Sisters in Crime ~ Heart of Texas Chapter

Promoting Women Crime Writers

Rules and Guidelines

 

(Dates and Contacts to Be Announced)

Sisters in Crime ~ Heart of Texas Chapter calls on all aspiring writers of cozies, thrillers, true crime, and other mystery genres to submit the first 500 words and a one-page synopsis of their unpublished manuscript to the Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers Project.

Six entries will be chosen and matched with a published author-mentor for one-on-one sessions and recognition at the Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers Event in May of each year.

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 It is a wonderful opportunity for writers unpublished in the mystery field to be mentored by published authors and recognized by the Heart of Texas chapter.

All aspiring writers MUST attend the Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers Event to be held the third Sunday in May in Austin.

Entries are accepted by e-mail.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  1. Aspiring Writers (those unpublished in the mystery field) submit a 100 word (maximum) synopsis and the first 500 words of a mystery short story or novel.

  2. Entries should 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. There are a limited number of Aspiring Writer slots available, so submit early.

  5. Deadline to submit: TBA

  6. Entry Fee: None

  7. All Aspiring Writers MUST attend the Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers Event to be held the third Sunday in May in Austin, Texas.

  8. Those chosen as Aspiring Writers will receive one or more Mentor Author e-mails prior to the Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers Event, a 30-minute one-on-one session with a Mentor Author (an author published in the mystery field) at the BBSAWE, and comments on the submission.

  9. At the BBSAWE, each Aspiring Writer is invited to ask his/her Mentors Authors questions about the submitted work and the publishing business.

Send entries to: TBA
Subject Line:
 BBSAWP entry
Include: Name, mailing address, email address and phone number
Attach: One document with the synopsis (100 word max) 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 name of the story.

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