Short Story Mystery Contest

SHORT MYSTERY STORY CONTEST, 2013

This year’s contest is now complete, and the winners notified.  Thank you for entering!

First Prize: $100

Second Prize: $50

Third Prize: $35

Contest Guidelines

  • Contest open to Canadian citizens or those resident in Canada and not previously published in the mystery or crime fiction genre.
  • Previous 1st place winners are ineligible.
  • Only one story per author per year
  • Submission deadline May 25th, 2013
  • Send submission as MSWord or RTF attachment by email to contest@sceneofthecrime.ca.
  • In order to facilitate blind judging, include a cover page with author name, address, phone number and email address.
  • The full title of the story must appear on both the cover sheet and every page of the story. Each page must be numbered.
  • Story must be in English and must not exceed 3500 words
  • Stories must be original and unpublished
  • Stories must be fiction and a mystery (crime, suspense, private eye, etc.).
  • No changes will be allowed to a story once it has been received.
  • Winners will be notified by email on or before June 30, 2013.
  • Results will be posted on the Scene of the Crime website.
  • If you wish your story to be critiqued by a professional author and editor, please send a cheque for $10 made out to Scene of the Crime Festival to: Short Story Contest, P.O. Box 28, Wolfe Island, Ontario, K0H 2Y0. Please identify yourself and your story.

FURTHER INFORMATION:          www.sceneofthecrime.ca

2012 Short Story Contest Winners:

1st Prize: Mischief,
by Kelly Quinn of Ottawa, ON.

Mischief was a chilling and tightly written family tale, with an almost Roald Dahl-esque nastiness.

2nd Prize: The Beret and the Bank,
by Wynn Quon of Ottawa, ON.

The Beret and the Bank was a terrific spin on the bank caper, with fascinating technical details and a clever double-cross.

3rd Prize: Ginger Cates Garden,
by Denis St. Jean of Ottawa, ON.

Ginger Cate’s Garden was a well-rounded, understated tale with an original twist on a classic theme..
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2011  Short Story Contest Winners
Learn about the winners of the the 2011 Scene of the Crime Short Mystery Story Contest.

2010  Short Story Contest Winners
Results of the 2010 Scene of the Crime Short Mystery Story Contest.

2009   Short Story Contest Winners
Details of the 2009 Short Mystery Story Contest winners.

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2 Comments on “Short Story Mystery Contest”

  1. Is there information available about the 2013 contest?

    • vickidelany says:

      Hi, Deborah. I was just updating the web page and saw your message. The contest will not be open until February. However if you want to get working on your story, the guidelines will be the same as always:
      • Only one story per author per year
      • Story must be in English and must not exceed 3500 words
      • Stories must be original and unpublished
      • Stories must be fiction and a mystery (crime, suspense, private eye, etc.).


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