What better way to heat up a bone-chilling day than sitting by the fire reading a bone-chilling mystery? Today's market is Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, which is part of The Mystery Place.
Here is an ecerpt of the guidelines from their website:
"Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine welcomes submissions from both new and established writers. We publish every kind of mystery short story: the psychological suspense tale, the deductive puzzle, the private eye case-the gamut of crime and detection from the realistic (including the policeman's lot and stories of police procedure) to the more imaginative (including "locked rooms" and "impossible crimes"). We need hard-boiled stories as well as "cozies," but we are not interested in explicit sex or violence. We do not want true detective or crime stories. With the exception of a regular book review column and a mystery crossword, EQMM publishes only fiction. We are especially happy to review first stories by authors who have never before published fiction professionally. First-story submissions should be addressed to EQMM's Department of First Stories.
Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
You can download their guidelines here: http://www.themysteryplace.com/pdf/writeeqmm.pdf
So, here's my challenge: By Feb 15 I'm going to write a mystery and submit it to Ellery Queen, probably one of the minute mysteries (as little as 250 words). How about you?