Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America Best First Novel Competition

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2017/2018 Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America Best First Novel Competition is now calling for applications from different writers around the world

12th January 2018

Who may enter
Mystery Writers of America Best First Novel Competition is open to any writer, regardless of nationality, aged 18 or older, who has never been the author of any published novel.

NOTE: writers within the age range of 17 and below cannot participate in the competition.


The contest is sponsored by Minotaur Books and Mystery Writers of America.

You may submit one document (no less than approximately 60,000 words) written in the English language.

Murder or another serious crime or crimes must be at the heart of the story.

Only electronic submissions, uploaded through the online entry form, will be considered.

Entry fees
Entry is free.

If a winner is selected, Minotaur Books will offer to enter into its standard form author’s agreement with the entrant for publication of the winning Manuscript.

After execution of the standard form author’s agreement by both parties, the winner will receive an advance against future royalties of $10,000.

Please visit https://mysterywriters.org/about-mwa/st-martins/ to learn more about the competition.

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