Mystery and Mistletoe, Dec. 13, 2018

Mystery and Mistletoe

RSVP by Monday, December 10

Price: $10. Includes dinner and presentation
CADA, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver

Mystery & Mistletoe is back for another round of holiday cheer and delicious food.

The night will also include member readings as well as voting for and announcements of winners in the RMMWA’s Six-Word Mystery Contest!

Until next meeting








The Second Annual Six-Word Mystery Contest is now closed.

Renowned panel of judges announced for Second Annual Six-Word Mystery Contest

DENVER, October 25, 2018 – The Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America (RMMWA) today announced an award-winning and renowned panel of judges for RMMWA’s second annual six-word mystery contest. 

Judges for this year’s contest include Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Editor Linda Landrigan; 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. 

Contest judges will chose the top five entries in the following six-word mystery categories: Hard Boiled or Noir; Cozy; Thriller; Police Procedural; and Romance or Lust.

The category winners and overall winner will be decided by secret ballot voting among RMMWA members attending the chapter’s annual Mystery & Mistletoe Holiday Party, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., December 13, 2018, at the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver, CO 80203. The winners will be announced that evening.

The contest opened October 1. The deadline to enter is midnight, November 1. Six-word stories can be entered in one or all five of the above-mention categories.  Last year’s overall winner was in the Thriller category: “Eyes so lovely I kept them” by Cindy Marsh.

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 all winners will be featured on the RMMWA website. The Six-Word Mystery Contest is open to all adults 18 and over. No residency requirements. 

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.

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