Secretary of the Board
Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America
Renowned panel of judges announced for Six-Word Mystery Contest
DENVER, October 25, 2017 – The Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America (RMMWA) today announced an award-winning and renowned panel of judges for RMMWA inaugural six-word mystery contest.
Judging entries in the contest will be The Denver Post’s Features Editor Jenn Fields; New York Times best-selling author Anne Hillerman; award-winning author, lawyer and activist Manuel Ramos; Tattered Cover Book Store owner and author Len Vlahos; and literary agent Terrie Wolf, owner of the AKA Literary Management agency.
The contest opened October 1 and final deadline to enter is midnight, November 26. Six-word novels can be entered in one or all five of the following categories: Hard Boiled or Noir; Cozy Mystery; Thriller Mystery; Police Procedural Mystery; and/or Romance and Lust.
Cost to enter the contest is $6 per entry (just $1 per word); or $10 to enter six-word mysteries in all five categories. The grand prize winner will receive $100 in cash. Finalists in other categories will receive valuable gift cards to Tattered Cover and will be featured on the RMMWA website. The Six-Word Mystery Contest is open to all adults 18 and over. No residency requirements.
Finalists will be invited to read their entries at the chapter’s annual Mystery & Mistletoe Holiday Party, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., December 13, 2017, at the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver, CO 80203. The winners will be voted on by those attending and announced that evening.
According to legend, the first six-word novel was born in the 1920s when Ernest Hemingway at New York’s Algonquin Hotel or Luchow’s restaurant (depending on whom you ask) won a $10 bet by writing a six-word story. His dark and dramatic submission was: “For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn.” Urban legend or no, memorable, heartbreaking and sublime six-word stories have been penned ever since.
For more information about the contest and how to enter, please visit www.rmmwa.org.
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ABOUT MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA
Mystery Writers of America is a nonprofit professional organization of mystery and crime writers, editors, publishers, and other professionals in the mystery field.
MWA watches developments in legislation and tax law, sponsors symposia and mystery conferences, presents the Edgar® Awards, and provides information for mystery writers. Membership in MWA is open to published authors, editors, screenwriters, and other professionals in the field.
The Rocky Mountain Chapter represents member writers in Colorado, Wyoming, Arizona, New Mexico and Montana. The Rocky Mountain Chapter meets monthly and provides educational presentations by subject matter experts on topics related to crime, law enforcement, investigative, forensic, medical and legal issues among others; and often sponsors special events of interest to mystery writers in the region.