Posted by: Kathy Temean | April 25, 2010

Two No Fee Writing Contests




DEADLINE:  June 1, 2010

The Competition is open to any professional or non-professional
writer, regardless of nationality, who has never been the author
of a published mystery and is not under contract with a publisher
for publication of a mystery. Only one manuscript entry is permitted
per writer. All manuscripts submitted: a) must be original,
previously unpublished works of book length (no less than 220
typewritten pages or approximately 60,000 words) written in the
English language. Murder or another serious crime or crimes is
at the heart of the story and emphasis is on the solution rather
than the details of the crime. The story’s primary setting is the
Southwestern United States, including at least one of the following
states: Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas,
Southern California and/or Utah. If a winner is selected, St.
Martin’s Press will offer to enter into its standard form author’s
agreement with the entrant for publication of the winning manuscript.
After execution of the standard form authors’ agreement by both
parties, the winner will receive an advance against future royalties
of $10,000.



Deadline September 8, 2010.

Submit an original (written by entrant), fiction short story of no more than 2,500 words.
Legal residents of the 50 United States, and the District of
Columbia, 21 years of age or older are eligible to enter.

Grand Prize winner will receive $750, a gift certificate to one course of his or her choice, one-year
AvantGuild membership valued at $55 and a one-year
On Demand Videos membership valued at $160. Second Place winner will
receive $250, a one-year AvantGuild membership, and
a one-year on Demand Videos membership. Third Place
winner will receive $250 and a one-year AvantGuild

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