Friday, 25 June 2021



SlaughterFest is returning for a second year in September, celebrating crime writing with a weekend of events curated by author Karin Slaughter with HarperFiction.

Covering the broad spectrum of crime fiction, from historical to courtroom thrillers, organised crime gangs to the return of serial killers, SlaughterFest will offer a diverse programme for readers in the genre. The festival will feature a mix of live and pre-recorded content, hosted on Zoom and the Killer Reads Facebook page, and will take place on 3rd and 4th September.

Slaughter said: “I am so pleased to announce the second year of SlaughterFest, and we’re hoping for an equally fantastic line-up of authors, with a wide range of perspectives and storytelling. We strive to host authors that will appeal to readers from all genres within the thriller spectrum. We hope fans will enjoy hearing from some of their favourite writers, while also discovering new and emerging voices in crime fiction. I look forward to seeing all of my partners in crime in September!

Slaughter is calling for UK publishers to submit their authors for panels on historical crime fiction, true crime, organised crime gangs in fiction, authors who have changed genres to write crime, serial killers in fiction, political thrillers and courtroom fiction.

The festival will also feature a live masterclass in crime fiction, and a special opening event, "Karin Slaughter Introduces…", a panel showcasing writers at the start of their career, hand-picked by the author. Submissions, including an author's biography, blurb for their most recent books, press release and supporting information (such as event experience and a passion pitch) should be sent to

The submission deadline is 9th July and authors will be notified by 16th July. Panel recordings will take place the week commencing 2nd August and the programme will be announced to the public on 9th August. For more information, terms and conditions, visit the event website or see below.


  1. This festival is promoted by HarperCollins Publishers Limited (“HarperCollins”), 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9FG.

  2. This festival is open to UK Publishers only and we invite them to submit authors of all nationalities.

  3. How to submit your author: Submissions should be sent to and include: Author biography, Blurb for their most recent book/s, Press release, Supporting information e.g. event experience, a passion pitch.

  4. Authors should be submitted to take part in or chair a specific panel. The panels are:

  • Crimes of the Past: taking a criminally good stroll through out past with the finest historical crime fiction

  • True Crime: what is it about real life crime that we find so compelling? This panel will explore documentaries, podcasts and books in the genre

  • The OCG: we’re interested in one thing and one thing only – catching bent coppers! A deep dive into the murky world of organised crime gangs in crime fiction

  • Embracing the Dark Side: meet the authors who have recently switched genres and taken the plunge into the criminal world

  • Serial Killer Thrillers: serial killers in fiction are here to stay, and this event will introduce some of our favourite psychopaths

  • The Politics of Crime: meet the authors of contemporary political thrillers getting right to the heart of governance

  • All Rise! Crime in the Courtroom: a look at crime fiction set in the legal world, and why the courtrooms remain a place of endless fascination

  1. The opening date for submissions is Thursday 24th June 2021. The closing date for entries is 5pm BST Friday 9th July. No entries received after this date will be accepted.

  2. HarperCollins will pay a fee of £100 to panellists and £200 to panel chairs, following participation in the agreed panel and after the festival has taken place

  3. HarperCollins will not accept: (1)responsibility for submissions that are lost, mislaid, damaged or delayed in transit, regardless of cause, including, for example, as a result of any equipment failure, technical malfunction, systems, satellite, network, server, computer hardware or software failure of any kind; or (2)proof of transmission as proof of receipt of entry to the competition.

  4. Any submission containing incorrect, false or unreadable information will be rejected.

  5. HarperCollins reserves the right to invite authors to take part in the festival in addition to the submission process.

  6. Publishers will be contacted regarding the programme from 16th July and the programme will be announced on 9th August

  7. The festival SlaughterFest will take place on 3rd and 4th September 2021. Authors must be available to record their panel event in the week of 2nd

  8. HarperCollins reserves the right to hold void, suspend, cancel, or amend the festival where it becomes necessary to do so.

  9. The entry instructions are part of the Terms and Conditions for this competition.

  10. By submitting authors to the festival you are agreeing to accept these Terms and Conditions. Any breach of these Terms and Conditions by you will (in the sole discretion of HarperCollins) mean that your entry will not be valid, and you will not be allowed to enter this competition.

  11. By submitting authors to the festival you are agreeing that, the author’s name may be a) used for the purpose of announcing the festival and/or b) in any related publicity by HarperCollins, without additional permission.

  12. Any personal information you give us will be used solely for this competition and will not be passed on to any other parties without your agreement. HarperCollins’ privacy policy can be found at:

  13. Under no circumstances will HarperCollins be responsible for any loss, damages, costs or expenses arising from or in any way connected with any errors, defects, interruptions, malfunctions or delays in the promotion of the festival

  14. HarperCollins reserves all rights to disqualify any entrant whose conduct is contrary to the spirit or intention of the competition.

  15. Insofar as is permitted by law, HarperCollins, its agents or distributors will not in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate anyone in connection with this competition or accept any liability to anyone for any loss, damage, personal injury or death occurring in connection with this competition or as a result of taking up the prize except where it is caused by the negligence of HarperCollins, its agents or distributors or that of their employees. Your statutory rights are not affected.

  16. The competition and its terms & conditions are governed exclusively by the laws of England and Wales. Any dispute relating to the competition shall be governed by the laws of England and Wales and will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

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