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2019 Six Word Mystery Contest

WHO CAN SUBMIT: Anyone 18 years or older.

WHAT TO SUBMIT: All submissions must be in English. Use only the keys on a standard, computer keyboard (upper/lower-case letters, numbers, punctuation, basic symbols). Emojis, special symbols and other images are not allowed. Use only grammatically plausible hyphenation; do not create compound words/phrases that would not normally be hyphenated (e.g., never-before-seen-assailant or gold-plated-butcher-knife). Use the “word count” feature on Word to determine the number of words, which must be exactly six.

WHEN TO SUBMIT: Entries open August 1, 2019. All entries must be received by midnight, October 31, 2019.

HOW TO SUBMIT: All entries must be submitted via online form through the RMMWA website. The entry fee is $6 to enter a mystery in one category or $10 to enter all five categories: Hard-boiled, Cozy, Thriller, Police Procedural, or a mystery with Romance & Lust. Be sure to place your category listing beside each entry. Any entry that is submitted without a category listing will be assigned a category by contest officials. Only five entries are allowed per $10 fee. If a writer wants to submit more than five entries, he/she must submit via the website and pay the additional fee of either $6 or $10 as noted above.

CONDITION OF SUBMISSION: The writer retains copyright of the work but gives RMMWA permission to publish the story on the Association’s website and newsletter and in the announcement of finalists and winners in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.

JUDGING SUBMISSIONS: The winners (overall and in each category) will be decided in a two-step process. 1. A panel of well-published and highly respected judges will select the top 5 stories in each category. 2. The top stories in each category will be put on a ballot and the winner decided by voting by those attending the RMMWA Mystery & Mistletoe holiday party on December 12 in Denver, Colorado.

PRIZES: The overall winner will receive $100. Winners in each of the five mystery categories will receive $25 gift cards to the Tattered Cover Bookstore and classic crime noir film DVDs.

Becky Clark New Release

The second book in Becky Clark’s Mystery Writer’s Mysteries, Foul Play On Words, launches on April 8. Here’s to a successful birth!

Kari Bovee New Release

The second novel in Kari Bovée’s Annie Oakley Mystery Series, Peccadillo at the Palace, comes out May 7.

Sue Hinkin New Release

Sue Hinkin’s Low Country Blood, number two in the Vega and Middleton mystery/thriller series, launches April 1.

Kris Neri New Release

Kris Neri’s latest novel, Hopscotch Life, a woman’s fiction novel about a quirky woman’s offbeat journey to self-acceptance, has been accepted for publication by Cherokee McGhee Publishing. Expected pub date is February 2020.

Catherine Dilts News

Catherine Dilts is a showcase author at the annual Mountain of Authors program in Colorado Springs. Other RMMWA members appearing are Shannon Lawrence and Barbara Nickless. This free event features presentations on writing and publishing, and local author book signings. Join us at the Pikes Peak Library District’s new facility on the north end of town, Library 21C, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80901 on Saturday, April 27, 11 am to 5 pm. Click for more info.

Barbara Nickless New Release

Ambush by Barbara Nickless was released on March 19th. This is the third book in the Sydney Parnell mystery series.



Jennifer Kincheloe and Barbara Nickless, June 16, 2019, 7:00pm

Book release party for The Body in Griffith Park and Ambush
Tattered Cover 
2526 E Colfax, Denver

Sue Hinkin and Mark Stevens, June 17, 2019, 7:00pm

Book launch: Low Country Blood and Garry Reilly’s Legend of Carl Draco
Tattered Cover 
2526 E Colfax, Denver

Barbara Nickless and John Stith, June 2, 2019, 7:00pm

Library 21C
1175 Chapel Hills Drive
Colorado Springs

Carter Wilson, July 9, 2019, 7:00pm

Book Launch for The Dead Girl in 2A
In conversation with
 Barbara Nickless
Tattered Cover Lodo
1701 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202

Carter Wilson, July 17, 2019, 6:00pm

Author reading and signing
Old Firehouse Books
232 Walnut St, Fort Collins, CO 80524

Carter Wilson, July 24, 2019, 7:30pm

Author reading and signing
Boulder Bookstore
1107 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302

Carter Wilson, July 28, 2019, 6:00pm

Author reading and signing
4280 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212