Short Story Mystery Contest:

-Closed – Results from this contest will be presented at the December 3, 2015 HWG Holiday Social.  Details below.

HWG Mystery/Suspense Anthology Book Launch and Holiday Social

Thursday, December 3rd from 7:00pm-10:00pm
Holiday Party Location:  Kelvin Arms

2424 Dunstan Rd, Houston, TX 77005
(713) 528-4739
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm


This Contest is open for submission from April 25 through July 31 to both members and non-members. We are looking for original unpublished mystery short stories; stand-alone adaptations from a longer manuscript are welcome.  Winners will receive award money (see below), be published in the first HWG Press Anthology, and as always, all entries will receive a full critique.  HWG judges will be selected from a list of volunteer Editors.


• Entry fee: $25 HWG members / $35 non-members / $20 students, seniors (US funds paid through PayPal or by check to HWG, P.O. Box 42255, Houston, TX 77242)

• Multiple entries: Authors may submit up to 3 short stories for consideration in the contest. $15 HWG members / $25 non-members / $10 students, seniors for subsequent entries.


Each entry may not exceed 5,000 words in length and be submitted as a word document with the following guidelines:

• One inch margins, double spaced, Times New Roman font size 12 pt.
• In the header: Title of story
• File name should be: Title of Story
• Author’s name must not appear in the submission
• A cover page in its own separate file should be sent in word with the following:
• Title of Story
• Author’s Name
• Author’s Contact information – mailing address, phone number, email
• Indicate if this is an original short story or an adaptation from a full manuscript

Send these two documents to: by midnight June 30th and indicate if you are mailing in your entry fee or wish to be sent a PayPal invoice.


• First Prize = $100
• Second Prize = $75
• Third Prize = $50

Top 10 stories will appear in the new Guild anthology, Dive Into Mystery.

How to Enter

Email to


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