New Jersey chapter of Sisters in Crime is running a contest. The theme is "Murder in the Melting Pot." Here's the specs:
Have a craving for mystery/suspense/thriller short stories that celebrate
the ethnic food scene? We sure do. The story must be about a crime (or the
threat of one) and be seasoned with plenty of ethnic flavor. So, stir up
trouble in a Caribbean jerk joint, an Indonesian noodle house, or a Middle
Eastern spot. Make your character a bartender in a genuine Irish pub, or a
waiter, dishwasher or hostess in a Mexican, Chinese, or Korean restaurant,
or a tourist at a sausage stand in Seaside Park. Maybe we'll get a craving
for your grandma's chicken and dumplings or your great grandmother's killer
pierogies. We want to experience murder and mayhem cooked up with an
ethnic food experience that will leave us craving more. Dish up your best!
Eligibility: Contest open to all
Word count: Up to 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes: First prize - $100. Second prize - $50 Third prize - $25
Guidelines - All stories must:
1. Be original, unpublished, and not submitted elsewhere at the time
2. Use standard manuscript format: 1" margins, Times New Roman 12
font, and double spacing.
3. Contain a title sheet with your name, address, email address and
phone number. Entries received with names and other identifying information
on the story manuscript will be disqualified..
4. Use running headings with the name of the story and the page
number in upper right hand corner on all pages other than the title sheet.
5. Include four (4) copies of the story.
6. Include an SASE for total cost of mailing if writer would like
7. Must be postmarked by March 25, 2009.
Winning entries announced at the GIVE ME A CLUE!
Sisters in Crime - Central Jersey Mystery Symposium on April 25, 2009
Winner need not be present to accept prize. All entries with an appropriate SASE will be mailed after the event.
Multiple submissions are okay. Each manuscript must be accompanied by the
$10 application fee. All decisions of the judges are final. Contest
entries will not be published and the author retains all rights.
Mail your check made out to Sisters in Crime - CJ and your submissions to:
Adele Polomski, Contest Coordinator
40 Brook Drive
Milltown, NJ 08850
The website is http://www.sinccj.org:80/id28.html