Short Story Contest!

The Mesdames of Mayhem are holding their second short story contest for unpublished Canadian crime fiction writers. The winning story will be published in the Mesdames’ fourth anthology, In the Key of Thirteen, in 2019. This is a terrific opportunity to become a published fiction writer!

Entries must be about a crime — a murder or a significant theft or a scam.

Music is the theme of all the stories in the anthology — hence the title, In the Key of Thirteen. Contest entries must be based on a work or works or music, or the words of a song. Music from any time period is permitted. But please note that song lyrics are under copyright and cannot be quoted in a story unless permission has been received from the songwriter. And this can be expensive.

Stories should run between 2,000 and 5,000 words.

Stories will be judged blind, so no personal identifiers are permitted anywhere in the header, footer or body of the story. Include the story title and page number in the document header on each page.  Story file in .rtf format, double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 point and one-inch margins.

Maximum of two submissions per writer. All submissions must be electronic. Deadline is March 1, 2019, so you have five full months to write a story.

Send submissions to

The winning author must sign a contract with Carrick Publishing. Royalties will be shared equally between all contributors to the anthology after the publisher’s expenses are recovered.

Good luck!

About rosemarymccracken

Rosemary McCracken is a Toronto-based fiction writer.
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