Al Blanchard Award Contest


There is NO entry fee, and you stand to win $100 cash award, publication in Level Best Books’ twelfth crime fiction anthology, admission to the Crime Bake Conference in November (the winner is not required to attend, however), and a handsome plaque.

The story must be a crime story by a New England author or with a New England setting for non-NE authors, previously unpublished in print or electronically (including your website), not more than 5,000 words in length, and may include the following genres: mystery, thriller, suspense, caper, and horror (with no torture/killing of children or animals).

For instructions on how to submit to this blind contest, visit:

If you are a New England author, you may submit the same story or stories (max of two) to Level Best Books; visit

Please note that they will consider previous submissions, provided they have seen them only ONCE before.