During an event held earlier today at the second annual Mystery Writers Key West Fest, author J.E. Irvin of Springboro, Ohio, won the inaugural Jeremiah Healy Mystery Writing Award--the “Jerry”--for her not-yet-published book, Dark End of the Rainbow.
According to the southern Florida news blog Konk Life, Janet Irvin was one of four finalists for this commendation, which salutes the late detective novelist Jeremiah Healy’s “legacy as [an] influential mentor credited with helping and advising many aspiring writers.” That blog adds, “Writers from all over the country answered the call that invited candidates to submit the first three pages of a finished, unpublished mystery manuscript.” Along with Irvin’s book were three other shortlisted contenders: All Hocked Up, by Jack Bates (Rochester, Michigan); Portside Screw, by Gregory S. Dew (Ponce Inlet, Florida); and Square Grouper, by Crichton Lewis (Key West, Florida).
As previously announced, the winner of this contest is to be given a book-publishing contract with Absolutely Amazing eBooks, free Mystery Writers Key West Fest registration, hotel accommodations for two nights, and a
bobble-headed “Jerry” trophy.
(Hat tip to Sandra Balzo, on her Facebook page.)