Wednesday, April 21, 2010

2010 Hillerman Mystery Competition Entry Deadline is June 1st

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We're not sure when this was first announced, but there are only 6 weeks left to submit your manuscript for consideration in the 2010 Hillerman Mystery Competition.

Sponsored by the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference (THWC) and St. Martin's Press, 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 All manuscripts submitted must be original, previously unpublished works of book length (no less than 220 typewritten pages or approximately 60,000 words) written in the English language by the entrant, must not violate any right of any third party or be libelous; and must generally follow the guidelines below:

• 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.

Nominees will be selected by judges chosen by the editorial staff of St. Martin's Press, with the assistance of organizers of the THWC, and the winner will be chosen by St. Martin's editors. The decision of the editors as to the winner of the competition will be final. St. Martin's reserves the right not to select any winner if, in the sole opinion of the editors, none of the manuscripts submitted are of publishable quality.

Manuscripts must be received by June 1st, 2010. See the competition website for more information, including the complete rules and guidelines, and where to submit your entry.

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