Deadly Nightshade: Best New England Crime Stories

Edited by Susan Oleksiw and Leslie Wheeler

Crime Spell Books

CrimeSpellBooks@gmail.com

Submissions to Deadly Nightshade: Best New England Crime Stories 2022 open on January 1, 2022. We will announce the stories selected and notify the authors in June 2022.

 

Guidelines

 

The anthology is open to all writers who currently live in one of the six New England states, but stories do not need to be set in New England. (The six New England states are Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.)

Stories may be written in the following genres: mystery, thriller, suspense, caper, historical, and horror. 

 

Stories may be between 1,000 and 5,000 words.

 

Stories must be previously unpublished in print or electronically, including author websites.

 

Writers may submit up to two stories per anthology, but only one story per author will appear in the anthology. 

We are proud of our quick response time. Therefore, we DO NOT ACCEPT simultaneous submissions. However, you may submit the same story to the Al Blanchard Award Contest. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE AL BLANCHARD AWARD REQUIRES A SEPARATE SUBMISSION to the contest website (https://crimebake.org/al-blanchard-award/). Thank you for your co-operation. 

 

The editors will not consider stories that feature gratuitous violence or sex. 

 

How to Submit

 

The window for submissions is January 1 to March 31, 2022. Authors whose stories are accepted will be notified in June 2022. 

All submissions should be in Word doc or docx. Authors should follow standard formatting. 

  • Put name, contact information, and word count in the upper left-hand corner. 

  • Put pagination in the right-hand corner.

  • The title and author's name are centered on page one.

  • The text should be double spaced and use standard fonts.

  • Type ### or “The End” at the end of your story.

 

If the manuscript does not follow these guidelines, it will be returned. 
 

PLEASE E-MAIL YOUR SUBMISSION AS AN ATTACHMENT TO: CrimeSpellBooks@gmail.com  

 

Type “Deadly Nightshade Short Story Submission” in the subject line of your email. Without this identification, attachments will not be opened.

 

Include your name, address, phone number, email, story title, word count, and a 75-word bio in the body of the e-mail. This bio will be used in the anthology if your story is accepted.

 

The editors will acknowledge the receipt of all submissions.

 

Send To: CrimeSpellBooks@gmail.com

Crime Spell Books will pay $25 per story.