Smith’s manuscript THE FOURTH COURIER is a current Top 10 Finalist in the 2017 Launch Pad Manuscript Competition, which is slated to announce its grand prize winners on Oct. 17.
Described as A Most Wanted Man meets Bridge of Spies, the story follows an FBI agent who’s brought to Warsaw in 1992 to investigate a series of murders that seem to be connected to smuggled nuclear material from the collapsing Soviet Union. When he learns that a Russian physicist who designed a portable atomic bomb has disappeared, the race is on to find him and the bomb before it ends up in the wrong hands.
The story delivers an effortlessly stunning depiction of early ’90s Poland and masterfully portrays the fascinating mixture of hope, corruption and anarchy that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Smith has won a number of top honors for his novels, screenplays and stage plays. He won the Paris Prize for Fiction (now the Paris Literary Prize) for his novel A Vision of Angels. Kirkus Reviews called his second novel, Cooper’s Promise, “literary dynamite,” and selected it as one of the Best Books of 2012. Meanwhile, Fire on the Island was a finalist for the 2016 Faulkner-Wisdom Prize for unpublished novels.
Smith has also been nominated for the 2018 Pushcart Prize, and his short story Gaza Journal is a finalist for the 2017 Exeter Story Prize. His stage play How High the Moon won the esteemed Stanley Drama Award, and his screenplays have won competitions sponsored by the American Screenwriters Association, Fresh Voices, StoryPros, and many more. He is also the founder of the Smith Prize for Political Theater.
Smith will be shepherd by literary book agent Mark Gottlieb, who has ranked #1 among agents on Publishers Marketplace in Overall Deals. With a keen eye for identifying talented writers, Gottlieb also offers diverse industry experience and a vast knowledge of foreign and audio rights, having previously worked at Berkley Books (Penguin). New York-based Trident Media Group represents over 1,000 bestselling and emerging authors across a range of genres.
Tracking Board Staff