Dutton Guilt-Edged Mysteries wants modern crime and detective fiction

Posted on March 12, 2012


Dutton Guilt-Edged Mysteries as a digital imprint under the direction of Dutton Editor-in-Chief Ben Sevier. From 1947 to 1956, Dutton Guilt-Edged Mysteries was a pulp noir publisher that specialized in hardboiled detective fiction, including the work of Mickey Spillane, whose first seven Mike Hammer novels were published under the Guilt-Edged logo. The new program will be dedicated to publishing original crime short stories and novellas as Penguin eSpecials. The imprint will launch in Summer 2012 to coincide with the 65th anniversary of the Guilt-Edged publication of Spillane’s first Mike Hammer novel, I, the Jury.

Sevier says: “The re-launch of Dutton Guilt-Edged Mysteries is a fitting tribute to Mickey Spillane, one of the 20th century’s bestselling and most beloved novelists. The new imprint is built to find fresh voices in crime fiction and publish them using distinctly 21st century techniques.” They will accept submissions from literary agents as well as individual writers. The imprint will also partner with Book Country to publish at least one writer from the online fiction workshop community each year. The mysteries will be available wherever ebooks are sold, in a variety of formats compatible with all major e-readers and devices.

Length: 10,000 – 50,000 words

Submissions: By email only, please include submission form

For more information please see Dutton Guilt-Edged Mysteries Submission Guidelines

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