Your Chance to Collaborate with
Internationally Bestselling & Award-winning Author
“He stepped inside, shook the snow from his jacket, and realized that everyone in the room was staring at him.”
Writers from across Maine took up the challenge to begin with the opening line above provided by New York Times-bestselling Maine author Tess Gerritsen and tell an entire story in must 500-words or less. More than seventy writers entered, and the winners were:
★ FIRST PLACE “The Devil You Know” by Sally Connolly of Scarborough
★ SECOND PLACE “Sangfroid” by Peter Murray of Westbrook
★ THIRD PLACE “Boston Drivers” by Eva Holmes of Portland
“He stepped inside, shook the snow from his jacket, and realized that everyone in the room was staring at him.” That’s your opening line. And it’s a gift to you from iconic author Tess Gerritsen: her books have been published in 40 countries, sold more than 30 million copies, and the hit TV series Rizzoli & Isles is based on her riveting suspense novels.
The Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance is thrilled (pun intended) to announce the Crime Wave Flash Fiction Contest. You’re invited to finish Gerritsen’s intriguing opening line—written exclusively for this contest—with your own flash fiction of no more than 500-words.
Every entry to the Crime Wave Flash Fiction Contest must begin with the line: “He stepped inside, shook the snow from his jacket, and realized that everyone in the room was staring at him.” After that, it’s up to you – for a total of no more than 500-words!
★ FIRST PLACE Publication in the Maine Sunday Telegram, plus a full scholarship to attend the 2017 Maine Crime Wave.
★ SECOND PLACE Name announced in the Maine Sunday Telegram, plus a 50% scholarship to attend 2017 Maine Crime Wave.
★ THIRD PLACE Name announced in the Maine Sunday Telegram, plus a 25% scholarship to attend the 2017 Maine Crime Wave.
- The competition is open to all Maine residents.*
- There is no fee to enter.
- Please follow the submission instructions carefully. Incomplete or late applications cannot be considered.
- Submit up to 500-words max (including Gerritsen’s opening line, but not the title) as a Word or PDF document via MWPA’s Submittable by clicking HERE.
- Submissions will only be accepted online through Submittable. If you do not have a Submittable account, you will be required to register, which is free and requires only your name and email.
- Your name and contact information (email and phone) should appear on your submission.
- Please Note: As the winning entry will be published in the Maine Sunday Telegram, general newspaper standards around cursing, excessive violence, etcetera will be taken into consideration when selecting a winner.
- Deadline March 24, 2017
*Employees of MWPA and MaineToday Media, and their families, are not eligible.