First Crime Novel Competition now open

Posted on October 18, 2012


The 2013 Minotaur BooksMystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition is now open! Murder or another serious crime or crimes must be at the heart of the story.

If a winner is selected, Minotaur Books will offer to enter into its standard form author’s agreement with the entrant for publication of the winning manuscript. After execution of the standard form author’s agreement by both parties, the winner will receive an advance against future royalties of $10,000. On the condition that the selected winner accepts and executes the publishing contract proposed by Minotaur Books, the winner will then be recognized at the Edgar Awards Banquet in New York City in April 2012.

Open to:  Any writer, regardless of nationality, 18 years or older, who has never been the author of any published novel (in any genre)

Genre:  Mystery/crime/thriller

Word length:  No less than 220 typewritten pages or approximately 60,000 words

Entry fee:  None

Deadline:  December 17, 2012

How to submit:  Complete an online entry form and upload manuscript in an electronic file

First Crime Novel Competition Submission Guidelines

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