Short Story Mystery Contest:
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 We are looking for original unpublished mystery short stories; stand-alone adaptations from a longer manuscript are welcome.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: HWGPress@gmail.com 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
- Deadline to enter is July 31, 2015 at midnight CST.
- Questions about the contest? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Either email to HWGPress@gmail.com or fill out our Entry Form below:
Submit your entry below:
2015 HWG Annual Spring Contest Winners – Congratulations!
- Mainstream/Contemporary/Historical – Tim Chaney
- Memoir/Nonfiction – Monica Berry
- MG/YA – Shannon Gilroy Cook
- Mystery/Suspense/Thriller – Alice Garber
- Poetry – Kristen Jones
- Romance/Women’s Fiction – Catherine Johnson
- Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Paranormal – Kelly Colby
- Short Story – Frank Chambers