The Raven Mavens of the Coveted Dead Bird Event announce the 19th consecutive year of this contest. Winner receives an extraordinary trophy. Yes, an actual engraved trophy with a black bird on top, claws up. This is the first year the contest has occurred away from the San Joaquin chapter of Sisters in Crime, in order to open it up to the world. There is an entry fee: $8.00 for Sisters anywhere, and $12.00 for non-members, but think of that trophy! This year’s judge is Andrew MacRae.
The website is new and will be constantly updated for the mystery short story writer, so check often. This year’s theme is Death of the Party—as broad a use of party of any kind. Drop-dead deadline is July 18, 2015.
Website: http://deadbirdaward.wix.com/coveteddeadbird. (If you get an annoying message, double-click on follow link.) This is strictly a nonprofit entity. Entry fees go back into the kitty for prizes and trophies for next year’s prizes and so on. No previously published stories, please.