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2024 Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition



Posted on 26 July 2023

15 December 2023

Who may enter
The competition is open to any writer, regardless of nationality, aged 18 or older, who has never been the author of any published novel.

Short description
The competition is sponsored by Minotaur Books and Mystery Writers of America.

You may submit only one manuscript (no less than 220 typewritten pages or approximately 60,000 words) written in the English language. Murder or another serious crime or crimes is at the heart of the story.

Only electronic submissions, uploaded through the online entry form, will be considered. The entry form is available here.

Entry fee
The competition is free to enter.

The winning manuscript will be published by Minotaur Books. The winner will receive an advance against future royalties of $10,000. 

Competition website
For further information visit the official competition website.