Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Another Contest!

May 31 is the
The Black Orchid Novella Award

[Please pass this on to anyone who might be interested.]

Call for novellas! Please submit your novella for the sixth annual Black Orchid Novella Award (BONA). We are looking for original works of fiction in the tradition of the ratiocinative detective, as exemplified by Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe. Your entry must:
  • Emphasize the deductive skills of the sleuth
  • Contain no overt sex or violence
  • Not include characters from the original series
First prize: $1,000 plus publication in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.

Entries must be 15,000 to 20,000 words in length, and must be postmarked by May 31, 2012. The winner will be announced at The Wolfe Pack’s Annual Black Orchid Banquet in New York City, December 1, 2012.*

Please visit for official rules and procedures to submit your novella. For questions, contact the Awards Chair, Jane K. Cleland,

* If no acceptable candidates are received, AHMM and The Wolfe Pack reserve the right to declare no winner in any given year.

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