May Mystery Month

At the Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas May 17th meeting, the Barbara Burnett Smith Mentoring Authors Foundation will present mystery author Jan Grape with the 2015 Sage Award, which is given to a mentor-author who demonstrates an outstanding spirit of service in mentoring, sharing and leading others in the mystery writing community.

Two new Aspiring Writers for the 2015 Barbara Burnett Smith Event, Jessie Winter, mentored by Susan Rogers Cooper, and Tresha Barger, mentored by Russ Hall, will also be honored. Susan Rogers Cooper will talk about Jan Grape’s mysteries and Karen MacInerney will speak about Barbara Burnett Smith’s books. Jan Grape will give the keynote address.

The May 17th meeting starts at 2:15 pm at the Yarborough branch of the Austin Public Library. Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter meetings present published mystery authors and technical experts who help writers craft better mysteries and readers enjoy what they read. Meetings are free and open to all.

Sisters in Crime is an international organization of women and men whose mission is to promote the professional development and advancement of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry.

For information contact: Joyce Arquette, Publicity (512) 266-6543.

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young adult, middle grade, and other mystery genres to submit the first 500 words and a 100-word synopsis of their unpublished manuscript to the Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers Project (BBSAWE).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 It is a wonderful opportunity for writers unpublished in the mystery field to be mentored by published authors and recognized by the Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter.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 Aspiring Writers (those unpublished in the mystery field) submit a 100-word synopsis and the first 500 words of a mystery short story or novel.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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Sisters in Crime ~ Heart of Texas chapter is an organization of mystery authors and readers. Our mission is to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers.

On this website are links to events, workshops, officers, authors, books, resources, and information on how to join the local chapter and the national group of Sisters in Crime.