SlaughterFest returns for second year in September

SlaughterFest returns for second year in September

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.