2017 WINNER: Phaistos Paragon by Nate Granzow
Congratulations to Nate on becoming a Grandmaster!
Personally selected by Dirk Cussler from a field of excellent entries, Nate Granzow shows that perseverence pays! "Already a celebrated novelist, Nate was a finalist is 2014 with "Cogar's Revolt". Now, he proves he always was a Grandmaster!" said Peter Greene, AWC Director. "And now we have yet another type of adventure winner in our history: thrill rides, mystery, action and a lot of humor! The Phaistos Paragon is a great read. Amazing."
Nate was joined at the ceremony by finalists Dominick Venezia (Minidoka Legacy) and Eric Wentz (Piercing the Veil). Again, the ceremony took place during the Clive Cussler Collector's Society festivities at the Cussler Museum, in Colorado.
John Thomas Everett
Book: Maseah Mountain
Congratulations to John on his win!
"It was another fantastic set of entries, and John's exciting tale of a man in the wilderness looking for salvation within the shadow of the Bitterroot Mountains was exciting, uplifting and beautiful," said Peter Greene, AWC Director.
John was joined at the ceremony by finalists John Monteith (Rouge Fortress) and Ken Barnett (Skeletons of Weavers Needle). Dirk Cussler awarded the "Clive", the AWC's Grand Master Award at the closing festivities of the Clive Cussler Collector's Society's 2016 Convention in Denver. See the AWC's interview with John!
Book: The Kingdom of the Air
Amazing tale: In route to the 2015 award ceremony, C.T. and one of his sons suffered a horrible auto accident and we hospitalized for months! Unable to make it to the competition, we were all happy to hear that within a few weeks, both Father and son were in recover and now are back at life, full force. Many judges, Collector's society members and entrants went out of their way to send crazy GET WELL photos.
"I will pay his book the highest compliment I can by saying I wish I had written this book myself!" - Jeff Edwards
Book: Blood of my Blood (2014 AWC winner)
"Blood of My Blood is a tense border thriller that will keep your heart pounding to the very last page." -- DIRK CUSSLER
Book: Warship Poseidon
"A robust story of a young lad in the British navy during the Nelson years. A thorough insight and beautiful portrait of those days under wind blown sails and the creak of wooden hulls. Peter Greene has created a story that shines from every page. An excellent book. He truly nails an insight of nineteenth century sailing ships and their crews." -- CLIVE CUSSLER
Greene has also penned Castle of Fire (IAN Winner for best Fiction in 2016) and Paladin's War. That completes the Adventures of Jonathan Moore series.
Books: The Russian Renaissance (2010- AWC winner), and The Collaborator.
"A high-octane, intellectually gratifying experience ... Utterly fascinating." -- STEVEN KONKOLY, #1 bestselling author of Black Flagged and The Perseid Collapse series.
Books: Sea of Shadows (2008 AWC winner), The Seventh Angel, Sword of Shiva, and Dome City Blues.
"Here is a writer at the top of his game. The result is a brilliant techno-thriller, the kind a young Clancy would be proud to call his own." -- HOMER HICKAM, Bestselling author of Rocket Boys.
The "Clive" is here!
October 10, 2015: from a secret installation somewhere in the ice-capped mountains of the world-wide web...past winner Jeff Edwards (2008) plotted with Clive Cussler (a.k.a. the Grandmaster) to create a new trophy for the Adventure Writer's Competition's Grandmaster Award, nicknamed "the Clive". Here it is (left). It was first awarded to C.T. Wells for his book "The Kingdom of the Air" at the Clive Cussler Collector's Society's convention held October 10 - 12, 2015 in Las Vegas.
History of the Adventure Writer’s Competition
by Kerry Frey
The Adventure Writer’s Competition started as a short-story competition on the old Simon & Schuster Forum for Clive Cussler fans. The competition entry had to include an original story and characters, and could not contain any references to Clive Cussler characters or story lines. In 2004, Kerry Frey won the first competition with his short story Power Fade starring his hero Ace Roberts. There was no monetary or literary recognition for the award, but it did allow fans of Cussler who had aspirations to write to be seen by the thousands who frequented the popular forum.
From that original competition, Frey and members of the forum expanded the format to include Novel Length & Short-Story categories and named the competition The Literary Idol Competition. The competition spanned two years with winners announced in 2005 (Michael Shriver) and 2006 (Pete Ragan). Again, no monetary or literary recognition was awarded, but the popularity of the competition grew, as did the number of fans who followed it.
In 2007, the Clive Cussler Collector’s Society approached Frey to take the competition to the next level by renaming the contest – The Adventure Writer’s Competition – sponsored by the Clive Cussler Collector’s Society, adding a one thousand dollar monetary award, and assuring that the winner’s manuscript would be viewed by a literary agent. Frey ran the competition for seven years with winners to date including: Jeff Edwards in 2008, Ian Kharitonov in 2010, Peter Greene in 2012, and Scott Slater in 2014. Judges have included New York Times Bestselling authors, prior winners, and members of the Clive Cussler Collector’s Society. Since the inception of The Adventure Writer’s Competition, the winners have sold over four hundred thousand books worldwide, quite an accomplishment for a little competition that started off by a few fans of the old Grandmaster of Adventure – Clive Cussler.
In October 2014, Frey handed the reins of the competition over to 2012 winner Peter Greene. The enhancements you see today will hopefully entice writers worldwide to enter future competitions with the hope to one day become the next Grandmaster of Adventure.
Thanks to Kerry Frey for this history and for giving me the opportunity to manage the competition. I stand on the shoulders of a giant. - Peter Greene
Check out Kerry's Ace Roberts Action series!