Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers Project

Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter calls on all aspiring writers of cozies, thrillers, true crime, noir, young adult, middle grade, and other mystery genres to submit the first 500 words and a 100-word synopsis of their unpublished manuscript to the Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers Project (BBSAWE). The submission deadline is March 31, 2015.

This is not a contest – there is no judging and no fee. It is a wonderful opportunity for writers unpublished in the mystery field to be mentored by published authors and recognized by the Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter.

Submission Guidelines

  1. Aspiring Writers (those unpublished in the mystery field) submit a 100-word synopsis and the first 500 words of a mystery short story or novel.
  2. Entries must be in standard submission format: 12-point Times New Roman or Courier New font, double-spaced, with one-inch margins.
  3. One submission per person.
  4. Aspiring Writers will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the number of mentors available, so submit early.
  5. Deadline to submit: March 31, 2015.
  6. Entry Fee: None.
  7. Aspiring Writers and mentors must attend the Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers Event to be held Sunday, May 17, 2015, at the Yarborough library in Austin, Texas.


Email entries, questions about submission guidelines or other concerns to Gale Albright at

To submit your entry, use the subject line: BBS ENTRY.

Include: Name, mailing address, email address and phone number.

Attach: One document with the synopsis (100 words, maximum) on the first page and then the first 500 words of the manuscript on the following pages. At the top of each page, note the year, the name of the Aspiring Writer and the story name.

Good luck!

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