Free Mystery Writers Writing Contest


Interested, anyone? Good luck!

P.M. Dooling

Writing contests can be a great way to both – 1) hone your writing skills AND 2) make a little extra money. Personally, I only ever enter free writing contests. As a struggling writer I just can’t go around paying a lot of entry fees – I need to eat and pay rent and enjoy going to the movies and Applebees Happy Hour every once in awhile.

This free writing contest is called The Black Orchid Novella Award. Sponsored by the Wolfe Pack and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. It is for mystery/crime story novella writers and seems pretty legit – with a winning prize of $1,ooo and publication in the magazine. If you write this kind of genre and are up for the challenge – GO FOR IT! Below are listed some of the rules and guidelines.

General Procedures:

  • Entries must be 15,000 to 20,000 words in length, and submitted…

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