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Wolfsbane: Best New England Crime Stories

Edited by Christine Bagley, Susan Oleksiw, and Leslie Wheeler

Crime Spell Books

Submissions to Wolfsbane: Best New England Crime Stories 2023 open on January 1, 2023. We will announce the stories selected and notify the authors in June 2023.




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. (You must live in New England for six months plus one day every year to claim legal residency. 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.

Please use standard formatting, with all contact information in upper left-hand corner of page one; do not use line spacing to indicate a new paragraph.

Stories must be previously unpublished in print or electronically, including author websites.


Stories submitted and rejected in one year will not be considered again in a subsequent year.


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 (Al Blanchard Award - New England Crime Bake 2023). 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 April 30, 2023. Authors whose stories are accepted will be notified in June 2023. 

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. Do not use line spacing to indicate a new paragraph.

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


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



Type “Wolfsbane 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.


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Crime Spell Books will pay $25 per story.

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