Al Blanchard Short Crime Fiction Contest – Deadline: April 30

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The 2015 Al Blanchard Short Crime Fiction Contest opened January 1 and runs for the next four months. Don’t miss this opportunity to win a cash prize of $100, publication in Level Best Books’ thirteenth anthology of crime stories by New England authors, free admission to the Crime Bake Conference, and a handsome plaque. Although the award is presented at the Crime Bake in November, the winner is not required to attend.

Story must be a crime story by a New England author or with a New England setting for non-New England authors; previously unpublished in print or electronically, including author websites; no more than 5,000 words in length; and may include the following genres: mystery, thriller, suspense, caper, and horror (no torture/killing of children or animals).

For guidelines on how to submit, visit www.crimebake.org/Al.htm. New England authors may submit the same story or stories (maximum of two submissions per author) to Level Best Books. For their guidelines, visit www.levelbestbooks.com. Judges will consider previous submissions, provided they have not been published in the meantime, and if judges have seen them only ONCE before.

There is no entry fee, and the deadline is midnight, April 30, 2015.

Leslie Wheeler, Chair, Al Blanchard Award Contest lesliewheeler@comcast.net

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