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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Starting Points

Court TV launches their search for the next great crime writer starting November 13.

Canadian writers should keep their eye on the Crime Writers of Canada site for more details about a new competition for unpublished authors. This is the official announcement sent out Saturday November 4 to CWC members.

The unhanged Arthur
Mothership is thrilled to announce that we will be adding a new category to the Arthur Ellis Awards – the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Unpublished Mystery Novel. The award is modeled on the CWA’s Debut Dagger. We are just finalizing the details, but essentially, you submit the first 10,000 words of your unpublished mystery manuscript (rounded up or down to the nearest chapter) along with a synopsis of the book. If you are one of the 10 people to make the first-stage cut, you will be asked to submit your completed manuscript. This long-list will be pared down to a 5-person short-list; the winner will be announced at the Arthur Ellis Awards dinner.

Major thanks to LOUISE PENNY (Dead Cold, McArthur & Company), MICHAEL WHITEHEAD, and MARIAN MISTERS (SLEUTH OF BAKER STREET) who researched and developed the proposal for this new category. Louise has also brought Kim McArthur, publisher of McArthur & Company, to the table – McArthur & Company will be donating a cash prize to the winner. Even more exciting, though, is that Kim will look at the winning manuscript with an eye to possibly publishing it.