, and Maria returned to school to earn a Master of Arts degree in fiction writing from Seton Hill University. Unable to part company with Seton Hill and its wonderful writing program, Maria is currently a teacher and mentor for the MFA program. 

Also on the program will be several editors from literary journals as well as agents. Agents attending Include Jessica Regel, Foundry Media; Anna Sproul-Latimer, RossYoon; Roseanne Wells of Jennifer DeChlara Agency and Maximilian Ximenez, L. Perkins Agency.   

Click here for more information about the conference and to register.


Teen Writing Clubs Win Grant

Constellation has honored MWA’s Teen Writing Program with a $500 grant under its Community Champions Program. Constellation, an Exelon company that supplies energy to homes and businesses in Maryland and throughout the United States, awarded the grant to help the program expand, to pay for teen members to attend the MWA conference in March, and to help subsidize our next teen anthology.

The grant paved the way for the opening of a new teen club in Catonsville that is set to begin in January. We have also just opened a new chapter in Annapolis. The two new clubs will bring the total to 13, serving more than 100 creative writers age 11-17.
For more information or to volunteer for the Teen Writing Club program, contact us at 


Montgomery Writes! Contest Winners 2016

The Montgomery Chapter of MWA announces the winners of the Montgomery Writes! 


Winner: Urvi Chowdhury, On the Run

Runners up:
Melanie Hatter, Malawi's Sisters
Stephen Sugg, Stanley and Phyllis

Creative Nonfiction

Winner: Laura Donnelly Smith, Tree Fall

Runners up:
Suzyn Gonzalez, Sitting in Airports, Waiting for Planes
Judy Ohr, Sand Never Stops Shifting


Winner: Emma Millar, The Osprey’s Nest

Runners up:
Shirley Menendez, A Villanelle to Life in America
Jennifer Bunch, Apple Pie Ala Mode: A Chronicle of the 1960s