Brenda Chapman, Shallow End, Dundurn Books
Wading through deeply buried secrets to the truth will take Stonechild and the team on a twisted journey into the heart of evil.
Carolyn Arnold, Remnants, Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.
The FBI team is sent to Savannah, Georgia, to hunt a serial killer and find themselves embroiled in a creepy psychological nightmare. Book 6
Janet Brons, Measured for Murder, TouchWood Editions
In the jarring third Forsyth and Hay mystery, ruthless murder and terrifying mayhem is inflicted on women who just might be Measured for Murder.
Vicki Delany, Blood and Belonging, Orca Book Publishers
Sun, sand, vacation…a tiny country struggling to cope with a desperate human wave washing up on its shores. Third in Sgt Ray Robertson series.
Chris Laing, A Family Matter, Seraphim Editions
P.I. Max Dexter's mother is back in Hamilton after an absence of more than 20 years. But why should he meet her after she'd abandoned him when he needed her most?
Colleen Baxter Sullivan, Lil's Way, Waldorf Publishing
Mystery, drama, love, lust and suspense all take place in this novel and the outcome is one you won’t forget.
Iona Whishaw, Death In The Darkening Mist, TouchWood Editions
Lane's midwinter visit to the local hot springs is horribly interrupted when she discovers a man shot to death. Unbeknownst to her, her past will put her very life into the hands of a desperate and deadly killer.
Melissa Yi, Human Remains, Windtree Press
A dead man in the snow leads Dr. Hope Sze from an Ottawa stem cell lab to a series of corpses, both at home and around the globe.
R.M. Greenaway, Undertow, Dundurn Press
A heartbreaking set of murders bring RCMP constables Leith and Dion together in the Lower Mainland, where violence flows like a riptide.
Cathy Ace, The Case of the Curious Cook, Severn House Publishers
The WISE women face puzzles involving newly discovered works by a murdered artist, an untraceable octogenarian, and an old folks’ home.
Michael Blair, The Evil That Men Do, Linda Leith Publishing
When two sociopaths face off, someone is bound to die.
Steve Burrows, A Shimmer of Hummingbirds, Dundurn Press
In this 4th book in the Birder Murder mystery series, Domenic Jejeune finds that sometimes, the wrong choice is the only choice you have.
Vicki Delany, Elementary, She Read, Crooked Lane Books
The first in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium series.
Sarah Fox, For Whom the Bread Rolls, Penguin Random House
In the seaside town of Wildwood Cove, pancake house owner Marley McKinney is tangling with a salty troublemaker . . . and a ravenous killer.
Linda Wiken, Roux the Day, Berkley Prime Crime
J.J. Tanner loves planning events, like the fundraising Casino Night Dinner Cruise. What she hadn’t planned on was murder.
In case this is the first writing competition you've entered (or even if you're an old hand at the game), information and RULES follow on how to format and present your submission and how to write a synopsis.
The Unhanged Arthur Ellis Award
for Best Unpublished Crime Manuscript
Sponsored by Dundurn Press
This page addresses various issues to do with formatting and presentation.
There are a few official rules to do with presentation.
IGNORING THESE RULES MAY DISQUALIFY THE ENTRY.
Beyond these rules, however, there are all sorts of presentation elements which won't disqualify you if you get them wrong, but will which make it much easier for the judges to read and enjoy your work if they are used.
Formatting and Layout
The best way to format text for fiction, used in just about every novel ever published, is as follows:
Punctuation can be a bit of a minefield, and many of the rules are unclear. Three things in particular to beware of are:
For many entrants, writing the required synopsis may be more daunting and difficult than writing the initial 10,000 words of their novel. You are not alone. Experienced and published writers balk in exactly the same way that you do when faced with writing one.
The synopsis should be of the entire book.
Use the same narrative style that you use in the book; if the book is 'chatty' don't change to formal in the synopsis.
Be clear. Show plot movements in order, introduce new characters as they appear, if they are major characters show us the 'why' of their actions as well as the 'what'.
Never offer meaningless sentences such as: “Something dreadful was about to happen.” or “What happened next would devastate him.”
Show how sub-plots interlink with the main plot and its characters.
Do not include physical descriptions unless it is absolutely essential.
A synopsis is always written in present tense, never past.
These pages incorporate material written by Michael Jecks, Kay Mitchell, and Edwin Thomas, members of the CWA who have coordinated the Debut Dagger Awards.
We thank Margaret Murphy and the Crime Writers Association of Great Britain for their generosity in allowing us to adapt material from their Debut Dagger Award Website in describing the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel.
And thank you to Louise Penny and Michael Whiteside for the original adaptation of the CWA rules to use for the Unhanged Arthur.
Submission Rules for The Unhanged Arthur Ellis Award for Best Unpublished Crime Manuscript
Entry Form for Unhanged Arthur
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