2018 Crime Fiction Contest

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Crime fiction is the genre of fiction that deals with crimes, their detection, criminals, and their motives.

Most—though not all—crime novels share a common structure.

First there is the crime, usually a murder, then there is the investigation, and finally the outcome or judgement, often in the shape of the criminal's arrest or death.

For the purpose of this contest, since 2,500 words is the max, your story does not need to include the final outcome or how the crime is solved, but should:

  • introduce your main character: the detective, private investigator, amateur sleuth, or whoever will solve the crime
  • introduce any important side characters, and the crime to be solved
  • Create an atmosphere of suspense, an aura of mystery, make the crime so intriguing it will pique our interest and make us want to read more!

PRIZES:

First prize:
In addition to the $100 prize, the top winner gets a half-price scholarship to the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference
August 2 – 4, 2018
PLUS
a 10-page manuscript critique by NY Times bestselling crime author 
John Lescroart

Second prize: $50

Third prize: $25

*In addition to the cash awards, every winner receives a certificate.

 

Winning stories will be published online.
The first-place story is published in winners' flier.

Winners announced:

Sunday, April 8, 2018

at the Redwood Writers
general membership meeting
2-4:30 p.m.
Flamingo Hotel
Santa Rosa

DETAILS:

ENTRIES:

In addition to all Redwood Writers members, the contest is open to:
• All CWC members, regardless of residence.
• Non-member residents of Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt and Solano counties.

DATES:

Submission dates:

Open: Sunday, January 14, 2018
Close: Sunday, February 25, 2018, at 9 p.m.

CLICK HERE TO OPEN THE CRIME FICTION CONTEST FLIER

ENTRY FEE:

California Writers Club
Members:

$8

Non-members:

$12

(Not a member yet?
Click here to find out why you should join the Redwood Writers.)

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Need inspiration?

Visit the Redwood Writers Crime Fiction Contest Pinterest board to discover gruesome facts and sharp tools to help you write the perfect crime story. While you're there, don't miss the many other helpful boards, including Creating Characters, A Writer's Prescription, and Writing Scenes.

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RULES

Please observe the following contest rules; otherwise, your entry may be disqualified.

  • DO NOT place your name or contact information anywhere on your submission. This is a blind judging.
  • Submit as a PDF, doc, or docx.
  • Wordcount: No more than 2,500 words.
  • Work must be previously unpublished by a traditional publisher.
  • Self-published works and excerpts from larger works are acceptable.
  • Format: Manuscripts must be double-spaced and use 12-pointTimes New Roman font.
  • Number the pages, top right.
  • Only ONE submission per entrant.
  • Please use the online form to submit your entry and payment. Only submissions uploaded via the online form will be accepted for judging.
  • Immediate family members of judges and chairs of this contest are not eligible to submit.
  • Upon submission, if you choose to pay with a check, please make check out to "CWC Redwood," and write "Crime Fiction Contest" on the memo line.
    Please mail check to:
    Redwood Writers
    P.O. Box 4687
    Santa Rosa, CA 95402

Questions should be addressed to:
[email protected].

JUDGES

ADAM DONALDSON POWELL

Adam-Donaldson-Powell

Adam Donaldson Powell is a multilingual author, literary critic, art photography critic, and a professional visual artist. He has published several literary books, including collections of poetry, short stories, and novellas, two science fiction novels, and essays.

Adam’s book Gaytude, co-authored with Albert Russo, won the 2009 National Indie Excellence Award in the category gay/lesbian non-fiction, and he is the winner of the Azsacra International Poetry Award in 2008. He writes in English, Spanish, French and Norwegian.

JOSH DARLING

Josh-Darling

Josh Darling works as both an editor and ghostwriter of crime and horror fiction. His poems and short stories can be found in numerous anthologies.

His debut novel, Hollywood Blackheart, is slated for publication in 2018.

ANA BRAZIL

Ana-Brazil

Ana Brazil is the author of the New Orleans historic mystery Fanny Newcomb and the Irish Channel Ripper (Sand Hill Review Press). She earned her master's degree in American history from Florida State University and traveled her way through Mississippi as an architectural historian. Ana worked as a technical writer and editor for many years and is now writing historical fiction full time.

Ana and her husband live in beautiful Oakland, California.

CHAIR

ROGER DeBEERS

Roger-DeBeers

Roger DeBeers, Sr., a former Marine enlisted and U.S. Army officer, has a master's in English and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Goddard College. His varied background as a college English instructor, commercial pilot, flight instructor, remodeling contractor, business manager, single custodial parent, and medical courier lends to the richness of his writing. "Murder is Forever" is his first book.

Email questions and comments to [email protected]

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