Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Market Call: Al Blanchard Award Contest: A resolution for 2017

Happy New Year, everyone!

This year, among your resolutions, I hope you’ll include one to make a submission to the Al Blanchard Short Crime Fiction Contest, which opened on January 1.

The prize includes a $100 cash award, publication in SNOWBOUND: THE BEST NEW ENGLAND CRIME STORIES 2017, and free admission to the Crime Bake Conference in November, and a handsome plaque. (The winner is not required to attend the conference.)
Your story or stories (limit of two per author) must be: a crime story by a New England author or with a New England setting for non-New England authors; previously unpublished (in print or electronically, including author websites); no more than 5,000 words in length; and may include the following genres: mystery, thriller, suspense, caper, and horror. (No torture/killing of children or animals.) The judges will consider previous submissions, provided they have not been published in the meantime, and that we have only seen them ONCE before.

For instructions on how to submit, visit The same stories may be submitted to Level Best, but this is a separate submission process. For their guidelines, visit

There is no entry fee, and the deadline for the contest is midnight, April 30, 2017.

Good luck!


Leslie Wheeler,
Chair, Al Blanchard Award Contest Committee
Author of Miranda Lewis “living history” mysteries

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