Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Wordharvest Hillerman Writing Competitions

If you like writing mysteries set in the American Southwest, here are two contests from Wordharvest that should appeal to you.

The Tony Hillerman 2011 Mystery Novel Competition: Contest for best first mystery novel previously unpublished and set in the Southwest. The story's primary setting is at least one of the following states: Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Southern California and/or Utah. Winner chosen by the editorial staff of St. Martin's press. Deadline June 1, 2001. Click here for word count, prize amount and complete guidelines.

The Wordharvest Mystery Short Story Contest: Stories must be mysteries no more than 2500 words and set primarily in New Mexico. Winner will receive $1000 for the story, which will be published in New Mexico Magazine. Deadline for story submission is August 15, 2011. $20 entry fee. For more informtion click on these guidelines.

Good luck if you enter either contest, and please let us know if you win!


  1. I don't have a mysterious or romantic bone in my body, when it comes to writing. I wish I did...

  2. Cool stuff! And I didn't know Colorado was considered the Southwest. Thanks!

  3. It's a mystery to me why I can't seem to motivate myself to write anything. Would that qualify?


  4. K9friend, that was funny! Since we are talking Hillerman, I have attended some of their workshops here in Santa Fe, and they have been excellent!

  5. Oh, and I should have said that they aren't just for mystery writers, the workshops were about writing and about marketing your word.

  6. Hi Sioux,
    I double dog dare you to try.

    Hi Karen,
    You're welcome.

    Hi Tammy,
    Learn something new every day.

    Hi Pat,
    Mystery solved: You are a very busy woman.

    Hi Melissa,
    I was wondering if you'd ever attended this one since it's in New Mexico.


  7. Thanks for the links, Donna! Deadlines far enough out that submission may be possible. :)

  8. Hi Lisa,
    You are welcome, and you're so right about deadlines.

  9. Thanks for sharing these links, Donna! I love the Tony Hillerman books, and I'm in love with the Southwest, so these contests really jumped out at me. You always share such great info, thanks again!

  10. Hi Julie,
    You are welcome.
    I love your photo. We have a black lab named Harley and he's the best--sometimes.


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