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Their “Animals in Mystery” theme for the next issue was so popular, they’re using the theme for two issues. If you’d still like to submit, the deadline is OCTOBER 15.
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Stories must be set in New York. An invitation to challenge Agatha Christie’s claim that detective stories can’t take place in NYC, because “New York City is itself a detective story.” or to agree with her and set your narrative in another part of the state. The deadline for entry is November 15. (Author must be a member in good standing of both Sisters in Crime National and the New York/Tri-State Chapter.)

Story Magazine’s fifth annual Story Foundation Prize is now open! The winner will receive $1500 and publication in our summer 2024 issue for a single short story. Submissions for the Story Foundation Prize open on August 15th and will close at midnight PST on December 15th. Submit one short story of up to 10,000 words via their Submission Manager.

Suspense Magazine seeks stories of up to 5000 words in the mystery, thriller, suspense, and horror genres. Any story accepted may appear in either the online or hard-copy magazine. They accept reprints and will consider simultaneous submissions. See details.

Unsettling Reads is putting together five anthologies in a series called “Dark Decades.” Each volume has its own decade and theme, but overall they want thriller and horror stories.They invite submissions of stories between 1500 and 5000 word. No reprints. Authors will be paid a modest sum and receive a copy of the volume. The deadline is October 1, or until full.

The entry period for “The Raven Short Story Contest” starts September 1 and ends October 15. They’re looking for fiction of up to 2500 words. The winner will be paid $300, and the story will be featured in the Spring 2024 issue of Pulp Literature Magazine. There is a $20 entry fee.

The Minotaur / Malice Domestic 2024 Best First Traditional Mystery Novel contest has a deadline of November 30, seeks novel length manuscripts of traditional mysteries, and is open to authors who haven’t published a novel. The winner will be offered a publishing contract with Minotaur.

The Minotaur / Mystery Writers of America 2024 Best First Crime Novel competition will consider unpublished novel-length crime manuscripts (at least 60,000 words) from authors who haven’t published a novel. The deadline is December 15. The winner will be offered a publishing contract with Minotaur.

Tough, an online crime magazine, seeks stories of between 1500 and 7500 words and the occasional book review or essay up to 1500 words. They pay $25 per story.