Short Story Contest

Tony Hillerman Mystery Short Story Contest

Sponsored by Wordharvest and the Albuquerque Journal

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 The story must be previously unpublished.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.

Deadline: All entries must be postmarked no later than August 15, 2015.

Mail to:
The Tony Hillerman Short Story Contest
PO Box 5858
Santa Fe, NM 87502

The Prize: The winning story will be published in the Albuquerque Journal, November 26 and 27, 2015.

The author will receive a $1,000 and two tickets to the awards ceremony at the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference, November 7, 2015 in Santa Fe at the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza.

Additional Information: Although the winner will be announced at the 2015 Tony Hillerman Writers Conference, you don’t have to attend the conference to enter or to win. The decision of the judges is final. No whining allowed. Please make a copy of your manuscript. Entries will not be returned and will be destroyed after the contest. Remember to include your email address on the cover sheet so you can be easily reached if we have questions. Please include a stamped, self-addressed post card if you want an acknowledgement that your story has been received.