Contests

Short Story Mystery Contest:

-Closed – 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 We are looking for original unpublished mystery short stories; stand-alone adaptations from a longer manuscript are welcome.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.

Fees:

• 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.

Formatting:

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.

Prizes:

• 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

Either email to HWGPress@gmail.com or fill out our Entry Form below:

Submit your entry below:

HWG Contest Entry Form
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Formatting:

  • 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
Author’s name must NOT appear anywhere on pages submitted. Failure to follow the contest rules and formatting guidelines will result in disqualification and forfeiture of entry fee.

Acceptable file types: doc,docx,pdf,txt,gif,jpg,jpeg,png.
Maximum file size: 1mb.

ONCE YOU HAVE SUBMITTED YOUR ENTRY (OR ENTRIES), YOU WILL BE TAKEN TO OUR PAYMENT PAGE.

 


2015 HWG Annual Spring Contest Winners – Congratulations!

  • Mainstream/Contemporary/HistoricalTim Chaney
  • Memoir/NonfictionMonica Berry
  • MG/YAShannon Gilroy Cook
  • Mystery/Suspense/ThrillerAlice Garber
  • PoetryKristen Jones
  • Romance/Women’s FictionCatherine Johnson
  • Sci-Fi/Fantasy/ParanormalKelly Colby
  • Short StoryFrank Chambers
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