2015 Tony Hillerman 
Mystery Short Story Contest

What we are looking for: Your best mystery short story, set primarily in New Mexico. We are seeking compelling, original, well-written stories that have not been previously published.

Submission details: Mystery short stories that are 2,500 words or less, written in English, and set primarily in New Mexico. The story must be previously unpublished. Submissions must be typed, single-sided, double-spaced. Please insert page numbers and the short story title ONLY on each page. Submissions must include a separate cover sheet with title, word count, writer’s name, address, phone number, and email address.

Fee: Each entry must be accompanied by a check (drawn on a US bank in US dollars) or money order (in US dollars) for $20 payable to WORDHARVEST. Multiple entries by the same writer are allowed. Want a critique from the contest judge? Add $100 per story.

Sponsored by Wordharvest and the Albuquerque Journal

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What is Wordharvest?

Founded by Anne Hillerman and Jean Schaumberg in 2001, WORDHARVEST is devoted to the art and craft of writing. From our headquarters in Santa Fe, New Mexico, we celebrate the legacy of iconic mystery author Tony Hillerman with the Tony Hillerman Prize for first mystery novel, and the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference, a  three-day workshop offering how-to advice on writing techniques and the business of writing. Session topics range from publishing e-books to writing fiction and non-fiction. The Conference provides an intimate environment to get feedback and critiques about your writing, network with literary agents and editors, and find writing inspiration.

Looking for information about the Tony Hillerman Prize? Visit our new page or check here.

Watch this video to learn more about Wordharvest.



Thursday Pre-Conference Workshops feature two dynamic presentations:

  • The Anatomy of Engaging Stories: Elements That Make Readers Keep Reading, with Bill O’Hanlon
  • The Language of Liars, with Lucinda Schroeder

New this year is “Coffee, Croissants, and Critiques.” Register and join five other writers and a mentor – a seasoned conference presenter – for a round-table critique session.

Anne Hillerman will be joined by Dawn Wink and Jann Arrington Wolcott as MCs introducing conference presenters.

First time presenters include authors Pat Mora, Chuck Greaves, John Fortunato, Justin Golding, Hakim Bellamy, and Robert Nott; author /publisher Annette Chaudet; publishers rep. Katy Hershberger; and  local radio personality Mary-Charlotte Domandi.

We are excited to be working again with this great group of presenters: David Morrell, Hampton Sides, Lucinda Schroeder, Bill O’Hanlon, Steve Brewer, James McGrath Morris, Peter Joseph, and Liz Trupin-Pulli

Video From Our Founders.

Watch founders Anne Hillerman and Jean Schaumberg as they talk about how the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference began, and the new and exciting additions to this years program.