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Devil's Snare: Best New England Crime Stories 2024

edited by Susan Oleksiw, Ang Pompano, and Leslie Wheeler

Crime Spell Books

The anthology is open to all writers who currently live in the six New England states, but the 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 must be between 1,000 and 5,000 words.

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

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

How to Submit

Submissions will be accepted from January 1, 2024 to April 30, 2024.

Please email your submissions to

Type "Devil's Snare story submission" in the subject line of your email (without this identification, your attachment will not be opened).

Include your name, address, phone number, email, story title, word count, and a brief history of your publishing experience (if any) in the body of the email.

Follow standard formatting guidelines for fiction.

Paginate your story in the header or footer of the document. Include your name and story title.

Type ### or "The End" at the end of your story.

Attach your story as a Word document.

The editors will acknowledge the receipt of all submissions.

Our Contract

Writers will be notified of acceptance by June 2024.

Crime Spell Books buys First North American serial rights. After one year rights revert to the author. If the story is later reprinted elsewhere, the editors ask that the author state that it was originally published in Devil's Snare from Crime Spell Books.

Crime Spell Books will pay $25 per story.

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