Writers who can boil down a mystery into a half-dozen words are invited to enter the annual Six-Word Mystery Contest sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America (RMMWA).
Six-word “whodunits” can be entered in one or all five of the following categories: Thriller, Cozy, Romance and Lust, Police Procedural, and Hard Boiled/Noir. See more information about the categories here.
The Six-Word Mystery Contest is open to all adults 18 and over. There are no residency requirements. Entries must be received by midnight, October 8, 2020
The contest entry fee is $6 for one entry (just $1 per word!); or $10 to enter six-word mysteries in all five categories. The grand prize winner will receive $100 in cold, hard cash. Winners in all other categories will receive $25 gift certificates, and all winners and finalists will be featured in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, on our RMMWA website, and in our popular newsletter, Deadlines.
Finalists will be invited to the chapter’s annual Mystery & Mistletoe Holiday Party in December.
Can you write a whodunit in six words?
There are short stories. Then there are really short stories of only six words. Writers who can boil down a mystery into a half-dozen words are encouraged to enter the fifth annual Six-Word Mystery Contest sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America (RMMWA).
The contest opens September 1, 2021 with instructions posted here at www.rmmwa.org. Entries must be received by midnight, Oct. 8, 2021, MST. Six-word “whodunits” 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 a mystery with Romance or Lust. The Six-Word Mystery Contest is open to all adults 18 and over. No residency requirements.
Saturday, July 24, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Headquarters
13101 Broncos Parkway, Centennial CO
It’s time to gather! Come join us for what promises to be a fun and informative day! RMMWA, in conjunction with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s office, is hosting Body in the Park. Captain Steve Rolen and his criminal investigation team will take us through the investigation of a crime scene from the time a body is found until the case is complete. Who’s in charge of what and how is the scene protected? Who collects the evidence and how is it processed? What special equipment and techniques are used? Captain Steve Rolen and his team will walk us through it all and have us participate in the process. In the afternoon, he’ll also present an interesting case study followed by open Q&A. So come ready with all your burning questions.
Registration for this event is now closed. Please watch RMMWA.org for news of future events!
Enter here starting September 15th
Writers who can boil down a mystery into a half-dozen words are encouraged to enter the fourth annual Six-Word Mystery Contest sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America (RMMWA).
The contest opens September 15, 2020, when instructions and entry forms will be posted here at RMMWA.org. Entries must be received by midnight, Oct. 31, 2020. Six-word “whodunits” 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 a mystery with Romance or Lust. The Six-Word Mystery Contest is open to all adults 18 and over. No residency requirements.
Award-winning author and RMMWA Chapter President Margaret Mizushima said, “This is a fun way to boil down your intriguing mystery in six words and be judged by professional writers and agents. Writers from across the nation and Australia have entered our previous contests. We’re excited to see what creative entries we receive this year.”
“Mystery Writers of America does not support or tolerate discrimination of any kind. We stand proudly with our Black members, and implore our entire membership to start listening, speaking out, and amplifying the voices that have been silenced for far too long. Listening leads to understanding, and action leads to change. We cannot move forward as a society or culture without recognizing the disparities that permeate both.”
The complete text of this statement, and suggestions on how to get involved, can be found on the MWA national site.
In lieu of our regular monthly meeting, RMMWA will host an all-virtual meeting and discussion at 7:00 p.m. (MDT) on April 9, 2020. Please join us by clicking on this link: https://zoom.us/j/7382355238
- If Zoom isn’t already on your system, you’ll be asked to sign up for a FREE Zoom account.
- If asked for a meeting ID number, enter
- If asked for a password, please enter: 671066
- If you wish to just phone in and listen, dial:
If you need assistance getting into the meeting, send an email to: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and either Chris or Margaret will try to assist you.
We hope to see you on April 9!
With regret, RMMWA has decided to cancel our monthly meeting previously scheduled for April 9. Though the camaraderie and education that our meeting provides are important to us, we’re also committed to the well-being of our members and guests, and we encourage our community to follow CDC and state guidelines for mitigating spread of COVID-19.
We hope to reschedule our speaker for later this year, and we’ll keep you posted on the status of future meetings through the MWA-RM@groups.io communication loop, and through our newsletter, website, and social media.
We hope to be able to come together as a group again soon. If you have any questions, please reach me at email@example.com.
Margaret Mizushima, Chapter President